- Our travelogues Paris 2017 and Amsterdam 2017 are now online.
Here you will find a selection of beautiful photos from our holidays in America in August/September 1999.
It was really a special adventure. Our trip with a hired Motorhome started from San Francisco across the Highway No.1 to Los Angeles, then to Las Vegas, National parks of the Grand Canyon, Brice Canyon, Zion National, Sequoia and Yosemite and finally back to San Francisco.
The trip took altogether 19 days - in this time we covered a distance of more then 4.500 km.
Here you will find pictures from our bicycle trip from Passau to Vienna in the summer holidays 2001 - always along the Danube river.
First we went to Passau by car. After a overnight stay we started with our bikes and with luggage to direction Vienna.
Altogether we covered a distance of 360 km in only 6 days - and without any problems. Here we passed some famous landmarks and viewpoints as they are the Donauschlinge nearby Schloegen, the Concentration Camp Mauthausen and Abbey Melk.
Here you will find the pictures from our winter holidays in Obertauern/Austria at Eastern 2002 + 2003.
As enthusiastic skier our family goes skiing on a regular basis. As in Bavaria Easter holidays are traditional late we found Obertauern in Austria as the perfect place. Here snow can be found until May.
In the rubric "Links" you will find a direct way to the official website of our hotel MARIETTA.
Holiday in Germany's 17th. state cannot be missed at all. In 2005 we decided to visit and exsplore this island.
A collection of our best pictures you will find here.
Result of our holidays in Mallorca - we found a handsome island with many beautiful, but also unknown places. A visit is always worthwile.
The Asia fever has caught us. As our daughter no longer wanted to go with their parents on holiday, we booked a trip to Asia for the first time.
We started with using a scheduled flight of Thai Airways to direction Bangkok. There we spent 3 days in the luxury 5*-Hotel Marriot Riverside, visited the most important places of interest as for example the Temple of Wat Arun and Wat Pra Kaeo. A drive with the Tuk-Tuk, a typical public transportation in Thailand could not be missed at all.
From Bangkok we went by plane for 10 days to a beach holiday on Koh Samui, the biggest island in the Golf of Siam.
In a beautiful and quiet Hotel resort with single bungalows, far away from mass tourism we could really relax. One of many highlights of this journey certainly were the culinary trips to the street kitchen of the capital city and the island.
After the spectacular long-distance journey last year we used the opportunity to rent the summer cottage of beloved friends located at the Lake Garda.
As it was the third time we have been there, every single time we enjoy the magnificent view from the cottage down to the lake. And there are many other points of interest to be visited, as for example Trento or Verona.
Let yourself be captivated by the special atmosphere and have a look to the pictures.
There it was again - the itchy feet. This time it should be something special. We really wanted to see Angkor Wat, the largest and most famous temple complex in Cambodia.
But first we were back for 3 days in Bangkok, of course again at the Mariott Riverside hotel. In Bangkok this time we have visited the Grand Palace, Chinatown and made a boat trip with a longtail boat through the Klongs of Bangkok.
Then we went to Siem Reap, where Sotheara and his
friend Boon (our Tour-Guides) showed us the beautiful points of interest of this really big arreal, the different temple areas and the Tonle Sap, the biggest lake in Asia. A highlight was certainly the helicopter ride over the temple area and the lake. Overall, we stayed 3 days in Cambodia.
From Siem Reap we further went via Bangkok to Trat, a small airport on the mainland in the far east of Thailand. With a minibus we went by ferry to the island of Koh Chang, also known as the Elephant Island.
We stayed there for 10 days in the wonderful 5* Hotel Panviman Resort at the Klong Prao Beach. With rented scooters we explored the island.
Overall, we have approx. 1.000 pictures made on this trip.
Also this year we decided again to spend our holiday in Asia.
It was the first time we bocked our flight with Singapore Airlines. It is not for nothing this airline belongs to the top ten with outstanding service and entertainment. We felt comfortable onboard the airplanes.
