I was very lucky to get the advise to go there from very nice neighbors at home. I appreciate that I was given the chance to visit this nice place. I would stayed longer if I only could.
Strolling at the V-Wall in Nambucca Heads NSW
I enjoyed it very much just to stroll on this path, looking at the graffiti on the stones, watching the waves and the wonderful colour of the the water till I reach the final lookout at Wellington Rock.
Beach at Wellington Rock
I enjoyed once more, what I liked so much in Australia. Meeting friendly people, talking about our travels, where they come frome, where they have been and what they are up to.
Dick puts a second layer on his picture
And there is the spontaneous gesture to share the paint, so I could get my mark on a rock.
only a small mark
I only had time to paint a little triangle, but Dick suggested to me, he would put my name on, as the yellow colour would be dry. Thanks.
wind blew color on hand and arm
It was very windy, so had trouble to get the rock painted instead of my body and my clothes.
Bay of Nambucca Heads NSW
Some travellers put a lot of effort to get an lasting impression on the rocks.
some remember their anniversary
Australians love to tour their continent. Well, there is a lot to see, nature, animals, beaches.
touring the continent with a camper
Certainly some Germans have been almost everywhere. I was not surprised.
Germans have been here before
On a sunny day like this, you can enjoy staying at the Albatross village and take a kajak tour on the lake behind the path.
relaxing holiday village with a little lake
On sunset the pelicans started to get closer to the beach, sitting on a lamp or just fly some circles in the fine air.
in the evening the pelicans start to fly
I enjoyed watching these birds, being so close. So I could even get a video done.
I stayed in New Zealand for the first time in my life. And for my short visit I made a perfect choice. I decided to stay at a private home north of the capital of Auckland.
home in Beach Haven
Located in Beach Heaven about 33 km north of the International Airport I found the big home of Patrick and Gina in the vicinity of the ocean.
At first I planned to get with public transportation there, but then decided to rent a car for two days. And my choice was Jucy who picked me up with their shuttle from the international terminal. About my positive experience with Jucy I will continue to report.
the jucy car in front of the small rent a car station
As I drove for the first time a car with the driving seat on the right side, it took me a longer to get there. When i finally got there, the view from the house was stunning and I appreciated a lot to stay there.
view from my airbnb residence
Even the view was tropic, it was much to cold for the pool. The temperature was only 9 degrees.
It was far to cold for the pool
Outside and inside my hosts had created a very cozy atmosphere. See more on airbnb.
lemontree in the garden
The bright colors of the outside where present as well inside the house. I stayed in a very nice bright room.
a cozy room with a nice bed
There was enough space in the house for guests. I could have used the living and tv room, but I wanted to see more from the city during my vist.
Beach Haven living and TV room
I was lucky to have Patrick as a host and his pleasure to drink good coffee. I could drink the fine coffee from the Swiss Jury coffeemachine. It was the best I had on my entire trip so far.
Beach Haven kitchen
Unfortunately, my time there was too short to spend more time with my friendly host. The Frenchman Patrick has told me a lot, how to live as a foreigner in New Zealand. His Patnerin Gina had already 20 years ago emigrated from Serbia to New Zealand to work as a vet. She talked with me, how New Zealand was without any cafe or international community in the early years. I thank you both for the nice stay.
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Ein großzügiges Eigenheim in Beach Heaven rund 33 km vom International Flughafen entfernt war mein Ziel.
Zuerst wollte ich dort mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln fahren, habe mich dann doch entschlossen für zwei Tage einen Mietwagen zu mieten. Und meine Wahl viel auf Jucy, die haben mich mit ihrem Shuttle vom internationalen Terminal abgeholt. Über meine guten Erfahrungen mit Jucy werde ich noch weiter berichten.
mein Mietwagen vor der kleinen Station
Diesmal bin ich zum ersten Mal mit einem rechtsgelenkten Auto gefahren. Deshalb habe ich etwas länger gebraucht, um anzukommen. Dann war aber die Aussicht bei der Ankunft wie aus dem Bilderbuch.
toller Ausblick von meiner airbnb Unterkunft
Da konnte ich vergessen, dass es nur 9 Grad warum war. Doch für den Pool war dies doch entschiedend zu kalt.
es war entscheidend zu kalt für den schönen Pool
Draussen wie drinnen haben meine Gastgeber Patrick und Gina eine angenehme Atmosphäre geschaffen. Zu sehen auch auf airbnb.
Zitronenbaum im Garten
Der Zitronenbaum draussen war genauso farbenfroh, wie mein Zimmer drinnen.
gemütliches Zimmer mit sehr bequemen Bett
Das Wohn- und Fernsehzimmer hätte ich nutzen können, doch ich wollte in der wenigen Zeit doch etwas von der Umgebungs sehen.
Beach Haven Wohn- und Fernsehzimmer
Meine gemütliche Herberge hat Dank Patricks Faible für guten Kaffee die beste Kaffeemaschine meiner Reise. Die super Jura Maschine hat mir herrlichen Kaffee bereitet.
Beach Haven Küche
Leider war meine Zeit dort zu kurz, um viel Zeit mit meinen Gastgebern mehr Zeit zu verbringen. Der Franzose Patrick hat mir einiges erzählt, wie man als Ausländer in Neuseeland lebt. Seine Partnerin Gina war schon 20 Jahre zuvor aus Serbien nach Neuseeland ausgewandert, um als Tierärztin zu arbeiten. Ich danke für den schönen Aufenthalt.
