Discovering the white villages of Rhodes

After a few trips to Rhodes and wonderful Greece, I felt the need to leave in search of some corners of an island that I thought I knew all too well. Actually Rhodes hides some white villages perched on the hills, complete with a sea view, where you can enjoy wonderful views, discover unmissable colorful corners and taste some divine local dishes.

I will not dwell too much on the well-known and touristic Lindos, since I almost take it for granted that many have visited or already seen it, at least through the hundreds of photos scattered on the web … I begin and end with only two details of this splendid village where I had the pleasure of staying a few days. The little church of San Pauli Bay … You can’t understand what an effort I made to photograph it from above in the early morning at dawn! There is only a small hill from the parking lot above the bay full of pebbles and stinging succulents … The view is wonderful, but the terrain is rough and suitable only for local goats!

The little church of San Pauli Bay
The little church of San Pauli Bay in Lindos




But let’s continue south …
Just before arriving in Gennadi, another white village that I discovered by chance on a previous trip, there is Lachania, a village that you can reach from a road by turning right (if you are coming from Lindos-Rhodes).
A movie called “Hight Season” was made in Lachania in 1987, directed by Clare Peploe, starring Jaqueline Blisset and James Fox.
Entering the village you cannot help but notice an infinity of white walls and houses with the typical blue windows.
But what struck me most about Lachania was the small square which you get to by going down the street.
Big trees cover some tables and the bar where locals and tourists can drink and eat away from the scorching Greek sun.
Wonderful!




I was talking about Gennadi
I had discovered this village by chance because during a previous trip I had lost my identity card at the airport and, when I arrived in Lindos, the only active police station was here …
So I had ventured at noon and under the scorching sun through the narrow streets of this deserted village in search of the police station to report the loss of my document.
This time, however, I returned with my camera and I found people around and some bars open …
A whole other thing but still a lot of typically Greek charm




Going towards Rhodes there is instead a white and very colorful village that you absolutely must visit: it is called Koskinou and I must admit that this was the place in cyui I have seen more tourists ever (after Lindos which is super-crowded of course) .. .
Koskinou is a fairly quiet village 2 km from the main road and 7 km from Rhodes (you can also get there comfortably by bus if you have not rented a car or something to move independently)




When the road is not long and the hot sun is strong, I always prefer to walk, because you can discover beautiful things and glimpse the beauties of nature … We know the sea and the villages but everything else?

donkeys grazing among the rocks


Yes, the details …
Seeing Lindos from the rearview mirror of the car is certainly suggestive but perhaps a little sad …
It is definitely best to see her when she is arriving and the vacation begins … Don’t you think?

Lindos

11 Irish summer festivals and events not to be missed under any circumstances

A summer trip to Ireland isn’t complete without taking part in one of the many music, art and culture festivals because Ireland’s festivals bring fun, laughter, good times and great memories.

1.Among the key dates to watch this summer is the Galway International Arts Festival https://www.giaf.ie (11-24 July), which has been described as “the biggest, most exciting and most imaginative explosion of artistic activities “of the island of Ireland. This year it features artists from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Europe and, of course, Ireland and Galway, in a major program of theater, music, comedy, visual art, dance and literary events.
There will be concerts by extraordinary artists from the likes of Pixies, The Flaming Lips and The Stunning, with theatrical highlights including a production of Sam Shepard’s True West, from the Chicago-based Steppenwolf Company. Among many other events is “Lifeline”, an ambitious project from the days of Galway European Capital of Culture, which will see 150 locals perform on a rope above the River Corrib.

2. For a taste of “salty” air, head to the magical Foyle Maritime Festival https://www.foylemaritime.com in Derry-Londonderry (20-24 July), where the famous Walled City of Northern Ireland will welcome sailors who will take part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Various activities are scheduled, such as street theater, fireworks, water sports and gastronomic delights in abundance. Surrounded by the fascinating history of the city walls and a fleet of 70-foot ocean liners, this is a festival not to be missed.

Foyle Maritime Festival

3. Played on the beautiful Causeway Coastal Route and surrounding areas in Northern Ireland, SuperCup NI https://www.supercupni.com (24-29 July) is a world-renowned international youth football tournament. Featuring teams from Mexico, Bermuda and the English Premier League, including Man Utd, it offers a unique opportunity for fans to identify some of football’s most promising talents and future stars.

4. Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (Music Festival of Ireland) https://fleadhcheoil.ie is the largest traditional Irish music festival on the planet. This year it takes place in Mullingar, County Westmeath, in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands (from 31 July to 7 August). Featuring a week of Irish music, song and dance, not to mention evening entertainment and family fun, the festival is the highlight of summer for music buffs and culture vultures.

5. Located in lively Belfast, August Féile https://feilebelfast.com (4-14 August) is part of Féile an Phobail, the largest community festival on the island. A celebration of diversity, passion and creativity, drawing people from all over the world to West Belfast. It is advisable to attend the carnival parade on Saturday 6 August and to concerts, comedies, speeches, tours, theater, debates and, above all, the great community party.

6. Or you can decide to spend enchanting summer evenings of music, comedy, film and theater in the beautiful seaside town of Bangor, in Northern Ireland, which has just gained UK city status. The Open House Festival https://openhousefestival.com (11-29 August) will take place in the stunning Bangor Castle Walled Garden and will feature artists such as Beth Orton, Paul Brady, Eddi Reader and the Hothouse Flowers, with screenings of classic films including including Thelma and Louise and Chicago.

Open house festival

7. An integral part of an Irish summer is one of the largest show jumping events in the world, the Dublin International Horse Show https://www.dublinhorseshow.com (17 – 21 August). A celebration of Ireland’s affinity for the horse and all things equine, it lights up August and welcomes competitors and visitors from all over the world. Over 1,000 magnificent horses and ponies are involved in this magical spectacle, but it is also renowned for style, shopping and socializing.

8. Running since 1959, the Rose of Tralee International Festival https://www.roseoftralee.ie (19-23 August) is another Irish festival not to be missed. See the streets of Tralee turn into a party of parades, music, circus, funfair, markets and traditional Irish entertainment. The five days of events culminate in two evenings, in which roses of Irish origin from all over the world come and have a special place dedicated to them to pay homage to the Irish diaspora.

9. The Antrim Coast Half Marathon https://antrimcoasthalfmarathon.com (28 August) awaits the bravest. It takes place against the backdrop of the Causeway Coastal Route, voted “one of the top five greatest journeys on Earth” by Lonely Planet. The World Athletics certified course is flat and fast, promising one of the fastest half marathons in the world.

