I know, this is long overdue… But Lars and I have 2 very good excuses. First of all, I took this picture a short time before we had to leave Denmark. Second, when we were back in Belgium, Lars and I both had a severe attack of bronchitis. Yes, we spent a week coughing our lungs out, sneezing and blowing our noses. I even lost my voice during 2 days… Anyway, we are both feeling better now and from Monday on, we will resume work on the blog. This last picture of our trip to Denmark features the beach of Thurø. No blue skies that day, the weather was changing…
The correct name is actually Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden; there is also a town called Ramsau in Austria. Anyway, on the last day of 2015 the weather was sunny but very cold; Lars and I liked to do some exploring and photographing, but without freezing to death. So, we took a free bus to Ramsau and Hintersee and took pictures of the magnificent landscapes … in the bus.
The road towards Ramsau is surrounded by mountains:
Ramsau is a charming small town, which is known for its picturesque church, built in the 16th century:
The tower of the church is shaped like an onion, which is common in this area. A few kilometres further is the Hintersee, a small lake. Part of it was frozen and people were skating on it:
We had plans to do some more sightseeing the next day, but the weather changed; temperatures went up and it rained a lot. Not exactly very tempting to go outside and take pictures.
Luckily, things were different in Prague!
Most hotels in Berchtesgaden offer their guests a free card, which allows them to take most of the regional busses for free. One notable exception is the bus to Salzburg, which requires a return ticket of five euros per person. Anyway, one sunny morning Lars and I took the bus to the Königssee, which is often called the most beautiful alpine lake. We were curious to see if this place was really worth it.
The bus ride took about 15 minutes and drove through the cozy and pretty village of Schönau. After you get off at the bus stop, expect a walk of about 10 minutes through a very touristic street:
I was surprised to see that the water of the lake isn’t blue, but green. The Königssee is also very narrow, like a fjord. It is about 8 kilometres long and used to be one of the favourite places of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun. When I was there, a bit of mist was still floating on it. I have to admit that the lake is indeed breathtaking:
A lot of people take a boat to visit the rest of the lake. We didn’t, because we don’t like crowds. I wonder if there is a road around the Königssee; if so, we would like to come back and see more of it.
Lars and I did a bit more sightseeing today. I took this picture not far from our hotel in Berchtesgaden.
San Vincenzo is a seaside town, to the south of Livorno.
First of all, you can find a very good tourist information office right next to the railway station, which provides you with everything you want to know about this part of Tuscany. The woman who runs the office, is very helpful and is fluent in English.
Most of the interesting historical sites are outside of San Vincenzo, which attracts tourists because of its beaches. There is a beautiful watchtower from the 14th century though, overlooking a pretty marina.
Opposite the watchtower, Lars and I made a tasty discovery: a small shop specialized in mozzarella. That is, the real mozzarella, made with real buffalo milk. Since I am allergic to lactose, I couldn’t wait to taste some of it. And so we did; and of course we had bread and a nice glass of red wine to go with it. You can’t imagine what it feels like to be able to eat cheese and not being ill afterwards!
A real foodie paradise! All in all, San Vincenzo is a cozy town, combining elegant pedestrian zones – with shops and restaurants – with some rustic Tuscan style.
Finally, outside the town, Lars and I went out of the car, to sniff some sea air.
It was our goal to visit at least 2 places in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. When we left Vilnius, we didn’t go straight to Riga, but had a stop in Liepaja.
Liepaja is the third largest Latvian city and is known for its Seaside Park and white sandy beaches, wooden houses and Art Nouveau buildings and the many shops and restaurants. Ingrid and I liked the harbor area the most.
If you drive on the main road to the south of Liepaja, you will see a road sign towards Pape. A dirt road of 8 kilometers takes you to a nature reserve – with some luck you can see wild horses – and a magnificent beach.
On the opposite side of the main road is the village of Rucava, with its beautiful Lutheran church.
The Bernati Nature Park is also worth a visit. Think forests, dunes and sandy beaches… Ingrid and I also stumbled upon a small monument, indicating the most western point of Latvia (not far from Nica).
Horne is a small town, situated in the south of Funen:
Lars and I visited the church of Horne 2 years ago; it’s the only round church of Funen and it was the setting for a Danish dark comedy, Adam’s Apples. We came back, because in 2012 I had the idea of converting all my pictures to b&w and deleting all the originals…
Anyway, this is how the exterior of the church looks like during a cloudy spring day:
Usually, Danish churches are closed on Saturdays, but we were lucky. The local organ player was rehearsing, so we could visit Horne church after all. The reason why I insisted on coming back here and taking color pictures is because of the charming blue interior.
Mission accomplished! It was such a beautiful afternoon that Lars and I decided to continue our drive. We went south and stumbled upon Bojden Nor, a beautiful coastal lagoon. Because of the many species of migratory birds, this is a protected area.
15 minutes later, Lars and I were in Dyreborg:
This was our second time here. 2 years ago, it was raining; this time, there were sun and clouds. I simply love this beach…
From a dead volcano, that is …
When we started climbing, the view was like this:
Once Lars and I reached the top, we could see a big part of the Balaton lake!
After a difficult climb, these views were certainly a big reward!