First of all we spent 4 days in Singapore in the 4 1/2* Swisshotel Merchant Court located direct at the Singapore River and nearby points of interest as the Clarke and Boat Quay, a collection of restaurants and bars, which are well-attended especially in the evening. Ethnic districts as Chinatown and Little India can be visited in any case. Additional an endless number of very big shopping centers, where someone can get really lost. A special highlight was the visit to our corporate office and the dinner at the east coast with our two colleagues.
From Singapore we flew to Bali. In the 4 1/2* Hotel Bali Hyatt Sanur we stayed for another 12 days to swim and relax. A day trip to the north into the high volcanic area on Lake Batur, the rice terraces and the Mother Temple Besakih has brought us closer the beautiful landscapes of the island.
What a shame, the time has gone too fast again.
Once again a very special holiday. After a year's break, we moved back into the distance.
Also this time our destination was Asia. We booked again with the same top level travel agency (Suntrips), we have taken the other trips to Asia.
First of all we used a scheduled flight with Malaysia Airlines to go to Kuala Lumpur. There we spent 3
nights in the 5* Crowne Plaza Mutiara Hotel directly in walking distance to the famous Petronas Towers. In "KL", as residents affectionate call their city, the different cultures and religions are represented (Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus). The public transport network is very well prepared. It is easy to go quickly and with low budget to all places.
We have visited the most important points of interest of the town, among others the Petronas Towers, the Batu Caves at the periphery, the Menara Tower Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Shopping is probably one of the favorite activities of the residents. There are some big shopping centers, among other the Suria KLCC Shopping Mall located directly under the Twin Towers. In any case, a visit is worthwile.
From Kuala Lumpur another flight took us directly to Phuket/Thailand and by shuttle service next to our Hotel, the Le Meridien in Khao Lak. A really 5* dream Hotel. We felt very comfortable there.
But the special one of this holidays certainly was our scuba diving course with "Sea Bees" in Khao Lak, a local dive center with own office in our hotel. Theoretical lessions and first practice in the pool of the dive center, then using the dive boat "Stingray" for 2 days to go to the Similan Islands, a group of islands with a total number of 9 islands located approx. 60 km off the coast. In 2 dives at a time (in the morning and in the afternoon) we could get to know the beautiful underwater world of the Andamans Sea. With our "Open Water Diver" licence now we can pursue this fascinating sport worldwide. Our dive master Dirk made some underwater pictures. A selection you will find under the rubric HOBBIES.
Of course our new diving licence must be used by now. Following a good tip from a colleague we booked our first diving holiday in Egypt.
Our destination - The 4*Hotel "The Breakers" Diving and Surfing Lodge in Soma Bay. The hotel has its own house reef, which is easily accessible via a 400 m long jetty and is one of the best diving spots on the Red Sea.
A really nice location.
Center". With assistance of a local guide we made some awesome dives on the reef, thereby we could improve our skills.
The hotel itself is perfect organized and managed. Each evening has a different theme.
Let yourself be inspired by the images. The corresponding dive pictures you will find under the rubric HOBBIES.
Once to visit HongKong and then going diving. But where to go? Bali would be a good combination, as we heard and read about beautiful dive places in the northwest of the island. So was booked accordingly. And again with our travel agency SUNTRIPS.
First of all we used a scheduled flight to go to HongKong. There we stayed for 4 nights in the 5* Hotel Harbour Grand Kowloon direct located at the waterfront of the Victoria Harbour. Places of interest
as the Peak, Big Buddha on Lantau Island, HongKong Island with their Mid-Level Escalators, the Chi Lin Nunnery, der Nan Lian Garden and the Wong Tai Sin Tempel belonged to the sightseeing program. A highlight certainly were both evenings for dinner with our beloved colleagues of our company branch. Finally we took a Cocktail in the Ozone Bar at the 118. floor of the Ritz Carlton Hotel located in the ICC Tower and enjoyed the terrific view to the evening skyline.
