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  • Navagio beach in Greece: best free location to see the shipwreck in Zakynthos island

    Oti overlooking the stunning Shipwreck coveOti overlooking the stunning Shipwreck cove

    You'll be impressed by the shipwreck in Navagio beach, its crystalline water and fine beaches, and Zakynthos island will be one of the highlights of your trip in Greece! Our suggestions will help you to get the most from your visit.

    We are not sure why so much accent it's put on the shipwreck, when all of the beauty of this stunning natural place is actually due to its incredible rock formation, the white sand beach and the crystal blue water. You might not believe it, but the colours of the photos are actually not retouched, the water looks seriously as turquoise as you can see in our pictures! We have never seen anything else like this in our trips around the world. The sea water is said to have this blue tone because of the sulfurcoming from the caves.

    Probably the modern popularity of the Shipwreck Cove is also due to the fact of having being for many years the main photo of Tripadvisor, the most used travel website for reviews of tours and attractions, so that even if you didn't know where was it, you have seen it regularly.

    It is possible to admire the best spot in Zakynthos Island (also known as Zante) for free from the top of the cliff, and we will tell you how, or by boat from the sea joining a tour, as we will discuss more in detail later.

    Why is it called Shipwreck beach?

    The shipwreck beach was originally named Agios Georgios, and it got its current denomination only after the MV Panagiotis ship got stranded in its white sands in 1980 while being chased by the Greek navy, they say. Supposedly its crew was trying to

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  • View of Land's End arch and cliffs in Cornwall

    Photo of the best view in Land's end with the rocky arch and the waves against the clifsPhoto of the best view in Land's end with the rocky arch and the waves against the clifs

     

    Today we were lucky to manage to hitchhike to Land's End, one of the extremities of United Kingdom in the beautifully wild region of Cornwall. Every day we are impressed more and more by the beautiful views and majestic cliffs you can see along the coastal path. Interesting fact is that there is a visitor center with parking for cars about 20 minutes walking away from here, but we were basically alone because people don't like to walk and explore, but rather to take selfies with a stick where it's written Land's End!
    It's was also a good occasion to experiment with long exposures and a variable ND filter, and this is the resulting photo. More to come!

  • Transfagarasan road in Romania seen at night

    Transfagarasan road seen at nightTransfagarasan road seen at night

    I took this photo on my second night spent camping next to Balea Lake, after hitchhiking on the Transfagarasan Road, the most known high mountain road trip in Romania. It was taken shortly after sunset as you can see from the light at the horizon. The first stars appearing at the beginning of the night created star trails because of the long exposure.
    It is actually the longest exposure I have ever taken as far as I can remember, 539.48 seconds (8 minutes 59 seconds), still exploring my possibilities with my new (but second hand) travel camera, a mirrorless Olympus Om-d E-m5 Mark II. So far super satisfied!
    If you want to to more about the area, you can read this article about the Transfagarasan highway, or this other piece about easy hikes from Balea lake or again the best hike we did around Balea Lac!

  • Hiking beyond Balea Lac and experiencing our favourite views in the Transfagarasan trip

    Spectacular view of Capra Lake while hikingSpectacular view of Capra Lake while hiking

    After experiencing the most famous road-trip in Romania, the Transfagarasan Highway, we were not expecting to be even more impressed by the hiking possibilities in the surroundings of Balea Lake! We stopped at the highest point of the road, where this high mountain crystalline basin is delighting its visitors, and camped for one night with the intention of exploring further the area.

    Camping at night in Balea LakeCamping at night in Balea Lake

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  • Hiking around Balea Lac to Capra Lake. Was it worth?

    Camping tents at the Lake of Capra with some peaks on the backgroundCamping tents at the Lake of Capra with some peaks on the background

    A multitude of amazing hiking possibility with plenty of different paths for any level, all starting from Balea Lac, are waiting to be explored if you are planning to cross the Transfagarasan highway in Romania. You'll be impressed of how much beauty you can see with so little effort, since at Balea Lac you are already close to the highest altitude you can reach in Romania!

    Visitors arriving at Balea LacVisitors arriving at Balea Lac
    In fact reaching the lake of Balea was just the beginning of our experience on the Romanian Carpathian mountain. Of course the road trip on the Transfagarasan highway was the main reason why we came here and the one from which we had the highest expectations, but we eventually had to reconsider our priorities and find out that hiking in the

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  • Road trip to Transfagarasan highway, a scenic Romanian mountain road not to be missed!