10. For movie buffs, the Galway Film Fleadh https://www.galwayfilmfleadh.com (5 – 10 July) is the perfect place to explore exciting new feats in the world of cinema, and, for an exciting 15 days on the Wild Atlantic Way, don’t miss the Eearagail Arts Festival https://eaf.ie (9 – 24 July) in County Donegal.

11. For street art lovers, the Viking city of Waterford offers Spraoi Waterford https://spraoi.com (29 – 31 July), with its four days of non-stop fun in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East.

With all these events, fun on the Island of Ireland is guaranteed throughout the summer. And given that when it comes to festivals, Ireland is truly unique, it would be a real shame not to organize yourself to see at least one!

Prince Edward Island: a journey through lighthouses, stories, good food and beaches

Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province and has only 150,000 inhabitants. Despite this, the island has one and a half million tourists a year.
On the island there are 90 beaches, all particular and different from each other: to the north you can find white beaches with dunes, to the south red sand beaches with cliffs.
Prince Edward Island has 52 lighthouses, 38 of which are still active.

Anne of Green Gables

Credit: ©Tourism PEI / John Sylvester

This unique place is also home to the famous orphan Anne of Green Gables, a novel translated into 18 languages as well as a television series.
Although fictitious, Anne of Green Gables is very real in the hearts and minds of islanders and fans.
There are attractions all over the island dedicated to Anne and her author, Lucy Maud Montgomery.

You can visit the Anne Museum in Park Corner, then pop into Lower Bedeque to visit the school where she taught.
You can almost imagine Anne hitting Gilbert in the head with a blackboard! Feel the influence this island has had on Lucy Maud Montgomery and you will understand why Anne was so enchanted by life here. You intertwine them too your braids and come and explore the land of Anne.

And if you want to immerse yourself in the rich history that explains how Anne is become such a phenomenon, you also have to go through the life of Lucy Maud Montgomery.
She was born on the north coast of Prince Edward Island in 1874 and raised in Cavendish by her grandparents.
It was here that she wrote her most famous novel, Anne of Green Gables.
You can visit her birthplace, where she married, where she taught, and find out how she was inspired by Prince Edward Island to create her own novel.

Green Gables Museum aereal view

Parks Canada recently completed a full rehabilitation site in Green Gables, which includes a new visitor center with a lounge exhibit, a gift shop and a coffee shop, as well as items updated interpretative.

Culinary experiences

Credit: ©Tourism PEI / Stephen Harris

Prince Edward Island produces some of the most sought after food products in the world. Traditional Mi’kmaq methods can be used, preparing the bannock and cooking it in the sand. Or you can pick up the clams on the beach and cook them over a high heat.

Island Flavours Culinary Bootcamp Culinary Institute of Canada

Find out why this dining experience was named one of Canada’s signature experiences by Destination Canada! The chef will take you on a delicious culinary journey through local bounty: shellfish, beef, pork and, of course, local potatoes.
Local produce will be used to create a flavorful menu that will include things like cooking lobster like an islander, incorporating seasonal fruit into recipes, and enjoying all of the seasonal vegetables.

Routes and paths

Image by JFGagnonPhoto from shutterstock

Launched in autumn 2021, TheIsland Walk is a 700km walking trail that winds around the island. It takes about 32 days to complete (20-25 kilometers per day) and was inspired by other famous walks around the world.
There are plenty of opportunities to complete the island walk in sections and spend more time exploring certain areas than they could attract you more. The trail will take you along the ocean, through red dirt roads, beaches and quiet back roads along the outer perimeter of the island, with a mix of inland and coastal sections.

The route weaves through Prince Edward Island’s two main towns, Charlottetown, Summerside, and also through many small communities across the island – a large circle that allows walkers to finish the walk where they started.

Confederation trail

The tip-to-tip trail of the island runs on abandoned railway lines and leads into wetlands and deciduous forests, through quaint villages and along sparkling rivers. There is no better way to explore the natural beauty of Prince Edward Island than by hiking or biking along the trails.

Scenic coastal roads

Prince Edward Island’s three scenic trails are a perfect way to explore the island. With over 45 harbors scattered across the rugged coastline, fishing, villages, lighthouses, antique shops and restaurants serving the freshest of delicious island cuisine, there will always be reasons to stop and explore something new. Don’t miss the fairytale villages of Victoria, Cavendish, Georgetown, Souris, or Tignish.

The Confederation bridge

Confederation Bridge
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The Confederation bridge is an approximately 12km-long engineering marvel that connects the island to the mainland. It is the longest bridge in the world that crosses frozen waters in winter.

Fehmarn Island: between cycle paths, beaches, nature and lots of sun

With 2200 hours of sunshine a year, the island of Fehrmarn is not only one of the sunniest areas in Germany, but it is also the third largest island in the country.
Fehmarn has 300 kilometers of scenic cycling routes. From flat rocky paths along the sea to open meadows and fields, which glow bright yellow during the rapeseed flowering season in spring.
Kiters and surfers love the island thanks to the good wind conditions and infrastructure. Tens of thousands of migratory birds rest in Fehmarn’s four nature reserves every year.

Information on the island
St. Peter's Church in Landkirken, Fehmarn
SSt. Peter’s Church in Landkirken

The name of the island dates back to fe mer, in Slavic “by the sea”. The inhabitants call their island “Crust” because of the shape reminiscent of the crust of bread.
Fehmarn is located between the Kiel Bay and the Mecklenburg Bay in the Baltic Sea. Staberhuk is the easternmost point and Marienleuchte the northernmost point of Schleswig-Holstein.
Fehmarn has 12,552 inhabitants (as of 31 December 2016), of which around 6,000 live in Burg.
Since 1 January 2003 the whole island has become the city of Fehmarn (from the merger of the rural communities of Bannesdorf, Landkirchen and Westfehmarn).
Together with Burg, Landkirchen and Petersdorf are considered the main towns of Fehmarn.

How to get: The Fehmarnsund Bridge
Image by Marabu from Pixabay

Fehmarn can be reached via the Puttgarden ferry station in regional or international long-distance rail transport on the Vogelfluglinie, direct transport link between Copenhagen and Hamburg.
Since 1963 Fehmarn has been connected to the mainland via the Fehmarnsund Bridge (also known as the “hanger”).
On 31 July 2010, the new Fehmarn-Burg station was opened.
Basically you can reach Fehmarn by taking a regional from Hamburg to Lübeck then change to another regional in the direction of Puttarden, and with this you get off comfortably in Fehmarn-Burg.
Motorists can reach the island on the “Vogelfluglinie” via the European route 47.
The Fehmarn-Neujellingsdorf aerodrome is located in Neujellingsdorf.