Next we went by plane from HongKong to Bali. Chaotic situation at the airport in Denpasar and a 4-hours drive by car to our hotel in Pemuteran followed. There we stayed for another 11 days in the beautiful facility of the Adi Assri Beach Cottages Resort only for relaxing and diving. With the direct located dive center Sea Rovers we made some amazing dives at the island Menjangan and in front of Pemuteran. With farewell we decided to come here again.
Beside the photos of this journey you will find some beautiful underwater pictures of our dives on Bali under the rubric HOBBIES.
We resolved to come back again to Bali. The diving location in the north of the island at Pemuteran and Menjangan is really amazing.
Therefore we booked accordingly. As Stopover we selected again Singapore. After our last visit in 2009 there are many changes and news to see. We wanted to see the Marina Bay with the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and their Shopping Mall downstairs and the new Gardens by the Bay.
We started with direct flight from Frankfurt to our first location by using the new A380 from Singapore Airlines. The flight on its own was a first highlight, most comfortable and with excellent service on board leaving nothing to be desired.
Overall we stayed in Singapore for 4 days, again in the 4* Swisshotel Merchant Court direct located at the Clarke Quay. In Singapore it is very easy
and cheap to use the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) metro to go to different stations. Such we have visited Chinatown
and Little India and saw some places of interest as for example the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and
the Sri Mariamman Temple. And of course, the Marina Bay area could not be missed. Only the view to the impressive building of the Marina
Bay Sand Hotel with his 3 big elements and the observation deck on top is worth to visit and the splendid view to the skyline of Singapore from the 62.floor is unique and must be
seen, especially after nightfall. In the Marina park itself there is located the Merlion as well, the town's landmark.
But our visit in the Gardens by the Bay has almost everything topped. The entrance was free. Only the
access to both conservatory, the "Flower Dome" and the "Cloud Forest", must be paid. The biodiversity in this spacious area is beyond words. This must be seen once live.
The dinner with our colleagues from the company branch in a seafood restaurant at Dempsey Hill with culinary delights like Chili Crab, Pepper Crab, Baby Squids and others is still to be mentioned. Finally we visited the Lau Pa Sat Festival Market, a Food Center direct located in the Finance District, to eat the best satay sticks of Singapore, so it is said in any case. Unbelievable to imagine that a complete road will be closed in the evening at 7:00 pm and within 5 minutes plastic chairs and tables are build up.
With Singapore Airlines we even further went to Bali, where we stayed for another 10 days again in a beautiful beachfront bungalow of the Adi Assri Cottages and Resort and enjoyed the amazing underwater world with our dives accompanied by Abdul from Sea Rovers dive center.
Beside the photos of this journey you will find some new beautiful underwater pictures of our dives on Bali under the rubric HOBBIES.
Unfortunately our next diving vacation could not take place. As a replacement we booked a very special trip onto the "black" continent. Our target - to see South Africa with all its facets. With assistance of the travel agency Impala Tours located in Eschborn nearby of Frankfurt and the owner Miss Schirmer we could experience an unbelievable 16 days Journey through the country. The impressions gained we will not forget so fast. A repetition is not excluded.
By using a direct flight with South African Airways we went from Frankfurt to Johannesburg. There we got
our first rental car, a brand new Ford Fiesta with not even more then 17km on the speedometer and of course steering wheel on the right side. Driving on african streets was without any problems and completely stress-free.
First we drove to the north to direction Kruger National Park. First stop and overnight stay was the Old Joe's Kaia located in Schoemanskloof. A really nice guesthouse. Our second station, the Kwa Mbili Game Lodge is located in the Thornybush Reserve, a part of Kruger National Park. There we stayed for 2 nights with game drives into the bush in the early morning and late afternoon. To see the animals in the wild area - really a special adventure. It is very impressive, when a male lion is laying in the grass nearby the Jeep, relaxing and not feeling bothered. Or a full-grown leopard who crossed our way. What a pity, that we couldn't stay a little bit longer. Unfortunately we haven't seen elephants. At this time this animals were moving around more then 3 hours far away. Maybe we can see them next time.
