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Tour d’Italy

Everything began on a typical thursday at 5 something in the morning … Babsi picked me up and I started to drive south while Babsi enjoying one of those relaxing car nappies. But finally we arrived in italy for our first cappucino … if you want to know more about this trip of mishappenings and cool adventures then just read more. If you are one of those „visual“ persons – there is a Venice gallery and a gallery with lots of mountainbike and canyoning pictures from the Lago de Gardo

1. Venice (Thursday)

A loooonnnngg day in venice, where we lost lots of water due to the
tropical temperatures. Besides from that, we enjoyed the pavillions of
the Biennale (especially the Danemark). Just see the pictures for an impression
of the day. At 22:00 we left Venice and drove to the south side of the
Lago di Garda.

2. Nago

After an early wake up we drove north, enjoyed a lovely breakfast and
just had a good time. Finally we arrived at Torbole where we met Michi
and Gina. As the sun set, we hoped on our mountainbikes and drove up to
the valley of St.Lucia and further on to Nago – nice trip …

3. Pasubio – Mishappening No. 1

We planned to bike the Pasubio, so we left Torbole and enjoyed the traffic
jam to Roveretto. Then we drove to the Pasubio parking lot, where we were
informed that the trail is closed … we tried another path up the Pasubio
and again it was closed. So we cycled to another path where I had a hole
in my tube … (No. 1). Finally we just rode on the street down to Roveretto
– what a day ….

4. Piazzole – another day, another hole …

Babsi, Michi and I left to Riva, where we wanted to bike the old road
but we ended at a metal gate …. so we drove back to Torbole, where Babsi
left us and Michi and I cycled all the 900m up to the start of the Piazzole
trail. There we seperated. Michi took the forest road and I went for the
singletrail. The first 100-200m altimeter were fine, but then … I smelled
the compressed air …. another hole … and nothing to repair it – Michi
had the stuff … So finally I ended up carrying my bike for 600 altimeter
down and really cool challenging trail ….
When we came back to the campsite, Michi and Gina left and I was alone
:(

5. Sentiero del Pace – again …

Morning was relaxing, reading and bikestuffshopping and then Britta arrived
and at 18:00 we left for the Sentiero del Pace. A really cool singletrail
with another hole and a broken valve … but luckily Britta had another
tube so I could finish the trail …

6. Torrente Palvico

The 2nd day of the USI trip (the first was just a short biketrip) and
it led us to the lovely Torrente Palvico with an amazing 50m abseiling
part

7. MTB Tour in the south of the lake

1400 altimeter and a nice singletrail in brilliant surroundings – that’s
how it should be at how it was

8. Torrente Albola

Another canyon and the Albola has more water so it was more aquatic –
and refreshing ;)

9. Torrente Viona

Fun canyoning – that’s how you can describe this little canyon. Jumps,
slides and abseils and lots of it :)
10. Kohlern Trial in Bozen

The last day of the trip … we drove to Bozen, paid for the cableway
and then we had 800 altimeter of really cool singletrails for us. Definitly
worth the trip

Well, that was the trip d’Italy – CU soon (maybe next monday)

Manfred and Yen in Salzburg

After 3 years living in Australia, Manfred and Yen finally mastered it to come to Austria (on their way to Canada). During their three weeks in europe they had a lot of things to do and the weather gave us all options from snowfall to 25° ….

So what did we do while they were here. Well, read on for some highlights …
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Ile de la Reunion

You are looking for tropical island that has more too offer than „just“ beaches – look no further: Reunion is the answer. Mountains, waterfalls, dense forests, clouds and plenty of outdoor activities – just have a look and start to dream of your own trip to Reunion

Mauritius – the beach paradise

When Babsi and I heard of the option to visit Mauritius before our main holiday destination – Reunion – we said: ´Yeah, let’s go´.

And we spent there seven beautiful days. You can read a little bit about the island or there are some galleries just for you.

The island itself offers plenty to do and if you need a refreshing thing, just go in the cristall clear water for a snorkeling trip
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Babsi & Werner in big London

London TowerbridgeThx to Ryanair we had a free flight to London and so we went for a 4day trip to the capitol of England, where we enjoyed the market of Camden, the shops in the Soho area and the typical sightseeing thingies like the London Eye with its astounishing views

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Vietnam: From inner city Hanoi to the Mekong countryside Part 4: Nha Trang city, Mui Ne beach and Saigon

Dragon stairs at Nha Trangs main temple
After a great day island hopping around Nha Trang we were interested to investigate the city itself. We both wanted a hassle free day from all the taxi and cyclo drivers, so we decided to hire a cyclo driver for the day. The guest house receptionist recommended a nice local driver for us and off we went. Two people on a small cyclo can be quite a snug fit. I sat on a wood plank slightly elevated from the seat, legs spread so that Yen sit in the seat..and we headed off north from our hotel..
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Vietnam: From inner city Hanoi to the Mekong countryside Part 3: My Son and Nha Trang Islands

Temple detail at My SonIt kept raining over night and our trip to the My Son temple site was destined to get us a bit wet. The site originates from the Kingdom of the Champa and is situated inlands of Hoi An. We went there by bus and it was drizzling happily, when we arrived. Since it didn’t look like it would improve, we bought two of the plastic bag type raincoats and actually wore them, when we walked off to the site.
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Vietnam: From inner city Hanoi to the Mekong countryside Part 2: Hue and Hoi An

Thien Mu Pagoda along the Perfume river
Coming in an over night train from Hanoi, which didn’t really allow for much sleep, we arrived in Hue rather tired. Nevertheless we explored the town and the Purple City palace area, or what is left of it, by just walking around. The Purple City is a great complex of old buildings ranging from newly renovated ones to a pile of rocks. The entrance building and gate is particularly impressive. We spent a few hours exploring the palace after a warm up in the Imperial Museum.

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Vietnam: From inner city Hanoi to the Mekong countryside Part 1: Hanoi and Halong Bay

A typical postcard scene in Ha Long Bay
After successfully getting married with a great party and only 2 days to pack and recover Yen and myself were heading to Vietnam for four weeks of adventures and impressions. In fact it was bound to become adventerous, since all we had organised were our flight tickets. And we sort of packed our bags just in time. We were still packing about 4 hours, before we took off in Melbourne…
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New Zealand: Adventures on the rainy south island

CliffsIt was late December 2001 Babsi and Werner went ahead from Europe and were joined by Yen and Manfred from Australia to tour around the south island and experience the beauty of this spectacular place. We went kayaking, sky diving, sea kayaking, caving, tube rafting, rafting and so on and so on. We mainly camped although sometimes we thought we might just be washed away. All the rain gave us plenty of waterfalls though and we saw a lot of other things too.