Travelogue – Sweden 2020

Holms Fiskeläge

Period: 25 August 2020 – 18 September 2020. Distance:  4. 415  km

Photo gallery

We have uploaded our photos of Fårö, Gotland and Öland. If you click on this link you will be directed to our photo’s : Sweden. The photo’s of the Dodekalitten are in our Denmark folder. Please click here: Dodekalitten.

Route

The destination was the island of Gotland in Sweden. The start-up route to Sweden was Zeeland – Erica in the Netherlands – Aabenraa in Denmark and through Denmark over the beautiful bridges:

  • The Storebælt Bridge, which connects Funen with Sjælland
  • The Øresund Bridge, the connection between Denmark and Sweden.

to Sweden. Both bridges are masterpieces.

The trip in Sweden started in Skanör, where our first Swedish overnight stay also was. We followed the route along the coast to Oskarshamn, where we made the crossing to Visby on Gotland. On Gotland we toured and also made a crossing to the island of Fåro. After our stay on Gotland we spent a few days on Öland. On the way back from Öland to the Netherlands we made a stop at Kragenæs to admire the Dodekalitten.  Then by boat from Rodby to Puttgarden and on to Zeeland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights of this trip

South-Sweden

Ales Stenar. The Swedish Stonehenge. A tomb in the shape of a Viking-era ship. It is estimated that these graves are 1,400 years old. The granite boulders stand beautifully in the landscape with a view of the sea which is located more than 30 meters below. Ales Stenar is located near the old fishing village of Kåseberga, not far from Ystad, in southern Sweden’s Skåne.

On the way to Oskarshamn, where we took the boat to Gotland, we made a stop in Haslö. Haslö is located in the Karlskrona Archipelago, which consists of 1,650 islands and rocks. A peaceful area.

The penultimate stop on the way to Gotland was Kristianopel. It used to be a border post, when this area, Blekinge, was still part of Denmark. Kristianopel is very popular with the Swedes. When we were there in the late afternoon there was a nice atmosphere because of the late afternoon light. We walked through the village and along the old city wall.

Gotland

Gotland is the largest island in the Baltic Sea. It measures 125 by 55 km. It is a unique island, located between Sweden and the Baltic states. It is unique in terms of geology, nature and cultural history. The capital of the island is Visby. We took the boat from Oskarshamn to Visby. The crossing takes about 3,5 hours. Travelling to an island by boat is a highlight in itself. It also evokes memories of our travels in Greece and the boat trips between Italy and Greece.

On the islands of Gotland, Fårö and Öland there are imposing rock formations that have been cut out of the limestone rocks by weather and wind. These formations are called raukar (rauks).  Some rauks are beautiful sculptures shaped by nature and some are famous and even have names. They trigger the imagination of many people and certainly our’s.

The first night we found a place in Bläse, near the Kalkbrukmuseum. The museum is special. Valuable industrial heritage. The museum tells about the history of the limestone industry on Gotland. The quarry and furnaces were in operation until 1956.  It’s beautifully located along the sea. We camped there for three nights with our camper. The light during the golden hour was magical every night.

The Halls Fiskeläge (Hallshuk). A fiskeläge means fishing village.  Hallshuk  is located in the parish of Hall on the northern tip of Gotland along the western bank of Kappelshamnsviken. At the outer point lies the mighty harbour mountain which falls steeply down to the sea. Under the mountain is the unprotected fishing port with fishing huts on a steep embankment. Hallshuk used to be one of Gotland’s most profitable fishing spots. Herring, cod and flounder were fished and salmon fishing continued well into the 20th century. During the fishing seasons, the fishermen lived in fire sheds below the cliff edge. Hallshuk was a test station for about 150 years and the lighthouse was staffed for 50 years. The pilot station and lighthouse were important, wind and currents are still erratic and sometimes very strong.

Yvonne likes to walk along the beach in search of fossils. At Ireviken she has found some beautiful  fossils.  It is a beautiful bay and very much loved by the surf tribe. Other interesting places for fossils are  Gothemhammer  and  Grogarnshuvud..