On our way back to Johannesburg we made a 2 days stopover in the Gecko Lodge in Hazyview to visit additional places of interest on the Panorama Route like the Blyderiver Canyon with the Three Rondavels or the Bourke's Luck Potholes. In Johannesburg we stayed overnight direct at the airport to take the early flight to Port Elizabeth next morning.
Arrived in Port Elizabeth we got our second rental car, a Chevrolet Aveo, and drove the well known Garden Route into the south to direction Knysna, our next station. Once again a very nice guesthouse - the Waterfront Lodge with amazing view to the lagoon from our room, booked for 2 nights. Still a good dinner in the neighbour hotel, then a round of sleep. Next day trip to the Knysna Elephant Park, at least once to see elephants - even if not in the wild. Thereafter next to the Marina for shopping. In the evening we had a nice dinner in JJ's Restaurant located direct at the Marina. Fish soup and 3 types of steaks (Kudu, Springbok and Ostrich) was served accompanied with musical entertainment by the employees.
Next morning continuing the journey to our next station - Oudtshoorn. Once again a very nice location, the 88 Baron van Reede Guesthouse with very friendly owners. Here we stayed again for 2 nights. Trips to the nearby located Cango Wildlife Ranch (there we were allowed to pet a fully grown leopard), to an Ostrich farm and to the Cango Caves associated with a small roundtrip over the Swartberg Pass have been made. What a impressive landscape.
After breakfast we continued to direction Cape Town. On the way we stopped at a really crazy restaurant, the Diesel & Creme in Barrydale, where we tested probably the best milk shakes in South Africa. And they were really good.
Arrived in Cape Town we got our last but one quartier, the Villa Lutzi. Room with direct view to the table mountain - WOW - Amazing! Next day first of all we drove to Paarl to visit the wine cooperative KWV, a small wine testing included. Therafter back to Cape Town to the Waterfront and the Victoria Wharf. Highlight of the day certainly was the 20 minutes Helicopter flight over Cape Town and the surroundings of the table mountain. Later on we could enjoy the atmosphere and beautiful scene with the table mountain in the background with a cup of coffee.
Last act, once again moving to another guesthouse, the Floreal only two streets away. This house is really nice located at the bottom of the table mountain. Our room had a amazing and unique view to the city. The valley station at the table mountain was crowded with cars and tourists, so that we gave up and drove directly to the Cape of good Hope by using the Chapman's Peek drive. There it was, however, very stormy despite beautiful weather but thus more impressive. On the way back we stopped at Boulders Beach in Simon's Town to see the African penguin living there.
Next morning, on the way in Cape Town for sightseeing and shopping. We have visited the Castle of good Hope and the Green Market Square. But it is too hot (more then 30 degrees). Better going back to the hotel and to the swimmingpool. Last evening once again to the Waterfront, having a nice dinner at the Quay Four Restaurant and bought some Souvenir in the Victoria Wharf Shopping Center.
Before flying home we have still visited the Bo-Kaap and the winary Groot Constantia. So one imagines a beautiful winery. A pity, that our vacation is coming to an end. We will come back again. Totsiens! / Ta-ta!
Our experiences we always have captured in pictures. It is worth watching!
This year our travel planning focused to get to know new countries and dive spots.
The decision was to go to Cebu/Philippines. But before still a 3-days stay in Hongkong to explore more points of interests and to meet our lovely colleagues from our company office.
Of course we started again from our home airport
Frankfurt to destination Hongkong by using Cathey-Pacific Airline. Arrival in the early morning and taking the limousine service (with WLAN connection in the car!) to our hotel. We had booked the pentahotel in Kowloon, a nice 4* Boutiquehotel with good connection to the MTR, the subway of Hongkong.
On the first evening we visited the ELEMENTS Shopping Center and the Temple Street Night Market in Yau Ma Tei district, there we took a small snack with Wan Tan soup and shrimps and a noodle soup with pork curry. Back to the hotel by using the very famous Nathan Road and the next MTR station.
