I have been used to going on holidays from a very young age. As soon as I considered myself old enough, I started travelling on my own. Most of my friends will consider me “well-travelled” while I will look at a map and see all those places I have never been to – and many more that I would love to see again. Continue reading Alicioustravels: NEW SERIES Travel Essentials
One of many things that make living in Vienna so convenient is the fact that it takes you less than 2 hours to get to the mountains. And I mean mountains, not rolling hills. Real mountains to hike, climb and ski. Over the years, Rax has evolved as the favourite mountain of choice for a relaxing day trip. Continue reading Alicioustravels: Rax – our favourite local mountain
It’s late April now and finally our travel plans for 2015 are coming together:
- In late May we are spending four days in Istanbul.
- In September we are looking into 2 weeks in Portugal (Lisbon, then driving down the coast-ish)
- In December I will take my then-retired Mum to New York and Boston to celebrate.
The Tongariro Crossing had been in my head since we contemplated travelling to New Zealand. I completed what’s allegedly “New Zealand’s finest day walk” on my first trip in 2003 and was mesmerized by the surreal landscape. You walk between two – sometimes more, sometimes less – active volcanoes, pass beautiful lakes, almost accompanied by the smell of sulphur. Continue reading Alicioustravels: Tongariro Winter Crossing
I had planned on covering Abel Tasman National Park and Marlborough Sound in one post, however, when drooling over the beauty of ATNP I quickly realized that one of the few “real” sounds of New Zealand would deserve a separate entry. Continue reading Alicioustravels: Marlborough Sound
Getting more sun hours than pretty much any other part of New Zealand, the Nelson area is always busy. Or so we thought. In winter, we found out, it’s as laid back and quiet as any other place we went to.
Mr A had specifically wanted to go kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park and because I had such fond memories of doing this on my very first trip to NZL back in 2003, I immediately agreed to make it a priority on our (mental) to do list. Continue reading Alicioustravels: Abel Tasman National Park
Mr A and I had been unable to decide whether to visit Doubtful Sound or Milford Sound. In a moment of decadence we decided to just visit both. Fiords, by the way. They are actually fiords, not sounds (dug out by glaciers, not rivers). Continue reading Alicioustravels: Does this Sound like a Fiord?
After a horrible night in a filthy hostel (I had my first asthma attack in almost 20 years because it was so dirty and because the resident cat must have slept in our bed before) we moved into spotless clean Kiwi’s Nest where owner Gloria gave us a warm welcome to her much-appreciated refuge. We had an early lunch at Circadian Rhythm café to provide enough energy to last us for the duration of the tour of the Otago peninsula we’d booked for the afternoon. Continue reading Alicioustravels: Otago peninsula