After travelling to rather uncommon holiday places like Ukraine, Russia, China and Iran in the last few years we wanted to get a little bit more laid back and we decided to do a small roadtrip through the baltic countries Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in our two weeks of summer holidays in 2018. To most people these countries still are very uncommon compared to the super popular travel places in southern Europe so I’d like to share some impressions here.
After the few days in Holland we went to Germany’s Ruhrgebiet or as they call it the “Ruhrpott”. This area of Germany is famous for its open-cast mining and steelworks some of which are active to this day.
Being invited to a wedding in the “Ruhrgebiet” in Germany gave us a perfect excuse to take a whole week off.
During the Easter holidays we took – once again – a little trip by train. This time we drove to Genoa on the Italian Mediterranean coast in only six hours.
I recently found the time to visit Florence, Italy. The main goal for this trip was to take some photos of the lovely Tuscany city and escape the cold weather in Zurich for a few days.
Recently I attended a technical conference in Montpellier, France, for five days. As I still had a roll of FP4+ loaded in my Contax T2 and I had to travel as light as possible I decided to just take this nice little camera with me.
Recently I noticed more and more articles about people travelling Persia or – as it’s called nowadays – Iran.
There is a very popular book about couchsurfing in Iran which seems to inspire a growing number of people to have a look at this unknown, wild and interesting country by themselves.
While we did not use the couchsurfing platform at all, my girlfriend and I travelled through Iran in October 2016 and as it seems Iran is getting more and more popular for travellers and there is a growing demand in information on Iran while the country is slowly opening up to the west again.
So I decided to write a bit about our experiences there in retrospective because I started this blog only after we came back.
Some weeks ago I was planning a short trip which should take me not too far away from Zürich as I had only one week off. The trip should take place in early March and I felt like having some warm and sunny days after the cold winter we had in Switzerland so Italy promised to be a great choice. I finally decided to go to Palermo, Sicily.
I imagined Palermo as a very traditional Italian town full of history, busy streets, lively people and – of course – the great mediterranean food, so this all sounded very holiday-like to me.
Saturday morning walk in Zurich Oerlikon, a suburban industrial quarter of Zurich with its very own charming character, far off the inner city’s shiny places where you can literally get sick of all the opulence and shallowness.