2. day - first with the hotel shuttle to direction Tsim Sha Tsui district, then a short walk to the ferry station and crossing the Victoria Harbour to Hongkong Island. There we made a roundtrip with the green Big Bus Line (Hop on/Hop off) up to Stanley and Aberdeen. A really nice trip through the street canyons of Hongkong Island, past the lower terminus of the Peak Tram and the racecourse, then along the coastline with a beautiful view to the South China Sea via Repulse Bay to Stanley, a small artists village with some studios, where any kind of pictures are offered.
At the continuation of the journey we stopped in Aberdeen to make a short ride with a typical Sampan. This is a small and old houseboat and is purely handled by old chinese women. Very interesting as well is the very big Jumbo Floating Restaurant, which is located in the harbour and attracts many visitors every day. The Restaurant should have approx. 2000 seats, looks really impressive at the front , but backside unsightly because of extension with the kitchen area - ugly as the night.
At the evening we still meet our colleagues Angela and Joyce for dinner. This time we decided to go to the "Nomads" Restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui district with Mongolian Buffet. It was again a nice and enjoyable evening with both.
3. day - again with our hotel shuttle to Tsim Sha Tsui into the K11 Shopping Center and then cross over to Hongkong Island. There we took the typical double-deck tram to the Western Market and after then we visited the Man-Mo Temple.
Therewith the time in Hongkong was coming to the end.
Further on next day we traveled from Hongkong to destination Cebu on the Philippines again with Cathey-Pacific.
The transfer from the Airport to our Dolphin House Resort, SPA, Diving in Moalboal took about 3 hours and was without problems despite of the chaotic traffic on the island.
We found a really small paradies. A well maintained facility, specious accommodation (we booked a De Luxe Bungalow), a TOP-Dive center and 1.class catering. Not only the warmly welcome with complementary drink and a nice little surprise gift makes us positive impressed. Rudy, the owner of this beautiful resort and his crew, starting with Eric from the front desk, the lovely girls at the Bar and in the Restaurant and last but not least Peter as Manager of the dive center have ultimately contributed, that we felt very comfortable. Overall we stayed there for 10 days. Of course some fascinating boat dives at the famous dive spots of this coastline could not be missed. Every day there was much to see in the wonderful underwater world. For example turtles, who stay in the reefs and can be admire very close.
We especially liked the fact that the resort is managed very environment-friendly. Plastic waste is avoided and aluminium bottles will be provided to the guests against a small amount. The bottles can be filled free of charge at any time.
To be mentioned is also that the dive center is managed according to economic aspects. Owner Rudy reported (scientific proven) that the house reef belongs to the highest biodiversity in the South East Asia region! For example feeding of wale sharks will be completely rejected. That's right!
It's a pity, the time was running to fast. Our flight back home was exhausting and felt extremely long.
A return is still not excluded.
Also on this trip we have made many pictures. Additional you will find some new pictures of our dives at Cebu in the rubric HOBBIES.
It should be a birthday surprise. And it worked perfectly. A long weekend with the whole family to Paris.
This time the journey took place by train, by regional train to Frankfurt and from Frankfurt with the ICE to Paris. Everything very relaxed.
Arrived in Paris, once we bought multi-day tickets for the Paris Metro. This means of transport is the easiest way to get around the city quickly and visit many
points of interest. Unfortunately also very old. So there are rarely escalators in the stations and climbing stairs can be very tedious.
First our tour took us to the Centre Pompidou, past the Stravinsky Fountain and the Town Hall to the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Here we noticed for the first time that many tourists visit the attractions and form long queues just to see the church from the inside. For us this was not an option, further on we went to the Ile de la Cite and then by metro into the district of Montparnasse. There is probably the only skyscraper in Paris, the Tour Montparnasse. The observation deck of the Tour Montparnasse in the 56th or 59th floor offers a unique panoramic view over Paris! What a view! 360 ° panoramic view over the French capital, in clear weather up to a radius of 40 km. For dinner we chose the Bistro L'estaminet very close to our hotel.
