The Philippines is a sunny country with more than 7,000 islands. We were looking forward to explore part of its natural beauty on our Easter holiday this year. It did not disappoint – the people are friendly, the islands beautiful, the food tasty and the climate pleasant.
Hong Kong welcomed us with a thunderstorm and a busy, but very organised airport. We arrived in Hong Kong at the end of March and stayed for 4 days as part of our Easter Holidays trip(the rest was in the sunny Philippines and part of my next post).
In the far east of Russia lies the land of bears and volcanoes. That is the Kamchatka peninsula situated between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west. The volcanoes of Kamchatka are UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bulgaria is a small and beautiful country – the sea, the mountains, the lakes, the ancient history and culture – all inspirational!
Spain is famous for its sunny, fun-filled beach holidays and few might know that winter sports are also practiced here. The ski resort of Baqueira-Beret located in the heart of the Pyrenees, in the Aran Valley and Àneu Valley Lleida provides all the facilities for fun-filled Spanish ski holiday. We spent five days here in February 2016 and truly enjoyed it. One can reach by car from Barcelona or Toulouse, France. The area is rural and extremely charming. Spanish and French are spoken here, as well as some English …
The Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland area that spreads across Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. We visited the Pantanal area of Brazil in August 2016. Sao Paolo to Cuiaba by flight and Cuiaba to Porto Joffre by safari 4×4 vehicle. In Pouso Alegre lodge we woke up to the singing and squeaking of at least ten varieties of birds. Here we also saw a giant anteater, tapir at night and lots of birds, mammals and reptiles. This post is composed of mainly photographs as they tell the story better than words…. Enjoy!
Oslo – Tromsø – Longyearbyen – Pyramiden – Oslo
We visited Svalbard (formerly known by its Dutch name Spitsbergen) for a week and it was as magical as ever. Being the northernmost human settlement in the world with a permanent civilian population it offered us the comforts of the modern world and the wilderness at the same time.