At the fishing village of Lickerhamn is the highest rauk, a natural limestone pillar, of Gotland. Jungfru is a rauk on Jungfruklint, a natural park that covers the cliff and a beach along a 400-meter-long coastline with rauks.  Rauk Jungfru is 11 meters high, with another 14 meters down to the to sea. Jungfru (or virgin) probably got her name because of the likeness of a woman standing on the edge of the cliff, but is also linked to a dramatic story about “Likair the Wise’s daughter, narrated by John Nihlén in the sagas.

The open-air museum in Bunge seems to us worth visiting. Since we traveled out of season, the museum was unfortunately closed. Yvonne was allowed to go in for a while and made beautiful photos in a rather short time. There are two very beautiful Gothic rune stones at the entrance of the museum.

At St. Olofsholm, a peninsula near the village of Hellvi on the North East coast we made a long walk. There is an old chapel, on the spot where in 1029 the Norwegian king Olof Haraldsson went ashore to bring Christianity to Gotland. In the past, pilgrims also walked to St.Olofsholm.

Near Ljugarn is an old fiskeläge, Vitvår. Here is also an interesting raukar area: the  raukar of Folhammer.We have walked here and photographed the rauks.

Very worthwile  it is the nature reserve at Narsholmen. It is a desolate area. In the area stands the imposing Nårs Fyr. The lighthouse, the sea and around it the desolate landscape. All in perfect harmony.  With the right light, you can take the most beautiful pictures here.

At Hundlausar  we saw three old windmills  in an open field. These are beautiful old mills, which are still in their original state. At least the exterior. The mills are freely accessible.

We visited the rauks at Holmhaller and the fiskeläge just at the right time. There were showers coming and the sky became dramatic. Occasionally you experience magical moments where everything is just about right. This was one of those moments. Although we had to shelter for the rain all the time, we enjoyed this magical world.

Gotland is called “the island with a hundred churches“. We’ve visited many of them.  We took a lot of pictures in the churches. In the period from 15 May to 15 September, the churches are open for public. Many times, only the two of us were in the church. Without exception, all are beautiful churches. Often with wall- and ceiling paintings. Also many carvings  in the pews, in the pulpits, crosses. Most churches were built in the period 1100 – 1350.

The Norwegian internet site Gravgaver is a fantastic site where many churches of Gotland are described and has quality photos of the interiors of the churches. This is the link:  https://www.gravgaver.no.

The last two days on Gotland we have been walking, through the showers, in Visby.  Visby is a beautiful old Hanseatic town. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site.  The 3,4 km long city wall around the Old Town is impressive, also due to the imposing entrance gates. In  Visby  there are more than 200 medieval buildings. Unique are the ruins of the medieval churches. Our advice is: stroll around the city at ease.

Fårö

Fårö (“sheep island” or, according to an alternative explanation, “Island of the sailing people”) lies in the Baltic Sea, northeast of Gotland. It is separated from Gotland by a narrow strait, the Fårösund.

Fårö is 113 km² in size. It has about 600 permanent inhabitants. The island is flat and has many small lakes. The land consists largely of wild land and meadow land. On the north coast of the island are the previously mentioned curious erosion structures, the rauks.

In Fårösund  we took the small ferry from Gotland to Fårö. The crossing is free of charge! The crossing takes about 10 minutes.

At the Fårö kyrka  we visited the tomb of  Ingmar and Ingrid Bergman. The famous Swedish film director had a house on Fårö. He made movies there. He loved the island. Ingmar Bergman lived on the island for the last year of his life and died on Fårö in 2007. There is also a small museum near the church, the  Bergmancenter..

In Langhammarsmaren there are some beautiful rauks. Looking back now, we find this formation perhaps the most beautiful of this trip.  This group has a cult status. If you let go of your imagination, you visualize the most beautiful sculptures in this formation.

Near Langhammarsmaren is one of the most beautiful Fiskeläge of the Swedish islands: the Helgumannen Fiskeläge.  The fishermen’s cottages may not be that special, but the location and how the cottages are grouped is truly stunning.  It feels like this is the end of the world. With beautiful light you can make a beautiful photo  series. Ingmar Bergman used this location in his films.

One of the most beautiful rauks stands along the coast of Gamla Hamn. The raukar looks like a dog, rising majestically from the sea. This raukar is also called coffee pot, but for us it really is a dog.

