Photo of the day: a view on Nong Khiaw, Laos

Eight more minutes, the sign indicates. “If I am fast it might be only 5”, I tell myself when I eagerly hike up the last few steep metres before reaching the viewpoint overlooking the rural town of Nong Khiaw in Northern Laos. Reaching the top after a one-hour hike, the 360-degree view on Nong Khiaw does not fail to impress: the terraces of light green rice paddies contrast with Keep reading

Uncovering the secret & most beautiful beach of the French Riviera

The sun has warmed up my skin more than I can bear while the warm wind spreads a scent of pine through the air. My backpack is filled with delicious fresh fruits from the market of the Cour Lafayette in Toulon, ready to be munched away during a picnic at a secret cove, by one of the most beautiful beaches of the French Riviera. Keep reading

The High Coast Trail, Sweden: A visual tour

The High Coast trail (or Höga Kusten leden) is a beautiful 128-kilometre multi-day hiking trail from stuga to stuga, along the eastern coast of Sweden, about 6 hours north of Stockholm by car. The High Coast trail leads  Keep reading

Photo of the day: Discover Skuleskogen, Sweden

Trekking along the Swedish High Coast of the Baltic Sea and through its isolated Skuleskogen National Park, the landscape takes Keep reading

Photo of the day: The High Coast trail, Sweden

The High Coast (Höga Kusten) trail is a unique 128-kilometre hike through the woods and along the geographically very interesting East coast of Sweden. Well marked and with Keep reading

Crossing the bay of the Mont Saint Michel

It has been a long trip, walking for hundreds of kilometres. Setting off about a month ago, we have just arrived at the foot of the last obstacle. It is so close and yet, it seems impossible to reach. The high tide covers up the whole shore and I fear greatly for this life-threatening crossing on foot to the sacred island Keep reading

Photo of the day: Surreal High Coast, Sweden

The High Coast trail in Sweden is a fantastic playground for hikers. In May, the weather can still be a bit cold and foggy, providing some good photo opportunities at times.

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Photo of the day: colourful hummingbird taking a break

You can hear them hovering past your ear, maneuvering acrobatically  into all directions and when you spot them they are already on the next flower: the hummingbird is one of a kind.

All over Central America these beautiful birds can be seen, feeding themselves on the nectar of flowers with their characteristic long beak and tongue. Close to the entrance of the Monte Verde cloud forest of Costa Rica, one can observe these colibris more closely in the hummingbird garden.

 

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Explore Santa Fé, Panama, a hiking paradise

The young ayudante holds his balance gracefully when the colectivo (the mini-van turned local bus), sets off to the next bus stop on the winding road. The engine makes more noise as the gradient of the road gets steeper and the view on the rolling hills surrounding us more beautiful. Behind the next curve lays the remote mountain village of Santa Fé, about five hours South-West of Panama City.

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Photo of the day: the tree of love, Panama

This tree of love held his host so tight that it eventually strangled it, explaining its more common name of strangler fig. It is not really a tree, but vines that grow around them. Keep reading