    View of the hairpin turns on the Transfagarasan road from the viewpoint in Balea LakeView of the hairpin turns on the Transfagarasan road from the viewpoint in Balea Lake

    Since the first time I visited Romania 6 years ago, I started to hear stories about this mythical road trip on the roof of Romania along the Transfagarasan Road, that every adventurous visitor shouldn't miss on his journey to Romania.

    Transfagarasan road seen at night from the viewpointTransfagarasan road seen at night from the viewpoint
    This summer we happened to be in Romania to visit Oti's family at the beginning of the summer, and the period coincided with the opening of the road, usually accessible only for 3 full months a year (July to September). Access is restricted according to snow conditions, so be sure to check if it's open before approaching the Transfagarasan.

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  • Mount Rinjani trekking: night hike and sunrise on a volcano in Indonesia

    Davide and Oti on top of Mount RinjaniDavide and Oti on top of Mount Rinjani

    Our Rinjani Trekking mini series:

    Day 1: Hiking through a Savannah like landscape

    Day 1: Camping on the ridge of the crater

    Day 2: Night hike and sunrise on the summit of Mount Rinjani

    Day 2: Reaching Lake Segara Anak and the hot springs

    Day 3-4: A beautiful forest and the second best viewpoint

    Extra: How to choose a reliable trekking
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  • Cheow Lan Lake: Kayaking surrounded by the jungle

    Our experience kayaking in Cheow Lan Lake inside Khao Sok National Park, is one of the best travel memories I have of my peregrinations not only in Thailand but around the whole world. I've been travelling almost non-stop for the last 6 years, and after having seen so many different places I rarely remain impressed of something. But Cheow Lan Lake seriously stole my soul and is now permanently added to my mental shortlist of natural wonders.

    Davide kayaking in Cheow Lan LakeDavide kayaking in Cheow Lan Lake

    It was like a natural Dolby Surround System hitting my sensory organs with omnidirectional waves, recreating symbiotically a feeling of peace and primordial stillness into my being.

    It's not only about the amazing setting, made of immense limestone cliffs abruptly raising toward the sky and totally covered in a thick layer of jungle. It's not about the still water reflecting the surroundings while Gibbons are calling in the background. It's about the vicinity to nature and the feeling of being part of the purest essence of it. It's a constant amazement and a feeling of being alive.

    We had the freedom to go kayaking wherever we wanted since we had free unlimited usage of the kayaks in our tour. With this silent floating vehicle we were able to get closer to the jungle and its inhabitants, in total respect of their environment.

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  • Gunung Rinjani trekking: camping on the ridge of the crater

    Sunset view from our tent on the ridge of Mount RinjaniSunset view from our tent on the ridge of Mount Rinjani

    Our Rinjani Trekking mini series:

    Day 1: Hiking through a Savannah like landscape

    Day 1: Camping on the ridge of the crater

    Day 2: Night hike and sunrise on the summit of Mount Rinjani

    Day 2: Reaching Lake Segara Anak and the hot springs

    Day 3-4: A beautiful forest and the second best viewpoint

    Extra: How to choose a
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  • Rinjani Trekking: forest and viewpoint of the Indonesian volcano

    Rolling hills at the feet of Mount RinjaniRolling hills at the feet of Mount Rinjani

     

    Our Rinjani Trekking mini series:

    Day 1: Hiking through a Savannah like landscape

    Day 1: Camping on the ridge of the crater

    Day 2: Night hike and sunrise on the summit of Mount Rinjani

    Day 2: Reaching Lake Segara Anak and the hot springs

    Day 3-4: A beautiful forest and the second best viewpoint

    Extra: How to choose a reliable trekking
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  • Visiting Boh tea plantation and hiking in Cameron Highlands

    Vibrant tea hills rest in perfect silenceVibrant tea hills rest in perfect silenceOn our day 2 of Cameron Highlands we went hiking through the jungle reaching the top of the scenic Gunung Brinchang, we penetrated inside the fairyland of the enchanted mossy forest, and got lost and hungry in the endless labyrinth of the BOH tea plantations. An adventure day full of good vibes and magnificent landscapes as far as our eyes could see.

    Charlie and the trail no.1

     

    A blue hazy day on Brinchang MountainA blue hazy day on Brinchang MountainWe met Charlie from USA in the morning of our day two in Cameroon Highlands, in our hitchhiked car outside Tanah Rata on the road to Brinchang. He was picked up by the same car few hundred meters earlier. He was going to do the same hike on the popular trail number 1, just like us, so he cheerfully decided we should go together.

