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Villa Ludwigshöhe

Monday April 2nd, 2018
by Wolfram Mechelke
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Best viewpoints of the Palatinate region – the balcony of the royal villa “Ludwigshöhe”

In the springtime the tourists start to come to the vineyards around the villa “Ludwigshöhe”.

 Strollers roam vineyards near the Villa Ludwigshöhe

Hiking in the vineyard

In 1845 King Ludwig I of Bavaria commissioned the construction of a summer residence in the Palatine homeland of his father Maximilian I of Bavaria. Vineyards were acquired above the municipalities of Edenkoben and Rhodt and construction began in 1846. The Palatinate belonged since 1816 to Bavaria.

According to the plans of his architect Friedrich Wilhelm Gärtner, a villa in Roman style with an interior atrium was built. The king was a frequent guest in Italy and loved Italian art. Accordingly, the representative rooms of the building were furnished with typical Pompeian murals.
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ICE Train German Rail

Thursday March 1st, 2018
by Wolfram Mechelke
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How to travel cheaper with long distance fast trains as ICE with german rail

If you come to Frankfurt Airport from a distant country and you would like to travel to other german cities with the train,
you might be surprised how costly that could be.

Taking a fast long distance train – ICE (Inter City Express) is the fastest way to get you around, sometimes faster as a car.
But you can easily spend up to 100 Euro on a train ticket, if you do not know how to save money.
The German Rail (Deutsche Bahn) offers savers on every route. But the access is limited.
Thus you have to book the train ahead. Three days before the ride you’ll still find seats.

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Fishing at the V-Wall Nambucca Heads NSW

Thursday September 24th, 2015
by Wolfram Mechelke
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Australia Nambucca Heads – visiting the v-wall

Fishing at the V-Wall Nambucca Heads NSW

Fishing at the V-Wall Nambucca Heads NSW

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bay of Nambucca Heads NSW

Some travellers put a lot of effort to get an lasting impression on the rocks.

some remember their anniversary

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

touring the continent with a camper

Certainly some Germans have been almost everywhere. I was not surprised.

Germans have been here before

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

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

in the evening the pelicans start to fly

I enjoyed watching these birds, being so close. So I could even get a video done.

Friday August 28th, 2015
by Wolfram Mechelke
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New Zealand Auckland – airbnb staying with Patrick & Gina

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.




Thursday August 27th, 2015
by Wolfram Mechelke
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Tokyo from the sky – a visit to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

To see Tokyo from a skyscraper perspective is really an exciting experience.

Skyscraper in the vicinity of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Skyscraper in the vicinity of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

the center of Tokyo from the 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 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

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

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

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

Aircraft heading towards Narita International Airport

You can watch this event with a sight on the city center in a short video clip.

Towards the south west with mount fuji in a visible distance buildings are much smaller.

looking southwest towards Mount Fuji the buildings get a lot smaller

looking southwest towards Mount Fuji the buildings get a lot smaller

How to get to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildung ? The fastest is the Tokyo Metro System. It can be very interesting to take a ride. But that’s another story.