After a hearty breakfast the next morning at Bistro Chez Justine just around the corner from our hotel, we first visited the most famous cemetery in Paris, the Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise. Here are many famous people buried like the singer Edith Piaf, the composer Frederic Chopin or Jim Morrison, frontman of the band "The Doors" just to name a few. Then we went to the district of Montmartre to attractions such as the Basilica du Sacre-Coeur and the Moulin Rouge. Of course, a walk along the famous Avenue des Champs-Elysees from Arc de Triumphe to the Place de la Concorde was also a must. At the end of the day once again we used the observation deck of the Tour Montparnasse to enjoy the evening atmosphere and the sea of lights over Paris.
Day 3 began with the tour to Opera Garnier and the Big Bus sightseeing tour (Hop on / Hop off), a convenient way to get to know Parisian attractions. Since we had booked both available tours, the day passed quickly. For dinner we chose the Bistro Ober Mama and did not regret it. A relaxed atmosphere and good food, what more could you ask for.
On the last day we retourned to the Ile de la Cite, did a Batobus boat tour on the Seine river and stopped at the Eiffel Tower. In the afternoon we went back home with the ICE. It was a really nice trip with the whole family.
As always, we captured our impressions in pictures. Enjoy browsing.
What do you do when you are owning a nice Convertible Car and the sun is shining ?! You sit in the car and makes a shortly determined Convertible Tour.
Well - on to Amsterdam and in addition as well visit our dear friends Karlo and Irene from Hilversum, whom we met during our holiday in South Africa.
The journey took place via our motorway network up
to the Dutch border. Then convertible top on and comfortably on well-developed roads over Nijmegen, Arnhem and Hilversum first to our accommodation, a beautiful farm with apartment in Weesp, this is a small town between Amsterdam and Hilversum with good transport links.
Then we continued to Hilversum. Karlo and Irene had prepared a small program for us. First we drove to Laren. There was the international "Elephant Art Exhibition", a street exhibition with brightly painted elephant sculptures. In addition a small snack with a very popular Dutch specialty - Bitterballen. It is breaded, with a ragout of beef or veal stuffed and deep-fried meat croquettes. This is usually given mustard. Really tasty!
Back in Hilversum, Karlo surprised us with a delicious selection of finger food. Cooking and spoiling guests is Karlo's passion and hobby. The two live really idyllic just outside Hilversum. Time was passing too fast, so we made our way back to our accommodation.
The next morning starts with a good breakfast. The owner of the apartment was especially looking for food for us - bread, eggs and cold cuts more than enough. Then we made our way to Amsterdam. Ideal starting point, the railway station of Weesp, where we could easily park our car. With the train we reached the Centraal Station in Amsterdam in just 15 minutes comfortably and quickly. No difficult parking search, the sightseeing could start directly.
The huge amount of bicycles in front of the entrance of the Centraal station is just noticed. That must be thousands of bikes! And there is also a bicycle parking garage with 2500 parking spaces on 3 decks! The inhabitants of the city already know how to get from A to B quickly.
Of course we started with a ride on one of the typical excursion boats through the narrow canals of the city. Then a small snack in the Loetje Centraal directly opposite the main station at the canal. We continued on foot through the Chinatown area with many Asian restaurants. There you will also find the Buddhist Fo Guang Shan Temple. A look inside is very interesting.
On our tour of the city, we also passed the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum. It is well known that soft drugs such as marijuana or cannabis are offered and sold in the so-called "coffee shops". The Paleis op de Dam (the royal palace) on the square de Dam (there is to find Madame Tussauds waxwork museum as well), the Johnny Jordaan Plein near the Prinzengracht and de Waag, the former weigh house of the city are other attractions where we passed by.
Before returning to our accommodation, we had a very good evening at the Harbor House on the marina of Almere / Markermeer. The trip home after a good breakfast next morning in nice weather was without incident.
Conclusion - Amsterdam is always worth a visit. Take a look to the photos.