  • Mount Rinjani trekking: hiking through a Savannah like landscape

    A porter hiking towards the summit of Mount RinjaniA porter hiking towards the summit of Mount Rinjani

     

    Our Rinjani Trekking mini series:

    Day 1: Hiking through a Savannah like landscape

    Day 1: Camping on the ridge of the crater

    Day 2: Night hike and sunrise on the summit of Mount Rinjani

    Day 2: Reaching Lake Segara Anak and the hot springs

    Day 3-4: A beautiful forest and the second best viewpoint

    Extra: How to choose a reliable trekking
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  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: hot springs and crater Lake Segara Anak

    View of the hotspring next to Segara Anak lake in Mount RinjaniView of the hotspring next to Segara Anak lake in Mount Rinjani

    Our Rinjani Trekking mini series:

    Day 1: Hiking through a Savannah like landscape

    Day 1: Camping on the ridge of the crater

    Day 2: Night hike and sunrise on the summit of Mount Rinjani

    Day 2: Reaching Lake Segara Anak and the hot springs

    Day 3-4: A beautiful forest and the second best viewpoint

    Extra: How to choose a
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  • Cheow Lan Lake: Wildlife spotting and guided kayak tour

    After 2 days passed in Kao Shok National Park, with the second one spent mostly kayaking in Cheow Lan Lake, in a continuous amazement, before exploring a local caveand some of the jungle, it was time to welcome our last day in this unforgettable settings.

    Davide and Oti enjoying the longtail boat ride on Cheow Lan LakeDavide and Oti enjoying the longtail boat ride on Cheow Lan Lake

    Sunrise call for Wildlife spotting in Cheow Lan Lake

    The still but animated jungle offering shelter to many animal species was awakening to another day of life.

    We woke up deeply rested and relaxed while listening to the not too far away call of the Gibbons, functioning as a natural alarm in the jungle.
    We got ready and before breakfast we went for our first activity, wildlife spotting. It was planned as early as possible with departure at 7 am to maximize our chances of having a glimpse of local fauna.

    Cheow Lan Lake: Jungle trekking and cave exploration

    On the bamboo raft next to the ranger campOn the bamboo raft next to the ranger camp

    After our free time kayaking on the lake was finished, it was time for a planned activity of our visit to Cheow Lan Lake, jungle trekking and cave exploration. Transported by our longtail boat, permanently anchored in its sleepy mood next to the platform waiting to be awaken to bring us around, we reached the starting point of the hike in around 10 minutes, totally soaked by a the second storm of the day. We luckily had our own rain gear with us, and the other guests of the tour were lucky enough to be provided by our organized guide.

    Longtail boat ride under a Monsonic stormLongtail boat ride under a Monsonic storm

  • Cheow Lan Lake: our stay in floating rafts

    Our stay in the floating rafthouse on Cheow Lan Lake was the first experience of this kind for us, and we were so happy to have the possibility to live on the water for one day and go kayaking whenever we wanted.

    Plen prai raft house floating on Cheow Lan LakePlen prai raft house floating on Cheow Lan Lake

    After our first day passed at Art's Riverview Jungle Lodge, next to Khao Sok National Park visitor center, we checked out from our accommodation and jumped in the unexpectedly luxurious van that “Limestone Lake Rainforest Tours” sent for us perfectly in time.

    The fancy van that picked us up in Khao Sok National ParkThe fancy van that picked us up in Khao Sok National Park

    We were amazed, but the amazement grew higher and higher while we were going further, it looked like there was no limit to the level of beauty it could reach.

    We drove just a short way over the other side of the river,to pick up the

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  • Cheow Lan Lake: flora, fauna, facts and legends amid the cliffs

    Cheow Lan Lake is a place of impressive beauty, where karst cliffs as high as 960 meters (3150 feet) and totally covered in luxurious vegetation, are protruding out of the water creating a dreamland environment. That's about 3 times as high as the world famous rock formations in Phang Nga!
    It is located not far from Surat Thani in the south of Peninsular Thailand, and it is a quite popular destination since it's easily accessible from Pukhet, Railey beach, Phang Nga itself and several islands.
    Cheow Lan Lake is an artificial reservoir created in 1982 by halting the flow of Paseang River (also known as Khlong Saeng) to provide Electric power to Surat Thani and south of Thailand.

