Elbe Sandstone Mountains Germany

Elbe Sandstone Mountains Germany Elbsandsteingebirge (in German).  The mountains are also referred to as Saxon Switzerland or Bohemian Switzerland. This is a national park in eastern Germany about 2 hours drive south of Berlin.  We were very lucky to have our friends recommend this place, or we would not have known about it. As you will see in the photos … Continue reading

Views from Marjan in Split Croatia

Views from Marjan in Split Croatia Hard to resist a hike that promises wonderful views. From the promenade you can see the hill of Marjan off to the west. Without a map, we just started walking toward the hill and climbing up steps.  As long as we were going up, we figured we would get there eventually.  And we did! … Continue reading

Top 5 Tips Plitvice National Park Croatia

Top 5 Tips Plitvice National Park Croatia   1. Plan your trip in the fall.  In the spring, the trees are bare, its cold in the winter, and the crowds in the summer will seriously limit your mobility, causing you to only see a small fraction of the park.  In the fall, the weather is cooler, crowds are decreased, and … Continue reading

The Bridge and Gorge of Ronda, Spain

The Bridge and Gorge of Ronda, Spain are just stunning.  As are the amazing views from the bridge.  The bridge was completed in 1793 and is the symbol of the city of Ronda.  It is 360 feet down to the ravine.  Makes you feel a little woosy when looking straight down from atop the bridge. It is pretty dramatic to … Continue reading

Europa Point, Gibraltar

Europa Point Located at the southern most tip of Gibraltar.  We decided that if we started walking and just headed south, we would eventually find it.  Sidewalks ended.  Narrow tunnels came into view and we questioned whether or not we were going the right direction.  Fortunately we met other walkers and they assured us that we should just continue walking … Continue reading

Climbing the Rock of Gibraltar

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, we looked up and decided that we would walk up to get a closer look at the Moorish Castle we could see from town.  After a bit of wandering around, and a few wrong turns, we finally found ourselves on the road leading up. As we got closer, we found that there was a fee … Continue reading

The View from the Top of El Fuerte

We hiked to the top of El Fuerte, the mountain above Frigiliana, Spain.  There are beautiful panoramic views of Frigiliana below, Nerja, the Mediterranean, and the Sierra Almijara Natural Park on the other side. Frigiliana is a quaint village about 5 miles inland from Nerja in the Costa del Sol.   This area had been inhabited by Phoenicians and Romans in … Continue reading

Walking along the rio

Written by Dave:  On a Sunny Saturday afternoon, the family decided that we needed to do some more exploring.  We had walked into campo (the countryside) to the west of town, and decided to explore the east side.  From a high vantage point we could see a river down below, and have always wanted to find out a way to … Continue reading

Exploring and hiking

We have been exploring trails along the edge of the village.  The owner of a local tapas restaurant recommended a trail along a creek, so we decided to go check it out.  We walked past avocado fields, down steep hills to the creek.  We found a bamboo canopy and even a cute little frog.  Dave was able to catch the … Continue reading