In the landscape there are also very old sheepfolds, in Swedish “lambgift” and interesting old farms. We photographed some of them.

Småland

After Gotland we made a stopover in Vimmerby and the village of Sevedstorp before driving to Öland. This part of  Småland  was inspiration for the books of Astrid Lindgren. The Pipi Longstocking books and eg “The children of Bolderburen”. It’s not spectacular, but it’s nice to be there.

Öland

Last year we ended up in Öland, because of the bad weather in Norway and also in northern Sweden it was bad. In southern Sweden it was more pleasant. We liked Öland so much, that we decided to visit the island this year again.

We took a walk at Fort Gråborg. It is very beautiful. Once this was is an important Vikingstrade post. It was walled with a 640m long stone wall, which is still fairly intact. To the north of the fort lies the ruins of the medieval St. Knut Chapel.

Stora Alvaret is an area of great natural beauty with a unique ecology. This limestone plateau, called an alvar, is located in the southeast of the island. It originated from the skeletal remains of many millions of prehistoric sea animals such as coral.  The limestone was under the sea until the last great ice age. The pressure of the retreating ice led to the limestone. The area is about 260 sq km and it covers a quarter of Öland.

We spent two nights at Seby Läge with our camper. It is a very nice place and very popular with birdwatchers. I understand the passion of the birdwatchers. The bird migration is spectacular. In this place you can marvel for hours among the continuous flow of migratory birds. The birdwatchers are a special tribe, like the surfer-tribe.

Sandby Borg is also such a beautiful place along the sea. Again limestone plateaus that often color very nicely. When we were there, it was a little misty.

Just like last year, we took another long walk in the Ottenby Nature Reserve. It is a favourite place for ornithologists, especially when thousands of migrating birds settle there in the autumn. There are many sheep grazing in the area. We also saw a herd of deer moving at breakneck speed.

Denmark – the Dodekalitten

We left Sweden via  the  beautiful  Öresund Bridge from Malmö to Copenhagen. The designer of the bridge is George  Rothne. The engineering firm  Arup  drew the constructive design. The length of the bridge is 9000 meters and was opened on 1 July 2000.

On our wish list of Denmark were also the Dodekalitten. It is in the  outer area  of  Kragenæs. Here is a monument of the future. It is an art project in in progress of 12 menhirs, carved from granite. Each menhir is 7.9 meters high. Out of the stones comes specially composed music for this project. The story of the Dodekalitten  goes back 7,500 years. A natural disaster in the Bosphorus that eventually led to migration of people, even to Lolland in Denmark. One sculpture a year is made.  Thomas Kadziola  is the sculptor and the music is by Wayne  Siegel. The project is beautifully placed in  the landscape, with always the sea as a backdrop.

 

 

 

Denmark 2019

Rubjerg Knude

In May 2017 we travelled for the first time with our camper to Denmark and visited Jutland. As reference we followed the  Margueritruten (daisy route). Denmark is a very beautiful country and has all ingredients that we so much like: the sea, the coast, islands, nice rural areas, friendly people and space to breath and travel. We went back in May 2018 and  followed the southern part of the route. We have been to the islands Ærø, Funen, Langeland, Lolland, Falster, Møn and Sjælland. It seems that it has become a tradition to visit Denmark in spring. In 2019 we travelled on Djursland, the island Samsø and the northern part of Sjælland. The total length of the Margueritruten is 3.700 km’s and we have not yet finished the complete route. 

The photos of our travels you will find on our SmugMug site (please click) in a special folder containing galleries of of the above mentioned journeys, together with special series of the Æero island beach huts,  Møns Klint, Jylland at the sea, Lighthouses, the yellow fields of Jutland, Men at Sea and a Monochrome gallery. Here below you will find some extracts from our Denmark folder:

Møns Klint

Djursland

 

Lighthouses

The yellow fields

Beach huts at Ærø island

Fishing

Travelogue – Denmark 2017 – 2019

Gershoj

Camper Travelogue – Denmark 2017 – 2019

Period: 20 May 2017-30 May 2017. Distance: 2,915 km.

