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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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.

Better than the Mediterranean: Derrynane Beach in Ireland

On this bright and sunny April day on Derrynane Beach, a woman walked past me, threw her arms in the air and shouted: “The Mediterranean has arrived in Ireland!” And while Mediterranen people would never had set foot into the water at this temperature, Irish people are quite fearless.

Derrynane Beach is on the West side of the Ring of Kerry and it’s one of the best beaches I have ever seen. Dunes, white sand, big rocks, crystal clear turquoise water. Everything asian beaches dream of.

At the end of the beach there is a small, old cemetery with a very special and serene atmosphere.

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Ireland: Kenmare And Glengariff

Two picturesque villages in a row. Great views to the sea, funny coloured houses, nice cafĂ©s. But with all this flattery about Ireland  I have to come to the less beautiful things now: First was, that it is not possible in all those picturesque villages to stroll quietly along the roads. Instead there is a steady stream of cars passing through the most beautiful parts and the people crowd on the small sidewalks. It leaves all the beauty to your imagination or maybe if you look up and ignore what happens on the ground, as I did for taking the photos.

Second thing is housing architecture. There are those wonderful old raw stone buildings of mostly sheep farmer families on the countryside and the traditionally coloured houses in the villages with their broad chimneys an their wooden carved business signs speaking of big craftsmanship of the times. But the region didn’t seam to have found an architectural language of modern times yet. Every piece of great contemporary architecture I saw (and this also counts for interior design) is imported. There is no Irish architecture which is aware of the past and its natural surroundings which continues classical Irish design into the future. Instead you’ll find mostly ugly, modernistic prefabricated housing in the middle of the greatest and wildest landscapes with thick plastic windows directly from the home depot stores, concrete fences and no intended garden at all. Interior Design (if it’s not traditional like for example in many pubs) is mostly inspired by English Interior Design but without the great materials and the will to develop coziness and individuality. I would really like to see those Irish style family homes with a love for proportions and space. There must be some.

Kenmare

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Glengariff

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Wolfgang, The Squirrel

He already lived here last year, but he supposably didn’t understand the squirrel-feeder. Now I caught him finally getting it. Awe, he’s cute!

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Berlin Day Hike: A Magical Landscape Shaped By Beavers

When we hiked around Buckow last week, we met a couple that told us about a huge dam build by beavers on the other side of the town. I was quite curious to see it and so I followed his description “at the end of the village direction Strausberg along Sophienfließ. In fact, it was not one dam but at least ten of them embedded in a magical, shire-like and blooming landscape where the sunlight falling through the trees is caught in the creek and the birds are singing as if there was a competition to win.

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Along Sophienfließ

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The Ruins of Wurzelfichte, killed by storm Kyrill in 2007

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Along Drachenkehle and Poetensteig

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Location: Northern border of Buckow – go right and follow Sophienfließ heading north until “Wurzelfichte” – through Drachenkehle until Krugberg Tower – back to Buckow over Poetensteig – along Sopphienfließ on the other shore / Distance: 6,5 km / public transport: over Strausberg and MĂŒncheberg, from MĂŒncheberg to Buckow by bus, at least 1:40h / from city center: 60 km / East / Weather: 18 °C, sunny / Camera: Nikon D500, 70-300 mm lens

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