My favourite holiday destination in my home country – Group post with our travel blogger buddies – PART II

This is the second and final part of our group collaboration. Enjoy. My favourite holiday destination in my home country: Bath, England, UK – by Janina from Stromfield Adventures To find it on Google Maps, click here. Living a stone’s throw away from Gatwick has distinct advantages but recently we have been making an effort to ignore that in a bid to explore more of our local surroundings – and we’ve been delighted with what we have found.  We had always heard good things about Bath but until the summer 2019 I had never managed to make it and to see how much it has to offer.  Although the Roman baths are, quite rightly, a main attraction it is full of other interesting sights to see and countryside to explore. All photos in this section (c) Visit Bath A B&B stay, all-inclusive (altar, etc.) We landed on our feet by […]

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My favourite holiday destination in my home country – Group post with our travel blogger buddies – PART I

Regarding international travel, there is not a whole lot on the horizon at the very moment. Ms B & I as well as our travel blogger friends encourage everyone to act responsibly. Depending on your situation, this can potentially involve international travel, but it will almost certainly mean a lot less international travel than usual for most of us. We all hope that travel will become safer again in the foreseeable future. Planning an overseas trip Over the years, whenever we are planning our next trip overseas, we try to make use of most readily available resources to some extent. We usually get ourselves a travel guide book in hardcopy or for our phones, check other bloggers’ posts, read online news articles and forum chats, tweet some questions, do some general internet research, check the tourism board announcements, consult government travel guidance, ask friends who have been travelling to the […]

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Trip to Europe’s highest mountain, Mount Elbrus – by our friend Nils

During the soccer world championships 2018 a good friend of mine and I went on a weird, wondrous, and wonderful trip full of adventure and tragedy from our base in Kalmykia’s capital Elista, where my family and I were staying on holiday with relatives (my wife is Kalmykian; more about Kalmykia here) Russian Rides My mate had been able to get his hands on a real retro racer from the 80s, a Lada Samara, which made 50km/h feel like 180km/h (a good thing in my book). Even in absence of any aircon, you never got too hot, because wobbling over mountain passes with the abyss right next to you makes your blood chill. Also, the tropical 35C degrees of the valleys went down close to freezing point near the peaks, which came in handy. Those old Soviet boneshakers are indestructible, more robust than any modern 4×4 off-roader. Ours took three […]

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One week in Bhutan with Bhutan Norter

In early March, Ms B was invited by the brilliant people of Bhutan Norter to spend one week in Bhutan, well six days and six nights, to be precise. I joined her on a special rate. What better way to reach a destination than by flying on an airplane past Mount Everest and some of the other highest mountains in the world. This post and the related posts are intended to give you a good feel for what our trip to Bhutan was like and what yours could be like. We do not try to replicate guide books that have often been written by experts following months of research. Neither does this post include descriptions (or even only mentions) of every temple and sight we visited. We also opted for a lean schedule giving us plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere, to relax, take photos, and enjoy our […]

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Punakha Festival – the mother of all festivals

After a hearty breakfast at our hotel overlooking Punakha Valley, we drove down to Punakha Dzong (1,200m ASL) for the Punakha Festival. Completed in 1638, the fortress is the second oldest (after Simtokha) and second largest one (after Trongsa) in the country. The dzong The first Bhutanese dzong-like structure was built in 1153, but Simtokha was the first to combine administrative with monastic capacities) and all of the older dzongs have had their architectural substance largely replaced over the centuries. Without any doubt Punakha Dzong is one of the country’s most magnificent buildings. Until 1955 it was the seat of the national Government, then the capital was moved to Thimphu.   Confluence of male and female river You reach the dzong via a wooden bridge over one of the two rivers that surround it. It is the Mo Chhu, the female river, which made its way all the distance from […]

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