Photo gallery

You are invited to see the photos of our trip on: SmugMug

Route

  • Ribe – Esbjerg – Blåvand – Hvide Sande
  • Hvide Sand – Lyngvig Fyr – Trans – Boubjerg Fyr – Vestervig
  • Vestervig – Thy National Park – Mors Stoer – Stenbjerg Landingsplads – Nørre Vorupør
  • Nørre Vorupør -Hanstholm – Bulbjerg – Lild Strand – Børglum Kloster – Rødhus
  • Rødhus – Märup Kirke – Rudbjerg Knude – Rudbjerg Fyr – Tornby
  • Tornby – Hirtshals – Råbjerg Mile – Skagen – Saeby
  • Saeby – Hals – Mulbjerge -Mariager

Highlights of this trip

We followed to a great extent the Daisy Route (Danish: Margueritruten) an autoroute of about 3.700 km, of which we deviated regularly. In these ten days we traveled mainly in Jutland.

The highlights:

– Ribe, a beautiful old town. What is particularly striking is the use of colors. Almost Caribbean. The light was beautiful. We were there during the golden hour.

– The sculpture group Mennesket Ved Havet. Impressively high white sculptures of men who look out over the sea. Beautiful to photograph.

– The bunkers on the beach at Blåvand. An artist has put heads and tails of horses on the bunkers. It has become a beautiful setting on the beach.

– The Thy National Park, which includes a lighthouse from 1883. But also the Stenbjerg Landingsplads, here are white houses, where the fishermen once stored their tools, nets, etc. Beautiful light gave it a magic atmosphere.

– An evening, again with really beautiful light, on the small beach of Nørre Vorupør. There was a strong wind, which caused high waves. There were beautiful colourful fishing boats on the beach and the light was magical. Our cameras are not fond of sand, but we could not let this pass us.

– Near the Børglum Kloster is the Oxholm Molle. A special octagonal mill from 1857.

– The Rudbjerg Fyr, A lighthouse, which is disappearing in the sand, was probably the most beautiful place this holiday. The undergoing lighthouse with the sand dunes around it are truly spectacular. You imagine yourself in a desert.

– The Tilsandede Kirke. Just like the Rudbjerg Fyr this church began to disappear after violent sand storms in 1775.

– The beach at Mulbjerge. The coast of East Jutland is very different from the coast of West Jutland. The west and north very wild and rugged, the east friendly and some tame. This is an idyllic beach. Children caught fish with small fishing nets. A few white houses. A wooden pier that goes very far into the sea.

Travelogue

Period 20 May 2018-1 June 2018.  Distance 2,900 km.

 Route

  • Sønderborg – Fynshav – Søby – Marstal
  • Marstal – Ommels hoved – Strandby Havn – Ærokøbing
  • Ærokøbing – Marstal – Voderup Klint – Borgnaes -Skoldnaes – Søby – Faaborg
  • Faaborg – Troense – Dageløkke
  • Dageløkke – Hou – Tranekaer – Kelds Nor – Ristinge – Bagenkop
  • Bagenkop – (Lolland) Albuen – Harpelunde
  • Harpelunde – Maribo – Park van Corselitze – Stubbekøbing
  • Stubbekøbing – Møn – Fjaneford Kirke – Møns Klint
  • Møns Klint – Elmelunde Kirke, – Keltby Kirke – Stege – Ulvshale
  • Ulvshale – Nyord – Prætø – Rødvig
  • Rødvig – Stevns Klint – Slot Vallø – Kalmar – Sjølund
  • Sjølund -Christiansfeld – Aabenraa

Highlights of this trip

We continued the Margueritruten. This time the southern islands of Denmark.  All gems. The weather was Mediterranean just like last year.

The highlights:

– Sønderborg. A nice castle, beautifully situated by the water. Characteristic old trees close to the castle.

– The island Ærø. What a pretty sweet island. The whole island is a highlight. Unique are the beach huts at Marstal and at Ærøkøbing.

– The three older fishermen, Pensioners who were celebrating life in the morning with a beer at Stranby Havn on Ærø.

–  Ærøkøbing, like Ribe, colorful beautiful architecture

– The island Langeland. Like Ærø the whole island is a highlight for us. We visited the lighthouses of Hou and of Kelds Nor. Both are worthwhile visiting. The Cliff at Ristinge is quite high and style and a favorite hiking area.

– The Port of Bagenkop, colorful with the old fishing boats.