What to do in Fehmarn
Image by Ronile from Pixabay

Fehmarn has 78 km of coastline divided into 20 different types of beaches:

  • To the south are the whitest and sandiest beaches on the island
  • East: steep coast
  • North: dunes with inland lakes
  • West: mainly natural beaches
  • flat slabs of rock to the west and north of the island

4 nature reserves:

  • Northern Lakes Plains (accessible)
  • Wallnau (NABU Wallnau Waterfowl Reserve)
  • Grüner Brink (accessible)
  • Krummsteert / Sulsdorfer Wiek (Krummsteert not accessible)
Sport
Kitesur at Fehmarn
Image by Olle August from Pixabay

Fehmarn is known for water sports with 17 areas around the island for kite-surfing.
Sailors can sail in 5 marinas with good nautical infrastructure. Due to its geographic location and wind conditions, sailors like to use Fehmarn as an ideal stopover for a safe and peaceful voyage without complicated turns.
The Danish South Sea in the Schleswig-Holstein Bay, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern or other countries close to the Baltic Sea are easy to reach and explore from Fehmarn by sailboat.
Diving, fishing, hiking, running, walking, biking (300km of marked cycle paths) and horse riding are popular on the island.
Other sporting activities include: climbing, Adventure Golf Fehmarn, Golf Park Fehmarn with an 18-hole golf course and the indoor wave pool “Feh Mare”.

Museums
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner : Exhibitions of the Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Association with Evidence of Kirchner’s artistic work on Fehmarn including reproductions of his best-known paintings in their original size, historical photographs, notebook reproductions and biographical data.
    www.kirchnervereinfehmarn.de
  • Galileo World of Knowledge: In this interactive 3,200 square meter museum you can explore the thematic worlds “Technology and Energy” and “Earth and Life”.
    www.galileo-fehmarn.de
  • Fehmarn Submarine Museum: Visitors can experience life in a confined space during a visit to the U11 submarine and discover the postwar German Submarine Fleet exhibit.
    www.ostsee-u-boot.de
  • Mühlenmuseum Jachen Flünk: The “Jachen Flünk” mill is the oldest windmill in Schleswig-Holstein. It is still fully operational and is open to the public as a mill and agricultural museum.
  • Lifesaving Museum Fehmarn: Exhibition on the history and technology of rescuing people at sea with video and audio documents, ship models, information on the German Society for the Rescue of the Castaway.
    www.seenotrettungsmuseum-fehmarn.de
  • Dark experiment: With an eye mask and blind cane you can experience a walk in the woods or a shopping in the supermarket.
    www.dunkelexperiment.de


Evente and Festival
Thies Rätzke photo

Some of the most important festivals and events are:

  • The Surf-Festival: The Fehmarn Surf Festival starts in May and kicks off the main water sports season. Do not miss, within the event itself, one of the largest outdoor fairs for surf and SUP athletes, where many new products can be tested for free.
    www.surffestival.de
  • The Midsummer Bulli Festival (VW Bus): A little nostalgic, 1960s surf vibe at the Midsummer Bulli Festival (VW Bus), held in June in South Beach. A high density of T1 and T2 vehicles in the beach field plus a varied support program with BULLI-Bar, the Sunset BULLIvard shopping street and live entertainment on stage.
    http://www.midsummerfestival.de/
  • The Rapeseed Blossom Festival: a three-day festival with lots of live music, dances and shows. Visitors can party and stroll among numerous stalls offering a mix of Fehmarn specialties from local crafts.
    The highlight is the coronation of the Rapsblütenkönigin (Queen of the Rapeseed Blossom), which is celebrated on Saturday during a Queen’s Ball with fireworks, followed by a colorful parade on Sunday through the streets of Petersdorf. The new queen will represent Fehmarn for one year nationwide on various occasions.
    For this reason, many girls come to Fehrman to attend the Rapeseed Blossom Festival.
    “Rapsi”, a blend of orange juice, rapeseed honey and liqueurs is a yellow drink that you can enjoy at the festival.

  • The Wine Festival: In a welcoming atmosphere, wine connoisseurs and wine producers from various German growing areas meet to experience a fun weekend around the theme of wine. You can taste various wines directly under the open sky. Culinary delights, expert advice and daily live music guarantee the best in entertainment.
  • The Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival: The Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival concerts have become a solid tradition in Fehmarn and are among the most loved highlights of the year. Renowned artists offer first-class listening pleasure at Hof Johannisberg.
  • Since 2003, every year on the last Wednesday of August, the Kröpel Festival has been held in Petersdorf, where everything revolves around the Kröpel. the confederation of “country women” from the western part of Fehmarn cooks the island specialties directly on site, so that you can smell the scent of 1,500 “Kröpel” in the air. Live music and small stalls of handicrafts such as silver and stone jewelry, woodwork, Danish fashion or canola pillows are presented during the festival. Fun for kids with skill games, wheel of fortune etc, make it attractive for kids as well.
  • Fehmarn Christmas Market, Marketplace Burg: The lovingly decorated stalls present a wide range of culinary delights and attractive Christmas gifts. Around 100 Christmas trees and festive lights flood the market square with sparkling light and create a Christmas atmosphere. A varied program with live entertainment ensures that young and old will not be bored.

    More info on: https://www.fehmarn.de/en/events
Local gastronomy
Fish sandwiches in the port of Orth
Dirk Moeller photo

In Fehmarn you can choose from a great gastronomic selection, from regional to international with a cuisine made rich in regional specialties of freshly caught Baltic fish and numerous (farm) cafes with fantastic cakes.

Grills on the harbor
Barbecue area at the marina in Burgtiefe
Thies Rätzke photo

Pier, wine, sunset…
Modern grills and nice seating await you in the Burgtiefe marina! In one of the most beautiful barbecue areas on the island!
While the sausages is cooking, relax and enjoy the marina while watching the sea and boats. Whether you are a group or a couple, the waterfront will always be a stylish grill!

