January 22, 2017

Impressions of India

Couple of weeks before Christmas we were off to India to join couple of friends (from UK but with origin in India) for loads of sightseeing.
Priyanka and Prashant have arranged with the route - suggested the sights, booked the hotels, boats, trains and airplanes - well, everything to be fair. BEST! Thank U guys so much!

The trip started with four of us meeting up in Mumbai where we spent few days visiting temples, the beach, Gateway of India and loads more. The impression - it is as chaotic as you have seen/heard :)
Especially the traffic, it goes in all directions at the same time filling up every little space with rickshaws (motor and bike), taxis, trucks, bikes, etc etc.. All the honking.. That was an experience where there was no time for hesitation, just Go :) 

After leaving Mumbai we flew to the capital Delhi where the traffic was more 'aggressive', the people more loud, the colours darker and the air much more polluted (heavy thick smog). Despite all of that, the sights were amazing - the Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar, Humayuns Mosque and Tumbes, India Gate..
2h by train south east of Delhi is Agra, mainly famous for the Taj Mahal Temple, but even there so many more sights are breath-taking.
The experience of taking train was 'interesting' too, as we were in the 1st class the trip was probably completely different compared to other options. We got a rose and they just kept feeding us during those 2 h. Much appreciated :)
In Agra beside visiting Taj Mahal  (A must) we also saw the Red Fort with its beautiful red sandstone walls located just a few kilometers from Taj Mahal. There is so much history there that I would love to tell you about, but I'm rather sure I would end up writing a whole book :)

Anyhow, from here we were off to Kerala by airplane and all about that in the next post :)
                                                                           
Global Vipassana Pagoda


A family on a scooter

Taj Mahal


Red forth

Red forth

Busy hotel street in New Delhi

Qutab minor


Qutab minor

Lotus temple

Lotus temple

humayuns tomb

Humayuns tomb

another family ;)

September 28, 2016

Slovenia weekend

In the end of August it was time for the annual and long-awaited hike arranged by wife's work, well she is rather engaged in it.
It is always a happy bunch who goes on these trips and the nice thing is that the better halves ;) gets the chance to come along. It's really something I look forward to every year.
This time, we were going to Slovenia to hike in the surroundings of lake Bohinj and for those that wanted/could also climb their highest mountain - Triglav 2864m
We took it easy the first day as we had an early start that morning, 4 am #yawn At the arrival in Klagenfurt /Austria we rented a bus to take us to lake Bled, which is known for its church located on an island. We walked around there for 4-5 hours before continuing with the bus to Stara Fuzina where we would staying during the entire trip.
The following morning, second day, the majority of the group started their two-day hike up to Triglav. As the hike is rather long and steep it needed an overnight stay at the top cabin, Dom Planika. Few of us stayed in the valley exploring the lake Bohinj and its beautiful surroundings.
                                                                   
Lake Bled


Lake Bled

Nice nightskye


Lake Bohinj

view from vogel towards Triglav massive


mostnica gorge

mostnica gorge

mostnica gorge

mostnica gorge

mostnica gorge

mostnica gorge

September 21, 2016

Croatia


Starting in late July and 3 weeks ahead, it was time for a long-awaited holiday at the summer house in Croatia.
Lazy days mixed with adventure and refurbishment is how our holidays usually looks like - perfect mix if you ask me.
The camera came out few times as well so some pictures were taken and here comes the results :)
                                                                       















September 5, 2016

Funäsfjällen

Next stop after leaving Röros (last blog post) was Funäsdalen where we spend 4 nights to have enough time to explore the area. Did some hiking, mountain biking, fishing, trail running and so on.
We were so lucky with the weather as it only rained the last day and then also just little.
Something that I really love is fishing, and it actually went rather good. We even managed to grilled a trout in foil at the beach - as fresh as it gets. My wife finally got to taste it like that - it has apparently never happened before :))
Unfortunately I didn't carry the camera with me much. Although something that we have pics of is a bit of a secret - a lovely waterfalls (Anderssjöåfallet) that is truly worth visiting.
                                                                         
View towards Helags massif

Ringed Plower

Hamra nature reserve

Andersjöåfallet

Andersjöåfallet

Andersjöåfallet

Andersjöåfallet

Andersjöåfallet