– The walk to the lighthouse of Albuen (Lolland). The lighthouse is not special, the road thereto is.

– The area at Maribo with the small lakes on the beautiful island Lolland. The Park of Corselitze is also very nice.

– The whole island Møn is a highlight, with the absolute winner this holiday the white chalk cliffs at Møns Klint. In the evening we walked on top and in the morning, we were very early at the foot of the cliff and we were there alone for several hours. A beautiful experience! It is an imposing steep coast of 7km long and a highest point of 128m (higher than Dover).

– Churches with interesting murals on Møn are the Elmelunde Kirke and the Keltby Kirke

– Nyord is a small peninsula, connected to Møn. Half-timbered houses, a beautiful octagonal church and a charming little harbor.

– Rødvig, a busy fishing site.

– Stevns Klint is more than worth visiting. The old church of Højerup of which a part of the rock is plunged into the sea, is so beautiful of simplicity. The walk from the church to the lighthouse Stevns Fyr Is impressive along the cliff.

Travelogue

Period 22 May 2019 – 31 May 2019.  Distance 2.800 km. 

Route

  • Zeeland-Wischhafen (Germany)
  • Wischhafen – Glückstadt (Ferry Elbe)-Flensburg-Randers-Mellerup
  • Mellerup – Voer (ferry)-Fjellerup-Ebeltoft
  • Ebeltoft – Helgenæs (via Mole Bjerge) – Porskar Stenhus-Skødstrup
  • Skødstrup – Kalo Ruin – Hov – Samsø (ferry)
  • Round trip Samsø
  • Samsø – Kalundborg (ferry)-Sjællands Odde-Hørby
  • Hørby-Kundby – Undløse-Gershøj
  • Gershøj – Frederiksund-Rendsburg

Highlights of this trip

We picked up the Margueritrutenin Jutland, from where we stopped in 2017.This trip we did Djursland, the island of Samsø and North Sjælland. We didn’t have as much luck with the weather as in previous years. The skies, on the other hand, were therefore very beautiful and often dramatic.

The highlights:

– Ebeltoft. We have been here many years ago and wanted to revisit the town. Many of the old half-timbered houses and old buildings have been preserved, all in the cheerful Danish colors. Ebeltoft has a nice atmosphere and we had a nice camper spot at the harbor, with a harbor master (?) who took very good care of his guests. A very nice elderly man.

– The Mol Bjerge Park. Beautiful undulating landscapes with often in the background the sea. On the islet Helgenæswe walked in the surroundings of the lighthouse. Along the beach were expansive fields of lilac/pink English grass. Mol Bjerge is a must.

Porskar Stenhus. One of the most imposing round dolmens of Denmark, with a diameter of about 20 meters.

-The walk we made at the Kalo ruinwas very worthwhile. This has previously been an imposing fortress. Again, beautiful fields with English grass.

-The island of Samsø. Not spectacular, but a friendly green island with friendly little villages. We had a beautiful camper spot in Ballen, right by the sea.

-The route from Kalundborgto Sjællands Oddewas scenic very beautiful. Hilly with beautiful vistas.

-On Sjælland We had very nice camper spots close to the sea at the port, e.g. in Hørbyand Gershøj. We really enjoyed these quiet spots.

-Beautiful churches in Kundbyand Undløse. The Undløse Kirke has beautiful mural paintings from 1430 – 1450. Special is that all people depicted have long noses.

Map of Denmark
The orange flags indicate the locations where we have taken our photos.

 

Travelogue – Spain and Portugal 2019

Sao Pedro das Cabecas

Period

14 March 2019 – 8 April 2019. Distance: 7,145 Km.

Photo gallery

A photo gallery with photos of our journey is now available on Smugmug (please click).