XXL grill in Wulfen, steep coast: Sun, sound of the sea, charm of the cliffs, beach, Lawn, smell of coal, view of the Fehmarn-sund brücke…
Try it!
From Easter to October it can be especially nice to spend a day here.
The sea view is truly splendid.
The large grill is perfect for groups.
The toilets are directly on site.
The grill is available for a supplement of € 20 including cleaning at Georg Muhl,
Tel. 04371 6758,
email: info@fewo-muhl.de

Where to eat fish

If you are in Fehmarn you must absolutely try the fish sandwiches and, why not, also some unique locations where you can taste fish from the Baltic Sea:

Bread, cakes and much more

Börke is a bakery in Fehmarn that you absolutely must visit if you want to try some delicacies for your breakfast or just to enjoy something sweet.
Rapeseed honey bread, homemade jam, delicious cakes, biscuits are just some of the specialties you can find here.
https://www.inselbaeckerei-boerke.de/

Where sleeping in Fehmarn
Thies Rätzke photo

Accommodation for tourists on the island of Fehmarn is divided as follows:

  • 50% are apartments and holiday homes
  • 34% campings
  • 10% hotels and inns
  • the remaining 4% is allocated to pensions, recreation / training houses, youth hostels / shelters and prevention / rehabilitation clinics
  • There is a 4-star hotel.
  • Fehmarn has around 14,534 beds, of which 1,600 are hotel beds.
  • 17 campsites on the island offer a total of around 6,000 pitches and over 18,000 beds.

With 17 campsites directly on the coast, Fehmarn is a popular destination for campers, meaning the island welcomes many repeat guests each year, but continues to do so to delight new guests.
From large campsites with lots of exciting leisure activities to small family campsites, Fehmarn offers a choice of motorhomes and pitches for every guest. For those who prefer a little more comfort and do not want to do without their own bathroom or a fully equipped kitchen, the mobile home is the perfect solution and can be rented at many campsites.
This year four of the 17 campsites have been awarded 5 stars by the ADAC: Camping- und Ferienpark Wulfener Hals, Inselcamp Fehmarn, Camping Miramar and Camping Strukkamphuk.
According to some strict criteria imposed by the ADAC it was possible to achieve this goal and obtain recognition.

The cycle paths
Thies Rätzke photo

Lots of sunshine, a mild climate and a flat, even complex, Fehmarn is a great destination for cyclists.
About 300 kilometers of signposted cycle paths stretch across the island and the coast. Natural beaches, inland lakes and cliffs alternate along the 78 kilometers of coastline. Inland from the island, the road leads through villages, meadows and fields, which glow a bright yellow during the rapeseed flowering season in spring.
You are all invited to purchase a special tour map with five designated routes at the tourist information office. You can choose for example the church tour, the harbor tour or the Sundbrückentour.
Depending on the direction of the wind and your conditions, you can tackle the tours left or right and start it at any time. The so-called Ostküstenpromenade between Staberdorf and Klausdorf is one of the most scenic cycle paths in Fehmarn: the cycle path runs with an unobstructed view of the Baltic Sea directly above the steep coast.
The marked routes of the “Baltic Sea Cycle Path” and the Mönchsweg are also very popular. For a break we recommend the five tourist marinas, as well as a visit to one of the five “farm cafes”, which are partly connected to a farm shop. Beautiful views are provided by the so-called camp sofas, curved wooden benches, found in many places on the island.
On the steep coast between Katharinenhof and Staberdorf east of Fehmarn, the camp sofa can also be rotated 360 degrees. A popular destination for cyclists is Fehmarn’s highest lighthouse “Flugge”. The 162 steps lead to a 370 ° view at 37 meters. Nearby you will find the “NABU Wasservogelreservat Wallnau”, a reserve for water birds. Migratory species of sea birds can be observed from the observation huts.
A large network of “charging stations” is available for e-bikes.
On the island assistance is provided by two local bike rental shops offering first aid and support for any breakdowns.

Nature reserves and wildlife

Thanks to their rich food offer and their favorable location, the four nature reserves Grüner Brink, Wallnau, Krummsteert and Northern Lakeland are an attraction for migratory birds on Fehmarn.
Tens of thousands of them travel to these places every year on their journey between breeding grounds and their winter “homes”, using the German island – depending on the season and direction of flight – as a bridge to the north. or the south. The best place for bird watching is at the NABU Wallnau waterfowl reserve, one of the most ecologically valuable areas in northern Germany. Unnoticed by the birds you can enjoy spectacular views from specially built observation huts in these areas. It is possible to observe very rare bird species from a ten meter high observation tower.
It is worth visiting between mid-April and mid-May, when migratory birds show up during courtship. Detailed information on bird species and flight routes is provided at the fairground.
Especially for children, the tactile path exhibition is an experience. Barefoot and blindfolded, they can make their way through cones and spruce woods, touch “things” in hidden places and smell plants like lavender and rosemary. Waterfowl reserve employees guide people through the gardens and bistro which offers delicious organic food.

Also accessible to visitors is the 134-hectare Grüner Brink on the north coast of Fehmarn. The 2.5 kilometer long and up to 180 meter wide strip of land between the dam and the Baltic Sea that was formed by the construction of the dam in 1872 and has been under conservation since 1938.
The altered flow conditions have led to this ‘area, where small inland lakes were formed which subsequently dried up. Nowadays, only the salty waters of the Baltic Sea flow into these small inland lakes during heavy floods. In one year there are up to 170 bird species around the “Grüner Brink”. Southwest of “Grüner Brink” you will find the largest nature reserve of Fehmarn, which at 751 hectares is the largest in East Holstein.

Image by Peter Krötz from Pixabay



Northern Lakeland has only been protected since 29 August 2014, making it the youngest of the island’s four protected areas. It mainly comprises coastal stretches and the adjacent flat areas with widely used lakes, reed beds, salt marshes and meadows.
Many endangered animal and plant species such as the crucified toad, bittern, little tern, common tern, coastal sea kale, beach pout and thistle are native to this area.
There are several routes through the nature reserve, for example, east of Markelsdorfer Huk (northwestern Fehmarn) to reach nearby campsites with restaurants and bathing areas outside the nature reserve.
There is another observation platform next to the Markelsdorfer Huk.

The Krummsteert is located on the southwestern tip of the island of Fehmarn. It is part of the Krummsteert – Sulsdorfer Wiek nature reserve, which covers approximately 395 hectares and has existed since 1980. It is divided into four different ecosystems: the Krummsteert, the Sulsdorfer Wiek, an ancient sea bay located behind the dam, the Ramskamp with salt flats and brackish ponds as well as aquatic areas of the Baltic Sea. From the 37-meter-high Flügge lighthouse visitor platform, the view opens up over the entire Nehrungshaken. The path from Orth to the lighthouse passes the Sulsdorfer Wiek, the Ramskamp reed bed and the Flügger ponds.
The factsheets provide information on breeding and migratory birds. Particularly protected is the tiny islet of Kolhof located in Burger Lake (Burgtiefe), which also serves as a breeding ground for numerous birds in the southern part of Fehmarn.


