Berlin Day Hike: Cloudy Hike Along Maxsee

Between Buckow and Fürstenwalde/Spree you find the small village of Hoppegarten (not to confuse with Hoppegarten next to Berlin). From there you can take a beautiful walk around the lakes.

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Location: Hoppegarten/Mark, Am Maxsee,  South-Eastern shore, short detour to the marshlands on the most southern point – go back on the North-Western shore / Distance: 13 km / Public Transport: Berlin – Strausberg by S-Bahn, by bus direction Hoppegarten (you need to call the bus), 1:30h / from city center: 25 km / East / Weather: 21 °C, cloudy / Camera: Nikon D500, 18-105 mm lens
Other trails nearby

In The Forest, In The Garden

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Berlin Day Hike: Sunny Walk Around Wilkendorf and Ihlandsee

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Location: Wilkendorf, Am Schlosssee – direction North – around Ihlandsee – back to Wilkendorf – through the village – coffee and Cake at the Golf Club – back to Am Schlosssee / Distance: 9 km / Public Transport: Strausberg, by bus direction Altlandsberg, get off at Wilkendorf, 1:30h / from city center: 55 km / East / Weather: 18 °C, sunny / Camera: Nikon D500, 18-105 mm lens
Other trails nearby

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Ireland: Clouds Over Sheep’s Head Lighthouse

We had a winding drive to Sheep’s Head, the point of the peninsula. A beautiful short hike brought us to a small white lighthouse.

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Ireland: Coloured Houses And Clouds In Bantry

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Irish Landscapes: On The Road Through The West

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Bantry House: The Fading Beauty Of Another Era

When you ask me what I liked most on our short trip to Ireland, I would have Derrynane Beach, Sheep’s Head and Bantry House in mind. And I just talk about sights 😉

Bantry House is one big miracle box. Once opened, you’ll find something extraordinary in every corner, in every room and behind every curtain. I especially loved – compared to other manor houses I saw in England, Scotland and Ireland – that there is still life in it, it seams as if the residents just left for a short journey.

It’s not perfectly renovated, from the outside it even seams to be ruined. The wall papers show waves, there are family photos from the seventies, in the garden you’ll find broken statues lying around. In the stables you’ll see an old storage rack with the handwritten inscriptions of the old administrator.

And the gardens! The gulf stream climate (and the gardeners) makes them flourish as if the Carribeans would be just around the corner.

A perfect arrangement of life. Come on a visit with me and let yourself immerse in its beauty.

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The Exterior and the stables of Bantry House

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The interior of Bantry House

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The Gardens

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All I want to say with all this pictures: Don’t miss Bantry House.

Home away from home: The Stepping Stone Bed & Breakfast

Those Irish people. Never in my traveler life I have met such friendly and eloquent people like here. Out of the blue you’ll start an intellectual conversation on the street while looking at some zucchini on a market stand. And all that without being intrusive or without the intention of selling something. There are many, many countries in the world who could take a leaf out of Irelands book on that issue.

We went to the Stepping Stone Bed & Breakfast because my cousin, who was already there for several times, recommended it to us. It is beautifully situated in Bridia Valley between the mountains of Kerry and you’ll get there by car or while hiking along the well indicated Kerry Way.

Sandy and John are the warmest hosts ever and they will make your stay a pure blast.

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Ireland: Land Of The Sheep, Home Of The Shave

On our next station we stood at the Stepping Stone Bed and Breakfast near Glencar in Bridia Valley. What a landscape!

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Ireland: Beautiful Gap Of Dunloe

The Gap of Dunloe is a wonderful landscape in the middle of the Ring of Kerry. You can drive to a nearby village and from there on you walk or go by Jaunting Cart (60€/2P).

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