Route

  • Zeeland (NL) – Buchy (France, above Rouen)
  • Buchy – Mirambeau (France)
  • Mirambeau – Bordeau -Villaquiran de Los Infantes (Spain)
  • Villaquiran de Los Infantes – SalamancaValle Del Jerte – Navaconcejo
  • Novaconcejo – Coria- Valle La Vera – Losar de la Vera
  • Losar de la Vera – Villanueva de la Vera – Parque Nacional de Monfraqüe – Trujillo
  • Trujillo – Garrovillas -Valencia de Alcantera
  • Valencia de Alcantara – Marvao – Portalegre – Elvas – Olivenza Rosário (Portugal)
  • Rosário – Estremoz – Elvas – Rosário
  • Rosário – Terena – Barragem do Alvito – Viano do Alentejo
  • Viano do Alentejo – Alvito – Castro Verde
  • Castro Verde-Cuba-São Pedro das Cabecas
  • São Pedro das Cabecas – Barragem de Santa Clara-Cabo de São Vicente
  • Cabo de São Vicente-Carrapate -Villa Nove de Milfontes -Porto Covo
  • Porto Covo – São Bartolomeu da Sera – Santiago do Cacém-Porto da Carrasqueira – Comporta
  • Comporta – Peniche – Consolacao
  • Consolacao – Obidos – Nazaré -Coz
  • Coz – Aqueda – Bico
  • Bico – Bunheiro – Cortegaca – Ovar – Bico
  • Bico – Aveiro – Peso de Régua
  • Peso de Régua – Braga – Soajo
  • Soajo – Lindoso – NP da Peneda-Gerès – Santuario de NS da Lapa Soutelo – Boticas
  • Boticas – Senhora da Graca – Cascate de Figas de Ermelo- Peso de Régua
  • Peso de Régua – Pinhão – Chaves
  • Chaves – Saint Jean de Luz (France)
  • Saint Jean de Luz -Bordeau – Mayet (France)
  • Mayet -Zeeland (NL)

 Highlights of this trip

A nice journey which started in the Extremadura in Spain and then we traveled through Portugal. In Portugal we started our journey in our so beloved Alentejo region. Then towards the most southwestern point of the Iberian Peninsula, Cabo The São Vicente. Then along the Atlantic coast and partly inlands northward. And finally traversing the north of Portugal, along the river Douro, direction Spanish border (Chaves), where our journey ended. Lisbon, Porto, certain parts of the Alentejo and the Algarve we have visited in earlier years and were therefore not visited this time but of course well worth a trip.

The highlights:

Valle del Jerte. A 50 km long valley northeast of Plasencia. It is known throughout Spain for the more than one and a half million cherry trees that flourish in this period.

Valle la Vera. A beautiful valley with typical villages. We have been in Villanueva de la Vera. Many old houses with overhanging floors, resting on wooden beams. The valley lies on the southern flanks of the Sierra de Gredos.

Parc Nacional de Manfragüe. This National Park is quite beautiful. It is located at the Taag river. The fauna is special because of a large number of protected animals, such as monk vultures, black storks and eagles.

In Trujillo we made a city walk. The Plaza Mayor is nice. We drove the same day to Garrovillas, and this village has one of the most beautiful village squares in Spain.

Elvas. We visited Elvas back in 2010 and we didn’t see the charm then. Probably the wrong time. Now we found Elvas a beautiful, lively and atmospheric city. Narrow streets. The aqueduct of Elvas is the tallest in Europe. It was built in the 15thcentury and still active. We have to go back again to Elvas and take the appropriate time.

Terena is a very small village, along the road from Estremoz to Elvas. We found it very worthwhile visiting. Estremoz in miniature.

Alvito. A small town in the Alentejo. A small gem. The market is very cosy. The old town is beautiful. Some years ago, we made a Alvito of the Alentejo region and on the cover of our book is a photo of the Ermida The São Sebastião, a church with Moorish influences.

We passed Cuba. The country Cuba is high on my wish list to visit. This small town with the same name Cuba is worth a visit too. It has Cuban influences and this small town claims that  Christovão Colon (Columbus) was born here, in contradiction to the history books which say that Columbus was born in Genua.

Stunning views can be found at the São Pedro das Cabecas with a 360 degree’s view of the surrounding area. We stayed there for the night. The land owner told us the next day that this was not allowed, but he understood that we did not do it intentionally. You have enjoyed it in any case, he said.

Cabo de São Vicente. The lighthouse, the rocky coast and a beautiful sunset. We had a nice camper place for the night. Fortunately, not too many tourists, yet. A month later it is Sunset Circus.

Along the Atlantic coast we took at Carrapate a dirt road along the cliffs. This place is a paradise for the Surf Tribes. In Porto Covo, a blue-white town,with a beautiful coastline we stayed overnight.