    One of the peaks in Cheow Lan Lake submerged by the reservoirOne of the peaks in Cheow Lan Lake submerged by the reservoir

    Environmental impact of Ratchaprabha Dam

    It's always a big question mark if the creation of a new dam is beneficial for the environment or not, and it cannot be answered with a generic reply. Hydroelectric power is one of the cleanest energy source we have, and can cater energy for several hundred thousands people, so indirectly protecting the environment from further exploitation, and thus reducing emission and pollution.
    At the same time the previous ecosystem, as it was the case of Cheow Lan Valley, is changed for ever and so it is the life of its human and non human inhabitant. We don't know if to consider good or not the environmental change provoked, since we have no knowledge of any ...

  • Cheow Lan Lake: prices and info to visit independently

    Davide enjoing his free kayak in Cheow Lan LakeDavide enjoing his free kayak in Cheow Lan Lake

    To experience Cheow Lan Lake, you don't have to join a prepackaged company tour if you can't afford it, it is possible to organize the trip independently.
    We were lucky to be invited by “Limestone Lake Rainforest Tours” to join their organized trip and their two other guests, so that we didn't have to worry about anything, but if you are really on a budget and you prefer to arrange the trip by yourself, there are some options available also for you.
    But before going, make sure to give some calls asking for the most recent prices, eternally changing, and to do some calculations to understand if it's worth the saving.

    One of the floating raft houses in the lakeOne of the floating raft

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  • Cameron Highlands: exploring Tanah Rata and its tea plantations

    The beautiful panorama of the BOH tea plantationsThe beautiful panorama of the BOH tea plantations

     “Cameron Highlands” is the most recommended destination on the lips of the busy people of Kuala Lumpur as well as the favorite weekend getaway for the more chilled citizens of artsy Penang. Here, the local tourists come to experience spring, at an average temperature of 20 degrees, but also to balance their dusty buzzing city life with the country side of the ever green rolling hills, the birth land of strawberries, flower farms, and famous tea estates.

    Famous Malaysian Tea PlantationFamous Malaysian Tea Plantation

    The place was discovered during British occupation in 1885 and inspired the Brits to develop the area into orchards, tea plantations, nurseries, as well as resorts, golf courses and other touristic attractions. Here the visitor gets the chance to see

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  • Great Hornbill in Langkawi! I finally made it!

    Great Hornbill in LangkawiGreat Hornbill in Langkawi

    It has been a long quest, from the rain forest of Borneo to the oldest forest of the world in Malaysia, but eventually I've made it!

    I managed to spot 5 exemplars of Great Hornbills on top of a tree just a few meters away from me, in Langkawi Island. While the island is still covered in jungle, it is not pristine as other national parks, so I wasn't expecting it to happen here. But when hope was starting to fade out, eventually this huge mythological bird showed up!

    And once in a while I have to be proud of myself and in particular of my persistence. Because of the very bad haze, all outdoor activities were forbidden for 2 days by the Malaysian authorities, so that all of our plans had to change.

    Despite this I decided to climb the highest peak of the island (Not a big deal at 880 meters) on my own, Oti wanted to stay home, she didn't feel like inhaling the harmful gases to have no visibility and view whatsoever.

    After hitchhiking to the start of the trail, I started to climb the 4200 steps to the top. It took me 1 hour 20 minutes instead of the 2 hours 15 minutes suggested, despite I had to do 5 stops and I took it easy. I climbed with my Totobobo mask to filter the pollutant, but it's not the easiest task to hike with an anti-pollution mask, since the body needs more oxygen, while the mask is limiting its intake. So I had to slow down and take regular stops to breath more deeply.

    It was 94% umidity, and my

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 Where are we now: England

 Going to:  Wales, Scotland

View of Land's End arch and cliffs in Cornwall

  Today we were lucky to manage to hitchhike to Land's End, one of the extremities of U ...

Transfagarasan road in Romania seen at night

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Fireworks in front of Castel San'Angelo in Rome

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Portrait of a local woman in a traditional Indoensian village

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Sunrise in Jatiluwih rice fields in Bali

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Sunset between the clouds in Gunung Lawu, Indonesia

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A magic place in Kefalonia island: Melissani cave

We still have so many amazing places to write about, but time is not always our friend. Last ...

Sunset in Kasongan, Indonesia: red explosion

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