Hiddensee, Germany – Baltic Island Hideaway

In the Baltic Sea just off Germany's northeastern coast lies the island of Hiddensee, an island known for its beautiful nature and for the fact that there are absolutely no cars on the island. As the island is long and thin with an area of 19 square km (7.34 square miles), the 1300 inhabitants and … Continue reading Hiddensee, Germany – Baltic Island Hideaway

Gruyères, Switzerland – Cheese, Chocolates and Cheer

Our next stop on the summer 2017 trip was a stop of almost pure gluttony of two of my favourite things (and my two favourite 'ch' words): cheese and chocolate. Gruyères, Switzerland hosts cheese and chocolate production facilities, specifically producers of Gruyère cheese and all types of chocolate from Maison Cailler. Maison Cailler, Gruyères From … Continue reading Gruyères, Switzerland – Cheese, Chocolates and Cheer

Mont Blanc/Chamonix, France – Alpine climb

Mont Blanc is the crowning jewel of Savoie in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France. Mont Blanc and the main town nestled at its base, known as Chamonix, was the next and final stop on our trip through southern France during the summer of 2017. Unfortunately, I cannot say much about the town except that it … Continue reading Mont Blanc/Chamonix, France – Alpine climb

Mercantour, France – Franco-Italian beauty

After Marseille, the next stop on our tour last summer was Mercantour National Park (Parc national du Mercantour) on the border between France and Italy (which we crossed into unknowingly). This part of France is sparsely inhabited as most of the population of the area lives along the coast. Only small villages, many of them … Continue reading Mercantour, France – Franco-Italian beauty