Category Archives: Destinations
Impressions from Kronborg Castle, Denmark.
Weekends are for traveling, right? Exploring new spots is such a nice way to end a week and enrich my Erasmus stay here in Denmark. I am kind of busy during the week (hello class attendance!). Therefore I only have the weekends to explore as much of Copenhagen and its surroundings as possible.
Dipping into the healing waters of the Dead Sea is truly a unique experience. Covered with mud, the Dead Sea brings my skin back to life.
THE MOMENT I put my foot inside the water, I knew there was something unusual. When I was completely in the water, my body was floating towards the surface. No matter how hard I tried to stay under the water, my body was always upside the water. After a few attempts I took advantage of that situation by reading a newspaper while effortlessly floating on the surface.
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“If paradise had a name, it would be called Catalina Island.”
This blog post is about my trip to Catalina Island. Having had a hard time deciding where to go (read my “struggle” here), there was this great deal for the Dominican Republic. And as the flights to and from Punta Cana matched perfectly with my schedule, the decision was made. So, in July I stayed four days in an enormous resort in La Romana. Honestly I went there with mixed feelings, as I am not a fan of package tourism, where your day is basically pre-set and your individualism is limited. BUT;
Bratislava – picturesque, historic and rich in contrast.
5 Cool Things To Do In Bratislava.
I had told you in my latest post that I am planning on discovering my surrounding area in addition to my long distance trips. No sooner said than done: one week ago I went to Bratislava.
Hohenwerfen Castle, Salzburgerland.
Last weekend I attended my very first blogger convention. I took part at Salt and the City, Salzburg’s blogger convention that took already place the second year in a row. The first day was packed with speeches, workshops, yummy food and networking. I got to know so many lovely blogger girls and boys and was amazed by their openness and friendliness. Having the same passion really connects. 🙂
The second day we went on an excursion to Salzburgerland. For those of you who are not familiar with this region, Salzburg is not only the name of the city of Salzburg but also the name of the federal state of Salzburg, also called Salzburgerland. Our destination was the Castle Hohenwerfen.
Located in Pongau, around 50 kilometers south of the city of Salzburg, the medieval castle of Hohenwerfen was easily accessible by car. It’s a shame, having lived in Salzburg for more than 20 years I have never managed to go there, even though it’s just around the corner. Nevertheless I do see things with a different eye since I have been flying and traveling. Sometimes you have to travel far away to appreciate things that are close. We took the cable car up. Alternatively you can also walk up there. It will take you approximately 30-60 minutes depending on your personal level of fitness and the number of photo-stops you are planning.
The weather was unsettled, which did not bother me as the castle looked much more authentic with the trees on top of the hill covered in fog.
The fortress itself is well maintained and takes visitors back to the Middle Ages. Some of the parts of the castle you get to see are the castle towers, the ancient clockwork, torture chambers, a trapdoor leading to an oubliette in 9 meters depth.
The second item on the itinerary was the flight demonstration by the Historic State Falconry Center. Usually I am skeptical when it comes to animals being used for entertainment, but if you are interested in that long tradition is it impressive to see birds in free fall.
It was a very versatile and interesting day and I gained a lot new impressions about castles in the Salzburg area and the Middle Ages.
I have decided to find a balance between long-distance journeys and discovering my country. I am planning on also exploring more of my “neighborhood”, since there are so many lovely places in and around Austria I haven’t visited yet. So stay tuned for a bit of Austria and Europe hopping. 🙂
Have you been to the Hohenwerfen Castle before? What’s next on your personal travel-agenda?
Safe travels, Carola