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WorldTrip 2017/18

By Micha
23 Nov 2017
AU Australia

Around Sydney are so many awesome National Parks. This time we went to Ku-ring-gai Chase which is rich in aboriginal culture more than we expected. We were impressed by the many sites you can hike to. The rock art of the Guringai people is a couple of thousand years old.

This park also offers many hiking trails with different length some to hidden beaches like West Head Beach. It’s a must see if you are in the area of Sydney. Don’t visit the park in a rush just for the West Head...

By Micha
21 Nov 2017
AU Australia

What a brilliant day. We could make it to the Figure Eight Pools in Royal National Park today. We had planned this several times, and today the conditions were perfect. Good weather, the sea not too rough, low tide not too late in the day. At the information center, a large sign stated: "no access to figure eight pools today". I could not believe that. Will we miss it again? Was all the planning senseless? We took a chance and ignored the message because we extensively researched all...

Qingshui Cliffs - Taroko National Park
By Micha
17 Nov 2017
TW Taiwan

Our last day on this unforgettable island. We know we come back soon. There is so much more to discover. What could we do today? First, we had several hours drive to get direction Taipei. We could either hike to the Teapot Mountain or perhaps I check the sea conditions and I could snorkeling again. Elephant Trunk should be an excellent destination for a short hike and a snorkel trip. It was hot today already 30 degrees in the morning, and the sky was perfectly blue. We made a quick stop at...

By Micha
16 Nov 2017
TW Taiwan

We thought traveling through Taroko National Park would be the highlight of our trip, the reason that everything was planned around for right weather conditions. To be honest, the park is very popular and overrun. The narrow gorge and roads cannot handle this amount of buses and cars. Busses and vans block most of the parking areas from midday onwards. On the other hand, roads are rebuilt always and everywhere. The results are huge traffic jams in the gorge. Roads are sometimes closed for...

By Micha
15 Nov 2017
TW Taiwan

The weather in the mountains improved after several days of rain. Finally, we could try to travel to Hehuanshan mountain for a spectacular sunrise. However, it is a long drive on an almost 80 km winding, sometimes one-lane road through the Taroko National Park, and we still didn’t have any reservation. Therefore, we made a stop at the East Rift Valley Visitor Information Center. The two young employees were very helpful and made a reservation for us. When they finished, we even got a printed...

By Micha
10 Nov 2017
TW Taiwan

Today we experienced one of our most impressive days in our life. We took the ferry to Liuqiu Island and rented a scooter for 300 TWD. It was mentioned in our travel guide that you may spot green sea turtles. At the first spot, we saw one turtle but overall not spectacular. I asked two local snorklers where we can find the best spot for green turtles. Amazingly they offered us to show the exact place. We followed them with our scooter, and they explained the currents and where to get in and...

By Micha
09 Nov 2017
TW Taiwan

Driving in Taiwan around huge cities can be difficult. Several times we took the wrong direction, but at the end, we could manage it due to Google Maps and our unlimited data traffic subscription.

Now we are in Xitou. When we arrived, we saw hundreds of buses; people and pupils everywhere. We wondered if there is a bank holiday. We figured out it looks like that each day except weekends. This park is popular for retired people for hiking on paved trails through the beautiful forest....

Spectacular views along the Nanqing Road
By Micha
07 Nov 2017
TW Taiwan

We are completely remote in the mountains for camping. Several farmers rent camping sites with very clean facilities. The price for a campsite is around 1000 TWD, roughly 30 Euro. Here in Taiwan, it’s common to have a shower at each campground; otherwise Taiwanese people wouldn’t stay here. We are the only ones mid-week. The farmer and his family are like all other residents here super friendly. For breakfast, we got a bag full of Sharon fruits from their trees. Even here in the middle of...

101 WTC Taipei - Look from Elephant Mountain
By Micha
04 Nov 2017
TW Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan a completely different culture, food and first of all language. Not many people speak English. That's challenging! Anyhow, we already experienced several kind residents trying to help us. The food is delicious and cheap, but you can't compare it to Asian food in Europe. Yesterday, we had a first look at the city and bought a special ticket for the metro for the day after. We like to have a closer look at different temples, the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, and our highlight...