BRITAIN: Architectural beauty and relaxing nordic nature – Aberystwyth in Wales

Aberystwyth ist just a really lovely, cute place, full of young people from all over the European Union because of its famous university,  which looks like Hogward from the Harry Potter movies. The little refuge is a brilliant destination, if you want to calm down and rest for a while in a chilled area. Close to Aberystwyth is also the small picturesque town of Borth which sits above a vast beach where you feel as if suspended between heaven and earth, between the past and the present.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Unforgettable Encounters – Whale Watching on the Ivanhoe Sea Safari

This article here will be about one of the most memorable experiences on our travels. It is about an encounter with the biggest living beings on our planet, and this almost on the touch! Also on our unique Whale Watching Tour in South Africa was the fabulous Parxi Deluxe, of whom some great photos are included here, as well as an interview with marine biologist Karla van Zyl from the Ivanhoe Sea Safari.

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CHILE: Atacama Sandboarding Adventure

In the north of Chile lies the legendary Atacama Desert with its breathtaking mountains and fascinatingly varying rock colors. From brown to yellow to red or green, you can find a whole rainbow there, especially at sunrise and sunset. We went far into the desert with our mountain bikes and snowboards strapped to our backs to find a special spot for sand boarding.

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GERMANY: BUGA Areal Heilbronn – Nature Makro Close Ups

The annual Federal Garden Show (Bundesgartenschau) of 2019 took place from April 17th to October 6th in Heilbronn. On around 40 hectares between the old arm of the river Neckar and the new Neckar Canal there were heaps of garden constructions, plants and flowers exhibitions and a seperate three-hectare city project with 23 architecturally innovative buildings presented. The green relaxing area is still there and the council keeps it running with cultural events, music concerts or nature workshops. This little innercity flower and insect paradise is open for visitors after paying an enctrance fee. Here is a new 2020 collection of recent nature close up shots by the Heilbronn based photographer André Gellrich.

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MALTA: Duck Village – Ornate Bird Refuge

Manoel Island in the bay of Gżira is not the highlight of the city, but worth a visit for a short walk. There is a small fort, a bathing spot popular with locals and otherwise closed ruins or construction sites. The excursion was really nothing special and in absolutely hot heat we also missed the bathing spot. For a short inbetween visit you can pass by the spot, but you should not necessarily do this at noon time because there´s no shade at all. But you will get a nice view of Valletta and Sliema over the water. In addition shortly after the bridge to the island, there is the lovingly and creatively assembled Duck’s Village, which now houses not only ducks, but many other bird species and even hares and guinea pigs. Just like the motto: All Animals in Harmony.

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CHILE: Trail through the Atacama desert mountains

Here we have an fabulous recommendation for bicycle riders, mountainbike fans and off road tourers from the end of the world. While we traveled through Chile from north to south we had a break in San Pedro de Atacama. It´s a good spot to chill in the hot climate, as well you can do a lot of outdoor activities. Like crossing a part of the desert by mountain bike for example. There are beautiful trails which offer a relatively bleak and monochrome landscape and provide in conjunction with the sun just a stunning picture. Of course, it is not nearly desolate, the mountain formations are just blatant. But the colors change accordingly to the sunlight and the overall scenario is very overwhelming. If you should do the same with a good mountain bike, remember that the “routes” are not always real routes.

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SOUTH-AFRICA: Cape of Good Hope

On a trip to South Africa and Cape Town, the picturesque Cape of Good Hope is of course one of the main spots you should have seen. The spectacularly shaped peninsula between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans rises like an arrow into the maritime border area and frames a paradisiac white sandy beach, where turquoise blue waves break. We stayed for a few days in Mothercity, as Cape Town is often called, and explored the region by rental car. As far as you can handle the traffic on the left, this is probably the cheapest and most flexible exploration opportunity. Of course, many things also go by public transport and countless tours and day trips are offered, but if you want to avoid the big tourist crowds and prefer a free time schedule, then we clearly recommend the rental car. The easiest way to book the vehicle you want at Avis, Europcar, Budget, Tempest or Thrifty is to pick up and drop off directly at the airport.

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