Nikko‘s temples and shrines are gold and red, shiny and extravagant – too gaudy for my taste. It reminds me of a cathedral in Florence, with every inch richly decorated and rather overwhelming. Continue reading “Extravagant Nikko”
Fushimi Inari – Mt. Shimizu (241m) – Higashiyama Sancho Park (220m) – Mt. Daimonji (465m) – Ginkaku Temple – Hiei (690m) // 25km, 8 hours
I’m back at the Kyoto Trail again. Last December my mountain buddy Sano-san and I walked a northern part of the trail (Kitayama).
This Higashiyama route, an eastern-part of the trail, has many highlights: Fushimi Inari’s vivid orange-red “Thousands Gates”, a panoramic view from Mt. Higashi, the Lake Biwa Canal, Mt. Daimonji and its iconic fireplace, and spiritual Mt. Hiei area.
Biking from Meilen to Walenstadt, Walensee – 64km
After my 5-day bike tour in Germany and Czech Republic, I re-discovered the joy of biking. Biking gives a sense of adventure and freedom. Continue reading “Biking from Meilen to Walenstadt along the Linthkanal”
Finally a bike-free day in Prague. It is windy and I am happy I do not need to bike against it… Continue reading “Magnificent Prague”
Melnik to Prague, 57km, our last day of Elberadweg
I made a short, quiet and beautiful morning walk in Melnik, a hill-top village looking over the rivers. Continue reading “Elbe Bike Route: Day 5”
Elbe Bike Route (Elberadweg): Litoměřice to Melnik (44 km)
This morning Doris leaves us to go to her parents’ place. Doris’ mother comes to our hotel to pick up Doris and for a very pleasant chat. Continue reading “Elbe Bike Route: Day 4”
Usti nad Labem to Litomerice, Czech Republic, 28km
Today is an easy day, only 28km to cover.
We were happy to leave the busy town of Usti and go back to our quiet bike path along the river bank. Continue reading “Elbe Bike Route: Day 3”
Bad Schanda (Germany) to Ústí nad Labem (Czech Republic), 50km
After a hearty breakfast, we start for our 2nd day of biking at 9am. Fresh temperature and a cloudless, blue sky promise for another fantastic day! Continue reading “Elbe Bike Route: Day 2”
My day started with a morning walk in the lovely town of Bad Schandau before breakfast. The air was crisp and almost no one was out there that early in the morning. Continue reading “Elbe Bike Route: Bad Schandau”