After climbing the mountains around Lake Bled on day 2 of our Slovenia trip, on day 3 we took the bus to Lake Bohinji in Triglav National Park.
From there we hiked a few miles up to Stara Fuzina and on through Mostnica Gorge to the waterfall at its Northern end.
Mostnica Gorge itself is at times extremely narrow and you literally have to climb between roots and tree trunks to make your way through. Towards the end, though, you walk through a valley and are presented with beautiful vistas of the Julian Alps.
It’s been almost two years since M and I went to Berchtesgaden, so it was time again for our bi-annual hiking trip. So after landing in Ljubljana, we took the bus to Lake Bled and spent a couple of days there.
I highly recommend the hike up Osojnica Hill. It is pretty steep at times, but the views of the lake and its surroundings from up there are simply breathtaking.
I couldn’t get enough of the postcard-worthy views of Bled Island and the vegetation around Lake Bled.
From our hotel room balcony we had a direct view of Bled Castle. And despite some rain on the first night and discouraging weather forecasts for the week, the new day welcomed us with this gorgeous view.
As there were two holidays last week, I decided to get out of town to take a short vacation in Heimbach (Eifel) for some hiking. The Eifel is only two hours away by train, but you feel so much closer to nature around all the forests and lakes.
The landscape is dominated by various reservoirs and dams, most notably the Rur dam. Below the view from the Hirschley atop the Kermeter onto the Rur lake.
More reservoirs downstream from the Rur dam.
The Art Nouveau hydro-electric power plant in Heimbach.
More pictures from the last full day of my Obereggenen vacation: sunset in the vines above Obereggenen.
Since I was a kid, my family has been going to the village of Obereggenen near Schliengen in the black forest for fall vacation. So for the 30th anniversary of our first vacation, we all spent the weekend there again.
Coming home from work on Friday of last week, I decided I needed to get out of the city for the weekend. Destination: Wangerooge, an island in the North Sea.
The weather wasn’t ideal on Saturday, but it was nonetheless the best travel experience I’ve had in a long time. And on Sunday, shortly before heading home, the sky cleared up creating these perfect vistas.
You just don’t get to see sunsets like this in the city.
I woke up early on Sunday and thus got to enjoy the most beautiful sunrise I’ve ever seen.
Seals in the distance (poor quality, because I had to shoot through the ferry window).
One last look back to Wangerooge before it was time to take the train back home.
Today’s photo excursion took me few kilometers outside of Düsseldorf to Schloss Dyck, one the most beautiful water castles in this part of Germany.
The castle is surrounded by beautifully landscaped parks and patches of forest.