We have visited two unique train stations in São Bartelomeu de Serra and Santiago do Cacém. We hope that the Portuguese will discover how unique these stations with tile tableaux really are and treat these stations as a national heritage.

The Cais Palafitico do Porto da Carrasqueira is a characteristic very small tidal port in the delta of the Sado River. A big storm and everything will be vanished. It is ramshackle, but a great location for photo shoots.

Obidos. This is a must of course. In 1989 we were here for the first time. Although many tourists visit Obidos throughout the year, the town is rather unspoiled and still worth a visit.

Nazaré. Beautiful beach and a beautiful old town. If you are lucky, we were not, you can see spectacular high waves close to the lighthouse. A fantastic spectacle. Nazaré is a place you must visit. Unfortunately, but rightly of course, pretty camper unfriendly.

Coz. The Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Coz is the only landmark of the village. But definitely worth a visit.

At the Aveiro Lagoon is Bico. An excellent camper spot. In the port are the typical pointed lagoon fishing boats. Aveiro, we found not that interesting, too much pimped up for tourists. Well worth the effort is the Igreja Matriz de Cortegaca in Cortegaca. The walls of the church are covered by azulejas. Also the town Ovar is worth a visit.

In Braga we visited Bom Jesus do Monte. A pilgrimage’s place. Great, but too bombastic I find.

In the National Park da Peneda-Gerês, in the villages Soajo  and Lindoso, are really wonderful groups of espiqueiros. Espiqueiros are typical maize storage sites, but also stock shed for onions, garlic, pumpkins. The National Park located on the border of Spain and Portugal is breathtakingly beautiful.

We had seen a picture of a church in a rock. After a long search we found it: Santuário The NS da Lapa Soutela. It is about 10 km west of Vieira Do Minho. It was worth a detour, not only because of the church, but also the spectacular rocks behind the church. The gigantic boulders seem to only need a small push to thunder down.

From Boticas we drove through the Serra do Alvão. A beautiful old landscape. The Rio Olo collapses through the Figas waterfall. At Cascate de Figas de Ermelo you have a nice view of the waterfall. It is a very beautiful nature area.

From Peso de Régua we drove along the Douro river to Pinhão. A beautiful town along the Douro. Also, Pinhão has a unique train station with tableaux of azuleas. In the surrounding mountains of Pinhão are beautiful viewpoints over the Douro. However, with a camper it is a challenge to get there.

Travelogue – Greece 2017

Camper travelogue – Greece the mainland

Period: 9 September 2017-10 October 2017. Distance: 7,625 KM.

Photo gallery

You are kindly invited to see the photos of our trip on:  SmugMug

Route

  •  Zeeland – Vilsberg Lorraine Les Bouleaux
  • Vilsberg – Palazzago (Italy) (we lived here for 8 years)
  • Palazzago – Ancona
  • Ancona – Manfredonia
  • Manfredonia – Bari – Igoumenitsa
  • Igoumenitsa – Ioannina
  • Ioannina – Aristi (Voimatis) – Papingo
  • Papingo – Kastoria
  • Kastoria – Agios Germanos – Agios Achilios -Psarades (Prespa Lake)
  • Psarades – Nea Moudania ( Chalkadiki)
  • Moudania – Sithonia – Thessaloniki – Paralia Korinos
  • Korinos – Mount Olympos – Kastraki (Meteora)
  • Kastraki – Volos – Kato Gatzea (Pilion)
  • Kato Gatzea – Paralia Theotokou (Liri) – Kato Gatzea
  • Kato Gatzea – Volos – Macrinitsa – Tsangarada – Agios Ioanis
  • -Agios Ioanos – Davlia (Parnassos)
  • -Davlia – Delphi
  • -Delphi – Itea – Lidoriki – Galaxidi
  • Galaxidi – Nafpaktos – Andirio – Kato Vasiliki
  • Kato Vasiliki -Messolungi – Astakos – Mikikas
  • Mikikas – Lefkada – Agios Ioannis
  • Agios Ioannis – Zalongo – Mytikas
  • Mytikas – Arta – Koronissia – Parga
  • Parga – Koravostasi – Igoumenitsa
  • Igoumenitsa – Bari- Porto Recanati
  • Porto Recanati – Saint Koningbourg – Zeeland

 

The highlights of this trip

When we are heading to southern Italy or in this case Greece we go along Palazzago, where we have lived for eight years. Returning to Greece is in itself a highlight for us. We have lived in this beautiful country for six years. When we set our feet on land it is home coming for both of us. Also, for our dogs, they are both born on Corfu.