Beaches
Image by Stephan Becker from Pixabay

The beaches of Burgtiefe and Wulfener Hals are the southernmost and with the whitest sand on the island. In this stretch the coast is particularly flat with the best conditions for building sand castles or looking for shells.
The same goes for Grüner Brink in the north of Fehmarn.
In Bojendorf there is a full service available for renting beach chairs, a kiosk and sports and leisure facilities. The unique location of the Burgtiefe marina is a popular starting point for trips on the Baltic Sea. A few steps away is the south beach of fine sand, considered the tourist center of the island of Fehmarn. There is also the FehMare Adventure Wave Pool with a wide range of spa services.

More infos about Fehmarn here: https://www.fehmarn.de/

Travel and Concerts: The former Tempelhof Airport is home to great rock

From 10 to 12 June Berlin and its former Tempelhof airport will host an unmissable summer concert full of exceptional guests:
Muse, Royal Blood, The Strokes and Florence + The Machine, just to name a few.
If you are in or are passing through Berlin these days, you absolutely cannot miss a similar location to attend a concert. Tampelhof Airport is a place to visit for its lived history.
It was designed between 1936 and 1939 by the architect Ernst Sagebiel and, at that time, it was the largest European airport and the main link between West Berlin and the rest of the world.

Although the construction of Tempelhof was not completed due to the start of the Second World War, a first plane with aid and supplies landed here in 1948. In 1951 Tempelhof began to welcome civil air traffic again and, the restoration of the damage caused by the war, meant that this could once again become an important German airport.

Tempelhof Airport was completed in 1962 and saw celebrities, athletes and movie stars pass by.
In the early 1970s, the airport becomes too small for the growing demands of new jet planes and air traffic moves to the new Tegel airport. Here only the flights of the American Air Force continue to land, until 2088 when Tempelhof closes definitively.

With a 2014 referendum, the Berliners reject the project to build in this area and the former airport becomes a venue for trade fairs and major events.


The concert

10-12 June
Tempelhof airport
Berlin
https://tempelhofsounds.berlin/en/


Sanlúcar de Barrameda is Spain’s gastronomic capital of 2022

Sanlúcar, located in the province of Cádiz, near the mouth of the Guadalquivir River, is a privileged city with a rich cultural and monumental heritage as it is located on the trade route to America. It witnessed the third voyage of Christopher Columbus and the port of departure and arrival of the Magellan and Elcano expedition.
In 2022 there will be the commemorative acts of the V Centenary of the First World Tour (1519-1522). Its environmental environment has as its emblem the Doñana National Park, which is accessed by crossing the Guadalquivir river, and the La Algaida e Pinar Natural Park, a sort of natural ring that constitutes one of the green lungs of Andalusia, declared by UNESCO. as a Biosphere Reserve in 1980.

To these attractions is added its rich gastronomy, with exceptional and exclusive products such as Prawns and Manzanilla, a perfect combination that extends beyond the Andalusian borders and is one of the reasons why thousands of tourists come to this place. At the end of last year it was announced that Sanlúcar would become the new World Capital of Gastronomy for 2022.
The appointment was made official on the occasion of Fitur, the International Tourism Fair held in Madrid from 19 to 23 January. The Spanish Capital of Gastronomy (CEG) distinction was created by the Spanish Federation of Tourism Journalists and Writers (FEPET) and the Spanish Hospitality Federation (FEHR).

The purpose of this initiative is to contribute to the dissemination of the gastronomic offer of the city that each year holds the title, to propose actions that help increase tourism figures (Sanlúcar receives more than 80,000 tourists a year) and to enhance the programs of gastronomic excellence. The gastronomy thus becomes a perfect complement to the complete offer for leisure and party, highlighting the Manzanilla Fair, the boarding of the brotherhoods of El Rocío or the famous horse races on the beaches of the municipality, declared of International Tourist Interest in 1997. The historical significance of Sanlúcar, a crossroads of cultures and an ancient port of American commerce, is perceived at every step that takes place in its urban fabric.
The palaces, noble residences, defensive buildings and historic gardens mix with ancient cellars, from which the soft aroma of Manzanilla is released. The Doñana National Park, in addition to promoting natural tourism practically all year round, is also one of the keys to the richness of Sanlúcar’s gastronomy. Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs contributed the ingredients to the indigenous cuisine. The Christian reconquest encouraged the production of wine, which after centuries of skilful work, was consumed in the admirable diversity of current wines, among which the singular Manzanilla stands out.
The gastronomic evolution does not stop there, as after becoming one of the main American commercial ports and hosting numerous expeditions abroad, Sanlúcar once again sees its kitchens enriched with all the variety of spices, fruits and vegetables that have arrived. on the Andalusian coasts, before many other places in the Old World. Peppers, tomatoes and potatoes have given their latest impetus to both local gastronomy and agricultural production.

Corsa di cavalli a Sanlucar
Sanlúcar on horseback

Horse races on the beaches of Sanlúcar de Barrameda at the mouth of the Guadalquivir river, the ancient Betis, are the oldest in the country and have been held since 1845. They are the only races in which thoroughbreds have the opportunity to compete in a unique setting: a natural hippodrome over 6 kilometers long with the Doñana National Park and the sunsets in the background.

The flavors of Sanlúcar

The vast gastronomic offer of Sanlúcar is based on three important pillars: the products of its garden, those of its cellars and the fish of the Andalusian sea. Sanlúcar’s fish and shellfish, including shrimp, have a reputation that has transcended city borders. In Sanlúcar, the products themselves are as famous as the dishes prepared with them that form their culinary basis, rich stews with an authentic maritime flavor such as sour orange skate, monkfish with fried bread, galley soup, etc. . These dishes are generally washed down with the local wine, Manzanilla, as well as other types of table wine, which have a lower alcohol content and lighter color but have a unique flavor.

Sanlúcar de Barrameda is historically integrated into the Designations of Origin Jerez, Vinagre, Brandy de Jerez and Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda. The cellars of Sanlúcar enjoy the constructive singularity of those found throughout the Marco de Jerez. These are high and well ventilated cellars, supported by slender pillars which give them their characteristic appearance. The city has recently equipped itself with a new enotourist resource: the Manzanilla Interpretation Center (CIMA) which includes about twenty wineries in the city and which, located next to the food market, offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the elaboration process. and aging of this unique wine.

