2016 Euro Expedition: Pohoda, High Tatras, Ukraine, Romania

The 2016 Euro Expedition followed the following route:
Starting point was Munich, Germany and from there with the Jeep to Vienna, Austria and onwards to Trencin/Pohoda festival for a long weekend. We moved on to High Tatras mountains to climb the beautiful area and north-western peak of Rysy mountain (2499m).

After that I pushed alone to Košice, the easternmost big Slovakian city and from there over the border to Uzhhorod, Ukraine. From there to Ivano-Frankivsk and further to Chernivtsi to visit the famous university.
This was also the last big city in Ukraine, from there I went south to Vornet, Romania to visit the monastery which is quite a touristy place nowadays. The big city I stayed a bit was Cluj-Napoca in the west which is quite a busy place also with a few fine vegan restaurants (go to Samsara).

Next spot was camping in Budapest, Hungary at Arena Camping before the final trip back to Munich.

Equipment-wise this was the first time I used my roof tent. Despite two zipper incidents it was quite good (sleeping comfort, build-up time). Also first for me: crawling around on the roof of the Jeep.

Linzer Torte auf der Gafadura Hütte

Zuerst ging es am Morgen nach Vaduz, um ein wenig die kleine Hauptstadt Liechtensteins zu erkunden. Hopp zur Burg und St. Florin-Kirche, leider zu spät für das Kunstmuseum. Am Abend ging es dann nach Eschen, wo ich mich im B&B Schönblick einquartiert hatte. Um den Tag vollends auszunutzen gings sportlich in einer Stunde durch den Wald hoch zur Gafadura Hütte. Den Ausblick auf das Tal und die umgebenden schneebedeckten Berge konnte ich erst garnicht genießen. Nach Apfelschorle und einem Stück Linzer Torte ging es aber wieder.

Gafadura Hütte

Danach lockerer Abstieg zurück zum Jeep und dann nach Eschen. Superglücklich die Tagesziele bei wunderschönem Wetter erreicht: das 50. Land erkundet sowie den Berg hoch gekraxelt, dank Föhnwind noch unter der Schneegrenze.

BeNeLux in February

February 5th to Valentines Day (14th of February) I went across BeNeLux to meet up with a friend flying in from Singapore.
I found out that Denham the Jeanmaker did quite some expansions since I saw it in a tiny shop near the spot I stayed in Amsterdam for work some years ago.
We met in Amsterdam, checked out Paradiso club, took a boat trip through the Grachten, visited the Rijksmuseum. By train we went to Bruges and stayed at a very nice little place I was a couple of years ago named a room with a view right in the medival part.
Despite the rainy spring weather we checked out the top of the Belfried while the bells rang (when you’re nearby its crazily loud).
Quite interesting was the beer museum, also did quite some beer tasting/drinking in Bruges.
This topic went on when we moved by train to Brussels where we took a beer experience tour with the Sandeman guys of the free walking tours. Also checked out the European Parliament, the Atomium which I quite enjoyed as inside is an interesting architecture exhibition.
As you can guess already – by train we went to the last stop Luxembourg which showed no mercy and provided us with constant rainy weather. From there I went straight back to Munich – but by plane.

Balkan 2015, Part VI

The last part of the Balkan trip 2015 started in Tirana, from where I went via the Albanian Speedway back to Montenegro for beach vacation.

However, the first spot was crowded, noisy and not well maintained. Just camped there for a night and went on – what a good choice as the second camp ground was such a difference. Tiny spot on a small beach but excellent maintenance, nice people all around. Here I stayed some days to enjoy the summer sun at the beach.

Met Vasel from the visit to Theth valley in his hometown near Podgorica, capital of Montenegro. He was quite surprised to see me so soon again 🙂 We had nice lunch and went for the church near his native place.

I went to the sea to drive northwards to Dubrovnik, the posh city where parts of Game of Thrones were filmed. Despite the hefty price tag on everything there it is a really nice example of a middle age city. Sadly got ill so was not able to enjoy everything, would have tried the boat trip to Lokrum.

Finally the long drive back from Dubrovnik to Munich with a short overnight stay in Ljubljana.

Balkan 2015, Part III

Sarajevo. After I finally found the post office in Belgrade to get a stamp, I left for BIH. Two border crossings(busy at SRB->HR, fast and easy HR->BIH) and a nice trip on new roads through the Bosnian landscape later, I desired something to eat at a vegetarian fastfood restaurant. However, the uConnect navi is not fit for the city and showed no helpful info(no, not a lake!):

 
I switched to HERE app on my mobile which thankfully supports offline navigation and brought me to my destination.

Balkan 2015, Part I

München – Ljubljana

Wednesday – today is the first step of travelling. Did I get everything necessary? Will find out on the trip.

From Munich to Salzburg/Austria and then across the country to Karawankentunnel. On top of the Pickerl/Vignette a Videomaut at two points is required along the road in Austria. It can be obtained online at Asfinag.

Plan is to attend the early Free Tour tomorrow at 11 a.m. on the steps in front of the Pink Church in Preseren Square (City’s Main square). 

Normandy 2015

From Munich via Champagne and Paris to Normandy and then home at Eastern holidays.

First overnight stay: the romantic Chateau de Marjolaine
After more than 750 kilometers we arrived in the night at the Chateau and I had to fiddle the Jeep through the main gate for parking in front of the Chateau. The few rooms to rent are very nice and breakfast was really great and huge.

We had to do a little detour to the middle of Paris as I hadn’t tried the Jeep around Arc de Triomphe and was now able to do it. Have to admit it was quite easy and we went on to Normandy.

Chateau de Damigny, another beautiful place with great hosts and delicious breakfast was our base for four nights. It is located near Bayeux and a good starting point for trips to the beaches where the allied forces landed on D-Day.

Jeep_OMAHA_beach

Of course, the tourist must-see Mont-Saint-Michel. Regarding the Mont-Saint-Michel we were extremely lucky as the time was well pre-season and not too many tourists were visiting the place.

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Also the famous Bayeux Tapestry was an amazing piece of history to enjoy, the audio tour is quite interesting.

The last stay in France was in Honfleur. A small old town house in the middle of the old city provided shelter for small excursions including a hike to the top and around the city of Honfleur.

The route back to Germany was via Belgium heading for the parent’s homes over Easter holiday. Also a short visit to Luxemburg was included.

so far so great

The Jeep has already seen 13 countries with me:
Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, France, Monaco, Spain, Switzerland.
From muddy offroad event near Leipzig to North Cape and the desert of Almeria. Now we’re waiting for Winter time which will hopefully be snowy and fun.

Norway 2014 – Part 12: Nordkap and back

Please note: this is the short version and might be extended in the future 🙂

Nordkap
Hike to Knivskjellodden
Visit Nordkap at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals(2014-07-13) and saw the final with my host where Germany won.

This was not the last part of my trip to Scandinavia but the last of Norway.
I entered Finland from north.

The trip went on through Sweden, Denmark and finally back to Germany.
I was also really glad that the Jeep had no issues and was a trustworthy travel companion.