Thursday August 27th, 2015
by Wolfram Mechelke 1 Comment
To see Tokyo from a skyscraper perspective is really an exciting experience.
Skyscraper in the vicinity of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
the center of Tokyo from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
A fascinating view on the japanese metropolis you get in the third highest building of the city for free. The government of the Tokyo Prefecture invites tourists from all over the world to see the skyline from above.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is ranking 3rd in Tokyo with an altitude of 243,3 m
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildung in Shinjuku quarter was opened in 1991 after a construction time of three years. The cost of the building were in total 157 Mrd. ¥, the equivalent of one billion euro.
In the meantime it is ranking third among the highest buildings of Tokyo. It has 48 floors and is 243,4 meters high. It is a very impressive building. You get with a very fast elevator to the 45th floor, where you have a sightseeing panorama in both towers.
Huge communications installations above the visitors plattform at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
Above the visitors floor giant communications installations are attached to the building. The true dimension of the installations you get with camera getting close.
the closeup reveals the real dimension of the installations
Once you reach the visitor floor, you will be welcomed by voluntary tourist guides, explaining the sight of the city in english.
voluntary tourist guides explain the skyline of Tokyo
I visited the Southern Tower and there you can see at first on the left side, the tallest building in the city, the Tokyo Skytree. This telecommunications tower was completed in 2012 and at present with 634 meters, it is currently the second tallest building in the world.
Aircrafts approaching the NARITA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT fly almost the flight level of the skyscrapers.
Aircraft heading towards Narita International Airport
The once holy island of Itsukushima (厳島) is popularly known as Miyajima (宮島).
In the past it was not allowed to be born or to die there. Both was concidered unproper for the holy island.
The Gate (Torii) and the Itsukushima Shrine
The island is one of the most beautiful landscapes of Japan and the Torii of the Itsukushima Shrine is a famous landmark of Japan. At high tide the Torii stands in the water. A Torii marks the entrance of a shrine. The Shinto shrine belongs since 1996 Itsukushima UNESCO-Worldheritage. The shrine has existed since the 6th century and was built in its present form in the 12th century under General Taira no Kiyomori.
tourists on route to the torii of the Itsukushima Shinto Schrine
Many tourists stroll to the gate at low tide. The shrine is one of the most exclusives spots to get married on traditional japanese rites.
Torii of the Itsukushima Shrine low tide
From Hiroshima you can get on a train and then get on the JR ferry. If you travel with a Japan Rail pass, the train and ferry are for free.
Ferry of the JR line going to Miyajima
At your arrival you get good information at the counter of the local Tourist Information.
friendly and helpful staff at the Tourist Information
At the promenade you will encounter beautiful deers everywhere.
street deers get food
But tourist get good food as well. There is a big variety of dishes available. But only if you pay cash.
a big menu with a lot of image of a vast variety of meals
If you have enough time, you can a the top of the island with the Miyajima Ropeway.
view out of the cabin
The cabins bring you up Mount Misen and you can a panoramic view on the Hiroshima Bay.
View of the Hiroshima Bay from Miyajima
On my way back to Hiroshima I met a group of nice sisters on the train. They had much fun on their daytrip to Miyajima.
5 sisters from Kagoshima on a daytrip to Miyajima island
Sunday August 23rd, 2015
by Wolfram Mechelke 6 Comments
Prior to my arrival in Japan, it was clear to me that I would stay in a Japanese private home. I had rather thought of a typical Japanese apartment with futon on the floor. I knew I would try to find an accomodation with Airbnb. I looked only at ads with instant booking, as I am a late booking a room for the night. So I had to leave the vicinity of the Tokio airports to find such accommodation, however it was but more american than I had anticipated. There was a large bed instead of the mat on the floor, a cozy living room with a couch and coffee table. I was very pleased to stay there.
comfort for europeans
my room at Yukiko’s house
space to chill
small but cozy
working on the post in the living room
samples of western china
Kyoto is full of foreigners. So I looked for a room outside the city. Otsu you can reach after two trainstops. You might be the only tourist on this local train and you will not meet many englishspeaking japanese.
I was glad that my host Yukiko was a very friendly japanese woman, speaking an excellent english, due to her marriage with english native speaker. Our conversation was cheerful and pleasant. On the same day another traveller from Brazil arrived late, so we were surprised about the very warm invitation for dinner at a typical japanese restaurant. This evening will be remembered as one of the best of my journey.
many dishes at our invitation
The possibility of meeting new people is far greater in such a location as in a typical hotel or guesthouse, where everybody stays for himself. I liked the good atmosphere as I got acquainted with a group from Taiwan. We went to Kyoto together.
family tour to Kyoto
joint effort to get a ticket
And most grateful I was to meet Rachel Heller, an inspiring blogger from the Netherlands. She gave me very valuable new clues how to make my blog bilingual.
Blogger meet and exchange experience
Rachel Heller covers Japan and other parts of Asia with style. Her blog has been awarded. She has posted a fine post about the rule to enter the house without shoes. You can find her post on rachelheller.org: a-bumbling-fool-in-japan a post where to wear shoes and which ones in a japanese house.
Being on route for a long time, you appreciate the little daily things in life. To be able to make just a coffee or tea or making a sandwich is very helpful. We could use all of Yukikos kitchen and her laundry machine. I could clean all my belongings and I had everything fresh when I left.
everything clean again
For me this was the perfect Traveller Meeting Point in the Japanese suburb.