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IThe shrimp. The king of the sea and of Sanlúcar gastronomy

The Sanlúcar Shrimp is one of the kings of Cadiz cuisine, one of the products of the local gastronomy that has crossed borders to conquer not only the palates of the thousands of tourists who visit the municipality every year, but also the kitchens of nationally renowned chefs and international prestige, which have included it in their menu as a flagship product.
Its scientific name is Penaeus kerathurus and it is a medium-sized, edible, highly prized crustacean of high commercial value. What does the Sanlúcar shrimp have that makes it so valuable? The answer is easy: its flavor, a property conferred by its habitat: the Guadalquivir River estuary. It is a crustacean that is mainly eaten fresh. Its meat is very valuable. Cooked, fried, or as part of any traditional fish stew, it’s always a good option.
At Casa Bigote, reference point of Sanlúcar gastronomy, winner of the Bib Gourmand award from the Michelin Guide and a Sole from the Repsol Guide, they bet on cooked or fried preparation.

Manzanilla a unique and very special wine

Manzanilla is another of Sanlúcar de Barrameda’s “named” products. The vineyards, divided into “pagos”, grow centuries-old on albariza land (a land north of Jerez ideal for growing grapes). Sanlúcar currently has more than twenty wineries, which feed either on their own vineyards or on the must of palomino grapes (white grape from which Jerez and Manzanilla wines are produced).

The Sanlúcar marinera, seafood products and stews

Sanlúcar cuisine is a cuisine linked to tradition. A cuisine of maritime origin that finds a prominent role in homes. The special way of preparing fish in the municipality deserves a separate chapter. Frying the fish, with the right tip, reaches an almost sublime point and allows you to appreciate the textures of the different species, from acedías, tapaculos, pijotas, puntillitas, cuttlefish or mullet
Now these stews arrive from Sanlúcar all over the world thanks to the Senra family, who have innovated and introduced traditional seafood recipes in canning jars that only need to be heated to be consumed, bringing a little of the flavor of il more marine Sanlúcar.



The food market, the epicenter of Sanluqueña gastronomy

It is located in the heart of the commercial area of the Historical Complex of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. It is a municipal building occupying an area of almost 1,400 square meters, built in the 18th century and renovated three times, in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The business returned to this square in June 2018 and has remained the hub of the city’s commercial and food and wine activity ever since. It has twenty-four fish stalls, twelve butchers, ten greengrocers, three frozen foods, one spices, one olives, sweets …
What stands out most is the seafood, not only for the quantity, but also for the raw material it offers. The excellent raw material that the Sanluqueños placeros display daily in their facilities has transformed the country’s Mercado de Abastos into a reference place for Sanluqueños and visitors who take advantage of the passage through the city to stock up on the best delicacies of the territory and the sea.

The sweet Sanlúcar

There is no self-respecting food that does not end with a dessert and Sanlúcar, among its many gastronomic charms, offers us in this field a variety characterized by the artisanal character and the quality of its raw materials. The walls of the convents of the many religious orders that were established under the patronage of the Ducal House of Medina Sidonia, preserve a large part of these sweet recipes.
The desserts made in an artisanal way by the nuns of the monasteries of Madre de Dios – offered to customers through their lathes – or of the convent of Regina Coeli have allowed to perpetuate over time unique flavors such as egg yolks, tocino de cielo, donuts with almonds, shortbread, pestiños, white donuts, cocadas-, which have been making for more than 40 years and which dazzle those who try them.
Alpisteras are one of the most typical sweets of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, traditional of Holy Week and which derive their sweetness from a touch of syrup. The dessert continues with an artisanal ice cream, enjoying the city of two legendary companies such as La Ibense Bornay – which exported its ice cream to Dubai – or Helados Toni, where the third generation indulges the wishes of the little ones behind the counter.

Tocino de cielo
Tocino de cielo
Plaza del Cabildo: a stroll through the tapas cathedral

Epicenter of the city, the Plaza del Cabildo is the gastronomic emblem par excellence of Sanlúcar together with the Bajo de Guía. The typical shrimp tortillas of Casa Balbino are memorable. And of the delicacy with a taste of the sea, in another of the corners of this cathedral, you can taste the authentic potatoes of Sanlúcar, aliñás, with a little onion and parsley, a good oil, sherry vinegar, loins of melva and game is done: the flagship product of Barbiana. Another of the classics of gastronomy is the Bar La Gitana. The well-known manzanilla gives its name to a winery that has gradually become another of the references of this square, offering excellent fried ortiguille.

6 abandoned airports and railway stations that will take your breath away

Not all donuts succeed with a hole. Around the world there are many buildings born as airports or stations that were supposed to serve millions of tourists but, in a short time, they ended up deteriorating or in disuse. There are thousands to be honest but, in this article we went looking for some of the ones that intrigued us for history, charm and more.
Here they are with photos below:

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  1. Nicosia International Airport was once the main airport on the island of Cyprus. Much of the airport is now disused and is now used in part as a headquarters for the United Nations peacekeeping forces;
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2. Detroit’s Michigan Central Station was originally a warehouse closed for a fire in late 1913 and opened as a station in early 1914 … Formed by a 13-story office tower, it was one of the tallest buildings at the time in the world. The station remained open until 1988 and now only minor renovations have been done, until 2018, when the Ford Motor Company purchased the building for various uses.

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3. The Gudauta train station in Abkhazia is an example of how far it left the war and the subsequent abandonment of many historic buildings. If you want to read and see more photos about this region, you can read our dedicated article.

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4. The Athens-Ellinikon airport was the Athens international airport until 2011 then, with the arrival of the new airport it was completely abandoned. It is located 7 km from the Greek capital and since 2011 a museum dedicated to Olympic Airways, the Greek national airline, has been opened.

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5. The Canfranc station was closed in 1970 following an accident with no injuries … It is the border station between France and Spain and, having different gauge railways, it also served as an exchange and transport of goods and people between the two countries.
It is currently only affected by local traffic.

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6. Ciudad Real International Airport or Ciudad Real International Airport opened in 2009 but in 2012 the company that ran it went bankrupt and Vueling also withdrew the last flight. In 2019 it was reopened without any success.

How to discover Ireland and its flavors in an ecological way through bars, restaurants and markets

A small guide for strategic and sustainable stops of taste, all accessible by train, bus or bike!
Ireland is a real treasure trove of taste treasures for those who love to embark on a journey of sustainability and with the desire to be green even when recharging after an excursion!