Summary:

-the beautiful old stone bridges in the Zagori In Epirus. In 2002 we also made a walk along the Vikos Gorge. With our dogs, of which Precious is an unguided missile, it is too risky. The concrete bridge over the Voidomatis river, at Aristi, is a good place to stay.

-the surroundings of and the Prespa Lake itself. You can see Albania and North Macedonia. Three countries that embrace the lake. The islet Agios Achilios is a heaven of peace in the Prespa Lake. The islet can be reached via a long walkway. At the Prespa Lake Gigantes (large beans) are cultivated. A beautiful crop.

-the route of Korinos, passing Mount Olympos, to Meteora. The tobacco plantations along the road are special.

–  Meteora is of course magical. Visit Meteora very early, because after nine o’clock the buses come with loads of tourists. We have been there 25 years ago during winter. It remains a wonder that on these masterful rocks these magnificent monasteries are built.

-the Pelion. We enjoyed the beautiful coastlines, but certainly also the inland.  A little gem was Paralia Theotokou, where we also stayed overnight. Macrinitsa and Tsangarada are definitely worth to make a stop.

-the area around Mount Parnassos. Orchomenos, the archaeological site, the Treasury of the Mynyas and opposite the Church of Skripou. The Jerusalem monastery. Osias Lucas is a must. Unfortunately, more commercial than 25 years ago, but still special.

– Delphi, a unique archaeological site. It is so beautiful, and you can wander for hours. We have been there many times and it always fascinates.

-In Distomo we have been to the monument in memory of 232 inhabitants of this place, who were shot on 10 June 1944 by the German occupiers. On the monument the ages are mentioned. All ages are represented.

– Galaxidi. With friends and family, we have spent many weekends in Galaxidi. At Bruno in pension Ganimedes. His breakfast was world famous. Unfortunately, Bruno died and is buried in Ponte St. Pietro in Italy, near Palazzago. Galaxidi is a beautiful place.

-the Bridge over the Gulf of Korinthos at Andirio. A piece of art.

-the road from Astakos To Mitikas and Mitikas Itself.

-the remnants of the earthquake-stricken Plagia. Now a paradise for goats, geese and cats.

-the monument at Zálongo was for us both very impressive. In 1803, a group of sixty women, with their children jumped in the sea from a 700-meter-high cliff, to prevent themselves from falling into the hands of Ali Pasha’s son Veli. The story goes that the women, before they jumped, danced and sang. The Dance of Zalongo.

-the Byzantine Church at Agios Dhimitrios Katsourris. One of the more beautiful churches we have visited in Greece.

-the road to Koronissia, a long road that meanders through the Lagoon. A paradise for many birds, including herons and flamingos.

-the Country of the Souliats, A group of Albanian Orthodox Christians who populated 11 villages. What a beautiful area! So pure.

 

Fotografia – Camper Travels

On the road with our camper

In 2016 we bought our first camper. We wanted to travel together with our two dogs and be free to go and stay where it is good. Business trips to the farthest places we had made enough. Now there is finally time and space for us. Although we can’t make very long trips yet, because our very old parents need us these days. Nothing is nicer than being on the road together in our camper. Where the wind carries us. Of course, with our cameras.

The first camper we bought in 2016 was the Pössl Road Scout R. A great camper, with which we started our camper adventure. It has not disappointed us and this camper made us even more enthusiastic for “camping”.  The Road Scout was 5.40 m long. A nice entry-level model. But travelling with two dogs needed a little bit more space and therefore we have bought a new buscamper in november last year, the Pössl 2 Win R, see the featured image on top of the page. This buscamper is 6 meters long and gives us more space inside without losing the flexibility of a buscamper. We do not want a truck to step on, but a buscamper, with which we can still visit the smaller villages and are able drive on difficult paths.

Here below some precious camper memories:

Gershoj
Sjaelland, Denmark