Page 2 of yaron and hagit Travel Blog Posts

Mountains are not the first thing one thinks about when thinking about the Caribbean, but for the last few days we stayed up in the mountains of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Both have high mountains covered with rain forests. The DR has a mountain over 3000m high but we did not pass the 1000m mark. Still, mountains are a refreshing change from beaches. Frankly, we are not really beach-folk and climbing up and down forests is where we feel more comfortable. Another source of pleasure in traveling in the DR and PR is that for the first time since my trip to Latin America in 2003 I am speaking Spanish. Although my vocabulary is not as good as it was after that 8 month trip I'm happy that, even after a decade without speaking ... read more
The rainbow I saw
Pico Isabel de Torres
Fooling around

Science, spearheaded by Darwin, traces the origin of man to a group of hunter-gatherers in the hot and humid cradle of the African savannah. This is probably why we like beaches – because they remind us of our common homeland. After a few days in such weather we can report how the human body conforms perfectly to this theory. Originally, we had different activities planed until we actually arrived to the first beach. The hot and humid air, so much nicer to the skin then the cool dry air-conditioned air in the office, immediately took over our bodies and soles. No longer did we want to DO anything except lay idle on the beach. All our daily activity was degraded into hunting-gathering enough food for our existence - an activity easily achieved in our "savanna" filled ... read more
Near Laguna Gri-Gri
 El Limon Watterfall
Near Playa Coson

The best souvenirs are bought in the supermarket. That is the easiest place to get the local feel to life. I like to end every trip at the supermarket and fill my suitcase with local flavors that can last for a few week at home. At the end of a 2 day business-trip to Northern Italy a couple of weeks ago I had to fill petrol in the rental car before returning it. At the roadside convenience store I bought some fresh pasta, cheese, olive oil and wine to take home that was so excellent most readers will have to go to their BEST and most expensive local Delicatessen if they will want to top the produce casually sold at a store next to the petrol station in Italy Last week I spent some time working ... read more
The lighthouse
 Big Basin Redwoods State Park
view from top of Mt Tamalpias

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich June 11th 2011

Having a Saturday off in Munich during a business trip I took a 4 country in 1 day road trip Neuschwanstein Castle Germany The castle in the south of Germany was the inspiration of the “sleeping Beauty” castle at Disneyland. I found that they are similar not only in appearance. In more than one regard, the real castle is as fake at its copy in Anaheim. King Leopold, who designed the German version at the end of the 19th century, had the same soft spot for fantasies (and Richard Wagner) as Mr Disney so both places showcase make believe rooms - like a fake cave, and a fake swan lake in the original “real” castle. Neuschwanstein Castle is the most visited site in Germany. With that distinction come the long lines for tickets and tours so ... read more
 Neuschwanstein Castle Germany
Vaduz Castle, Liechtenstein
Hohenschwangau Castle

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Treviso September 27th 2010

“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” Benjamin Disraeli Italy is the 46th country or territory that I (Yaron) have visited. You might think it would be higher up on the list but I have a prejudice aversion to “classical Europe”. What so good about old buildings, Cathedrals and cities? This week we did the “classical Europe” thing and you know what? It’s not bad :) For example, I used to think that Pisa was just about this leaning Tower thing. I could not for-the-life-of-me understand why one would bother to go there just to see that tourist trap. But then I turned a corner on a little Pisa street and, quite unexpectedly , stood before me a beautiful marble tower which also happened ... read more
Cinque Terre
Tenuta Santome winery

Europe » Italy » Trentino Alto Adige September 18th 2010

“God created a world full of little worlds. “ Yiddish proverb A day without taking a photo is in many cases an ominous sign that the day was a wasted travel day. So when we found that we took no photo for 3 out of 4 days we knew we needed a change in plans. Our original plan was to slowly making our way up the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. Relaxing on the beach and exploring the old cities. But we are not the beach relaxing kind. And after seeing Kotor and Dubrovnik all the old towns seem to look the same. The only day we did take a photos was the one day we did not stay near beach. Instead we were hiking all day in the nature reserve up in the mountains. Which ... read more
Alpe di Siusi
Plitvicka jezera National Park, Coratia
Plitvicka jezera National Park, Coratia

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » South » Mostar September 5th 2010

“The Balkans produce more history than they can consume” Winston Churchill From the first moment in Bosnia I knew I will love being here. Crossing the border from Croatia you notice that things look a little bit unordered in a manner that is not quite “European”. Right after the border crossing (with a non-English speaking guard) the Bosnian flag is followed by a …Serbian looking flag. Strange. The houses are not decorated with flowers as we got used to in Slovenia and Croatia. The feeling is that you have arrived to someplace different and not “yet-another European country”. The first village you pass has a church that looks different than the ones we saw before (its orthodox). In the second village from the border you notice a mosque. Its minaret is made of wood! That ... read more

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor September 3rd 2010

I have been asked by my beloved husband, to lose some precious hours of night sleep, for the purpose of writing a blog entry that deals with traveling with two bundles of joy. Instead, since Ariel wakes up every two hours at night to have some yummy mommy-milk, I intend to go to sleep and let these lines write themselves. Even before Ariel was born, we knew we will have this trip with him. I was shocked the first time Yaron started talking about this trip. It was after the first Ariel’s ultrasound. I had 8 more months to digest this idea. Getting ready for any trip is difficult but this time it was the most difficult. Trying to think of all the things Liya will need and than trying to imagine the things Ariel will ... read more
Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Persat, Montenegro
Who said you cannot party with a 3 month old?

Europe » Kosovo » South » Prizren August 28th 2010

““Remember what Bilbo used to say: It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to...”” We completely lost track of time this week. The other day we fruitlessly tried to calculate which day of the week it was. At the end we looked at our calendar and saw we were off by one day. It is such a liberating feeling not knowing or caring when you are. I’m not sure we fully knew where we where as well every time we when to bed. We surly didn’t know where we will be the next day. After finishing our last week (a week being 10 days in our case…) in northern Croatia we wanted ... read more
Dormitor National Park, Montenegro
National Park Biogradska Gora, Montenegro
Prizren, Kosovo

Europe » Croatia » Slavonia August 19th 2010

This week, we sluggishly made our way from Slovenia to Eastern Croatia which is confusingly called Slavokia - not to be mixed-up with Slovakia. a few hundred km to the north. (To make things more confusing all 3 have similar flags!) There are no “big” tourist spots in this area or “must see” locations that we had on our aim. So we just wandered around slowly in charming rural areas averaging no more than 100km of driving a day. One day Yaron said “I need a big city” and we drove 1hr to Zagreb. A few hours later we had enough of the city and ran back to the cozy feeling of countryside travel. This is the first time for both of us that we essentially travel through the variety of nations, cultures and ethnicities of ... read more
Trakoscan Castle, Croatia
Kopacki  Rit

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