Belfast

The train is perfect for reaching Belfast and exploring some of the best food sustainability addresses. The Morne Seafood Bar is an offshoot of the place at the foot of the Morne Mountains: here, locally sourced seafood chowder, tasty casseroles and scallops give the sensation of tasting the sea.
Furthermore, reaching the parent company and, perhaps, exploring the mountains of the same name is really simple in an hour by bus from the city center.
Before heading out for a stroll in the hills around Belfast, taking advantage of some really beautiful trails , it’s worth filling your backpack with exquisite locally sourced picnic treats, taking a Saturday ride to the extraordinary St George’s Market . It is also worthwhile as it is housed in a fine, traditional Victorian market in the heart of downtown. Open from 9 to 15, in addition to allowing you to shop for taste, it is perfect for a coffee and to enjoy the music of local artists.
Another place to stock up on a super picnic is Sawer’s Deli , a real city institution where you can find Irish fish, meat and cheeses, as well as warm stuffed puff pastry delights. of delicacies such as, for example, O’Doherty’s black bacon, O’Reilly’s goat cheese or Armagh’s smoked turkey, to name a few. For a special moment focused on seasonality and a little Northern Class, the ideal is an evening at Ox , a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Wicklow

Those arriving in Dublin can head straight to Greystones, using the local DART train, and take a hike between Bray and Greystones on the Cliff Walk, where The Happy Pear , as well as rewarding with taste he will also be able to give an injection of good humor: an address famous for its organic vegetable-based proposals and a gastronomic icon of the county!
Also thanks to its founders – the famous and handsome twins Dave and Steve – who have become award-winning publishers and pioneers of the outdoors.
An example? For some years now they have been organizing open water swimming events, an activity that has made them very popular in their community. A couple of kilometers inland is the village of Delgany, where you can pack some pastries from the Firehouse Bakery, run by chef, baker and author Patrick Ryan.
Specializing in traditional, preservative-free artisan bread making, as well as carrying on the community bakery ethic, pair her irresistible carbohydrates with a stroll in nearby Glen of the Downs Nature Reserve.

Lead wholesome Irish food
Cork

In the 1980s, County Cork pioneered a real revolution in Irish food, with restaurants loved by aficionados from around the world swooping into Kinsale every year, or the inimitable Ballymaloe cooking school, renowned around the globe. And it is no coincidence that the latter was the pioneer of the slow food movement in Ireland.
The list of great restaurants of this glorious part of the island is truly remarkable. However, for green travelers arriving into the city by train, one of the best ways to get some flavor wonders close is to follow the Cork Culinary Tour. Allowing you to discover places such as the historic English Market, West Cork oysters and a gastro pub for lunch, in the company of knowledgeable local guides, makes for an enthralling journey-menu of sustainable tasting.
In the same way, you can also get excited by taking part in the Kinsale Food Tour and, even if the city is not accessible by train, by bus the journey on the number 226, which runs every hour, (buseireann.ie) only lasts 44 minutes.
To experience West Cork cuisine, in a small and delightful place, the bus is again a perfect way! Destination: Clonakilty, just an hour from Cork, where you can be sure of going out with a very pleasant feeling of satisfying satiety. The Lettercollum Kitchen Project is a veritable mine for picnics, with many ingredients sourced right from a field on the doorstep.
Scally’s SuperValu supermarket is also full of produce and An Súgán Seafood Bar & Restaurant has been run by the same family for over thirty years.

Galway Oyster and seafood festival
Galway Oyster and seafood festival
Galway

You can’t actually get to Galway by direct train from Cork, as you would have to go back to Dublin. However, you can take a bus for a 4-hour trip between the two cities, which is perfect time to get an appetite. It is certainly worth it as Galway boasts the world’s first oyster festival, which dates back as far as 1954. A great stop is the weekend market , a centuries-old presence in the city, which has hundreds of stalls dedicated to local food, with a great choice of opportunities for street food.
An excellent combination of craic (an untranslatable term that evokes the pleasure of being together) and cuisine is the one proposed by the Galway Food Tour , which also allows add a cycling lace to this interesting mix. An address not to be missed is Aniar , a Michelin-starred restaurant at the forefront of seasonal and local cuisine, wild and also enhanced by foraging.
Ard Bia is another sustainable gem that changes its menu every day to always be focused on local produce. Also highlight is the Brasserie on the Corner , which offers Irish delicacies such as Aran Island Crab Cake, Connemara mussels and also excellent top-notch beef. Two other must-see spots are McDonagh’s Seafood House and McCambridge’s Deli and Cafe .
Irish gastrocritics and guides McKennas call Goya’s the best bakery in Galway and Sheridan’s Cheesemonger and Winebar the best cheese shop.
Also to consult is the guide McKennas’ Wild Atlantic Way: Where To Eat & Stay, for many other gastronomic delights in Galway, a city that has always had a strong pride as a special place and which now also deserves to be the source of extraordinary gastronomic excellence.

Sheridian’s Cheeesmonger
Westport

If you arrive at Westport train station and are in immediate need of some goodness, you should head straight to Marlene’s Chocolate Haven to indulge yourself with homemade Irish chocolates and coffee, in one of the sweetest places in the city. Another place that is perfect for a sustainable snack is This Must Be The Place.
Right preparation for an excellent slow food dinner is a leisurely stroll along the seafront before reaching Pantry & Corkscrew: as a member of the Euro-toques (European Community of Chefs & Cooks) movement, has a deep understanding of slow food and suppliers include Westernshore Organic Farm, Mescan Brewery and Cornrue Bakery’s excellent leavened products (https://www.instagram.com/cornrue_bakery).

Slow travelers will also enjoy the Great Western Greenway which starts in Westport and ends in Achill Sound. The local community has cleverly created a Gourmet Greenway , with a map of local producers to make some greedy purchases or just to refuel after a day on the bike along its idyllic route. Gastronomic gems include The Blue Bicycle Tea Rooms and Kelly’s Kitchen in Newport, as well as the magnificent Mulranny Park Hotel.
Perfect idea: plan a tour, including a night at this iconic hotel, scenically overlooking Clew Bay. His food ethic is exemplary, his location extraordinary and his knowledge of all the eco-adventure guides in the region very useful.


6 Austrian castles where to spend ( at least) a dream night

Fortresses, noble residences and medieval fortresses are legacies of Austria’s long history. Today many of them have become hotels, where you can spend days of vacation and relaxation, amidst works of art and legends of the past. In nature, on the lake or in the city, all ensure unforgettable experiences.

Let’s see where some are:

  1. Indulge in breakfast under the Rococo stuccoes of the ballroom or a newspaper reading in the original inlaid wood library. Outside the windows, the view of the lake and the mountains excites in every season:
    Leopoldskron Castle ( cover image) seems isolated but is only half an hour’s walk from the center of Salzburg.
    You get lost in its boundless park, where the notes of the film All together passionately resound, of which some outdoor scenes were shot here. Wanted by a prince archbishop in 1736, the palace was purchased at the beginning of the twentieth century by Max Reinhardt, theatrical impresario and founder of the Salzburg Festival: at that time the castle was used for traveling shows, with the public moving from room to room Really magical.
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  2. On Sundays you may be awakened by the bells echoing in the valley. A sound that few now remember, but which can be heard if you sleep inside a former monastery with the chapel still in use for masses.
    The Schloss Berg Klösterle stands on a sunny plateau at an altitude of 1,000 meters above the village of Zedlitzdorf in Carinthia. Off the beaten track, it is the ideal choice to isolate yourself in nature. The structure, completed in 1756, housed Carmelite and Capuchin monks, before becoming a school.
    Today it has been divided into apartments with bathroom and kitchen, which can be rented in small groups. The tavern with its barrel vaults, the isolated location, the rustic but comfortable furnishings: everything contributes to keeping the original spirituality of the place intact.
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3. A small peninsula jutting out over Lake Fuschlsee. All around the silence of snow-capped or lush mountains, depending on the season. At the center is a Renaissance castle that may seem familiar to some: it was in fact a set for the famous Sissi trilogy of the 1950s (it was used as a location for the childhood home of the future empress).
But that’s not the only thing that makes Schloss Fuschl an internationally popular destination. The 5-star hotel has a stormy history and still preserves a valuable collection of works of art collected over the centuries. The most sophisticated travelers appreciate the impeccable service, the Austro-French cuisine, the indoor swimming pool, the refined beach club on the shores of the lake. And the charm of a fairytale castle just twenty minutes from Salzburg.
More infos here

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4. You don’t need a lot of imagination to step into the shoes of an emperor or an empress when you choose to sleep in the Grand Suite inside Schönbrunn Palace: just look out the window and admire the Gloriette above the Neptune fountain to immediately feel like the Kaiser Franz Joseph or his wife Sissi (to name the two most famous tenants of the building).
This 167 sqm deluxe room accommodates up to four people and offers the unique experience of sleeping in a four-poster bed in one of the most famous residences in the world, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The rooms of the imperial palace of the Habsburgs tell the story of a glorious past, of family joys and sorrows, of a legendary dynasty that still fascinates visitors from all over the world.
More infos here

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5. The boat glides gently on the most famous river in Austria, the notes of the Strauss waltz immediately come to mind, the hills of the Wachau valley, UNESCO heritage, are covered with orchards and vineyards.
One hour from Vienna, this is the view at Schloss Dürnstein, a 5-star hotel in Lower Austria, a member of the Relais & Chateaux group.
Built in the 1600s, the castle belonged to various aristocratic dynasties until it was bought by the Thiery family, who today manage it with care and passion. Pride of the hotel are the cellar stocked with local wines, the spa with indoor and outdoor pools and the terraces where you can enjoy a gourmet dinner. The region, rich in medieval fortresses and monasteries, is a pleasant stop for those who want to be lulled by the waters of the majestic Danube.
More infos here.

Schloss Dürnstein
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6. A few dozen wooden houses, a church tower and not even 800 inhabitants squeezed between an emerald lake and the mountains: when you think of Austria, you probably imagine the village of Hallstatt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the surrounding region.
Lying on the sparkling waters is Casa Kainz, one of three historic structures part of the Heritage Hotel Hallstatt.
The other two, Casa Stocker and Casa Seethaler, are just a few minutes’ walk away and enjoy the same enchanting view. After a stroll through picturesque alleys or a visit to the salt mines, a coffee on the lakefront is always a good idea to review the images of the day. Hallstatt doesn’t need to be a great photographer to post the perfect photo on social media: every corner is truly magical.
More infos here

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Earth Day: “Our Place in Space” arrives in Northern Ireland on April 22nd!

Our Place in Space debuts in Derry-Londonderry on 22 April, on the occasion of Earth Day: an amazing journey through our solar system, recreates it through a 10 km sculpture path that explores what it means to be inhabitants of our planet.
Hosted by the Bay Road Park on the banks of the River Foyle, it will be in Derry-Londonderry until 22 May and subsequently from 10 June to 10 July it will be transferred to Belfast (between Divis and Black Mountain), while from 30 July to 28 August it will be set up in Cambridge, to return to Northern Ireland from 17 September to 16 October, between the Ulster Transport Museum and the North Down Coastal Path.

This incredible installation is the fruit of the work of a very special team, led by acclaimed Northern Irish artist, illustrator and writer Oliver Jeffers, who grew up in Belfast and currently resides in New York.
Its particular sculptures, 4 meters high, undoubtedly contribute to making it unique, including scale models of the sun and each of the planets of the solar system: a fun attraction and at the same time an immersive learning experience, it can be explored in person, but even anywhere in the world through an interactive augmented reality (AR) app.
And for the entire period of its presence in the different locations that will host it, it will be accompanied by a wide program of live and virtual activities and events.

A fun program with the attempt to beat a record to reflect on how to better live on Earth

On Saturday 23 April, the day after the official debut, the Nerve Center – producer of Our Place in Space – will give life to a curious happening, attempting to beat the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as astronauts.
The current record counts 257 astronauts and the spacesuits worn must meet stringent criteria as set forth by the Guinness World Records. And to make sure everyone is ready for the mission,
Our Place in Space will host a series of workshops prior to the attempt, providing all the materials needed to best craft your costume. Open to space explorers of all ages, the event offers the opportunity to be involved in a fun, truly unique cosmic mission and to feel part of a record-breaking undertaking.

The “ground control” during the day will be led by Mark Langtry, television presenter and referent of Explorium, the Irish national science center. To make the party atmosphere even more joyful there will also be circus performers, special guests and surprise prizes will be drawn for some of the best costumes.
The Our Place in Space app will be available on Apple and Android devices and will allow users to take a walk through the solar system, exploring planets and even 10,000 years of human history on Earth through augmented reality.
Through the app it will also be possible to collect space souvenirs, including characters from the world of Oliver Jeffers, but also to launch a personalized star into space.
The main purpose of the project is to invite people to understand what it means to live on Earth in 2022 and to reflect on how human beings could better protect our planet in the future.


From creating a star to writing a symphony for the universe, inventing a new form of transport to connecting with space observers in Vietnam, Our Place in Space will ensure that the gaze on the solar system is no longer the same. same. The route is one of 10 major creative projects part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, a celebration of creativity taking place across the UK in 2022.
To develop the idea of Our Place in Space, Oliver Jeffers worked with a team that includes the Nerve Center, a major creative arts center based in Derry ~ Londonderry, as well as award-winning composer, producer and sound artist Die Hexen , astrophysicist Stephen Smartt of Queen’s University Belfast and many others.

More infos here: https://ourplaceinspace.earth/