A week in Amsterdam

2016-07-27 at 16:00

Dee, Jouke and Gerben where in Amsterdam. And I could squeeze a week in. So it was off to Amsterdam once again. They had a caravan on a small camp ground about 8 kilometres from Amsterdam Centraal. Great to do this with my bike!

The Deutsche Bahn BS

So I went online and looked for a train that will get me from Stuttgart to Amsterdam with my bike. There is a little box to click if you want to travel with your bicycle. Great. Now to get there in the afternoon with the bike it was only one nice option. 6 different trains on the way to Amsterdam and 5 different trains on the way back to Stuttgart. Really??
Well I did book and wanted to pay the 98€ but you can not print that ticket and they do not send it to the App as well. They only send you a paper ticket for another 3,90€.
After I booked I was not sure where my bike was on the ticket so I did email Deutsche Bahn. Turns out you can NOT book the bike online. You have to call them or go to the station. So I went to the station only to find out that 2 of the trains where full and I can only travel without the bike! WTF??
The woman at the counter was looking into her computer to tell me that but I can not book it from home? Why is there this stupid box and nobody tell me that I can not book it from home? Grrrrrrrr. Of course I can not give back the ticket for free as well. So train hopping it was.

Deutsche Bahn
The first train – never been in one of those but really comfortable and a lot of space. They should have more of them!

Deutsche Bahn
This one was quite boring but OK with a lot of space

Deutsche Bahn
The next one: not to bad but full.

Along the river Rhein
Along the river Rhein. Might be the best part in the German rail system. I love to go along that river valley and look for castles and dart through the small villages.

Along the river Rhein
Since there is not a lot of space between the river and the hill the tracks cut right through the little villages.

Along the river Rhein
Lots of cruise ships on the Rhine.

Along the river Rhein
And lots of castles on the hills. This one does look like it will fall soon? Strange!

Along the river Rhein

Deutsche Bahn
The last German train for today. It will bring me over the border. No way somebody with a lot of luggage would have made it since there where only minutes in between.

Dutch Railway
Not a lot of space for fat people in the Dutch train. But free WiFi!

Dutch Railway
The last train for today – right into Amsterdam Centraal

Amsterdam
Slowly they sink into the water

Amsterdam Taxi
OK – this is a 80.000€ plus Taxi. Sure we have a lot of E Class and some S Class Mercedes cabs on the road. But I never saw a Tesla Taxi. And on that day alone I did see 7 more. Turns out that they have a total exemption of the registration fee and road taxes for 5 years if you have a corporation. Saves you about 19.000€. Charging and parking in Amsterdam is free for you at the charging stations. Plus an extra subsidy of 5.000€ if the car will be a Taxi. Plus there are reserved parking spots and if you have your flat in Amsterdam that could save you a 10 year wait for a spot if you have an electric car. Makes sense – a lot!

At the Campground
Walked to the market where the guys did sell today. Helped to get everything in the van and we where off to the camp ground. A very small place only a few kilometres away from the city center. In the far distance you could see the light of the cars on the highway but it was quite and green. And only a hand full of other campers – great!

Gerben & Jouke
Gerben & Jouke

On a ferry
We took a small trip on their free day to see some country side – took this picture on a one car ferry – 2€ one way.

Happy Dee
Dee got a new kitchen machine and was so happy. Somehow she likes to work in front of the door so it gets tricky to get into the camper.

My morning cup o Joe
My morning cup o Joe. The gang left quite early every morning – way to early for me. I did sleep, had some breakfast and a second cup of coffee with my emails. After that it was time to shower and get dressed. I walked a few different routes towards the inner city and took a few ferries over the water. That way it never got boring. Took me about 60-80 minutes to reach the train station or one of the markets.

Cool BMW
Cool BMW

On the way to the ferry
On the way to the ferry

Old Peugeot 203
Old Peugeot 203

Old Peugeot 203

Old Peugeot 203

Old Peugeot 203

On the ferry to Amsterdam Centraal
On the ferry to Amsterdam Centraal

 
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Up to the Torre Nova des Cap Vermell

2016-07-20 at 17:05

Good Morning! Up from my mattress on the floor and to the window. Open the curtain and:
View from the hotel in Canyamel
Well – another gray morning 🙁

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The boys are still sleeping – time to shower and make some coffee and my breakfast.
After they came back from their breakfast the clouds where gone so we decided to go up to the Torre Nova des Cap Vermell. It is and old observation tower above the village that dates back to 1577. At last that is what they say up at the tower. You have a great view on both sites over the sea as well as into the land.

Canyamel Bay
Canyamel bay from above

Canyamel beach
Canyamel beach

Up to the Torre Nova des Cap Vermell

On the rocks
Actually there is a nice walking path from the village. But since we hiked the Torrent de Pareis the other day – we took the rocky option

Up to the Torre Nova des Cap Vermell

Canyamel
You can see the Tennis court behind our hotel on the left. The hotel is the blue stripe in front.

Torre Nova des Cap Vermell

Torre Nova des Cap Vermell
View to the other site

Torre Nova des Cap Vermell

Canyamel

 
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Hiking the Torrent de Pareis in Majorca

2016-07-19 at 17:11

Wolfgang Weiss is a longtime resident of Mallorca and is the founder and managing director of the agency Viatges Unics SL, which specialises in outdoor adventure holidays and group travel. He said about the Torrent de Pareis:
The famous Torrent de Pareis is a wild and rocky canyon in the Tramuntana, which can be hiked either downwards or upwards, or indeed in both directions. There are some demanding sections in there and needs about 4-5 hours hiking each way through an impressive landscape.
An ideal itinerary would be arriving by public transport from Soller at the starting point Escorca, hiking down the 680m of difference.
Then enjoy a snack and drink at the bar down there in Sa Calobra and catch the boat back to Port Soller. It’s especially nice in the warmer months, as it is mainly in the shade and you can enjoy a swim after the hike.
The walk itself could be called “alpine”, since the path leads over rugged rocks and requires proper equipment and experience.

And so do many others. Well that sounds exactly as if this was made for us! Having only sneakers and wearing our city outfit we took our little car to the start of the hike. There is parking a few meters before the restaurant in Escorca. You can take a bus in the morning from Lluc to Escorca if you prefer public transport.

Torrent de Pareis Trail

Bear in mind that the hike is more difficult on the way down. There are a few passages where you have to climb down. One of them is super narrow but there is a rope. Do not do that when it is wet or about to rain. You will not enjoy slippery rocks on your way down or up. And it is not a Sunday walk – you should be fit or clever enough to know when you should turn back again. We did try this a few years ago but it did start to rain so we had to try again.

Torrent de Pareis Trail
Schwarz had to fix this arch before we could head down into the valley.

Torrent de Pareis Trail
The first part of the trek is down an easy walk with trees and later tall grass. Finally you reach the rocky bit where things get a bit more challenging.

Torrent de Pareis Trail
Lots of climbing over rocks – big and small.

Torrent de Pareis Trail

Torrent de Pareis Trail
Can you imagine the power of the water??

Torrent de Pareis Trail

Torrent de Pareis Trail

Torrent de Pareis Trail

Torrent de Pareis Trail

Torrent de Pareis

Torrent de Pareis
It does look easy but you have to find a way to get down. Dr. Daniel is quite small and many times he did choose a different path since I have a different reach.

Torrent de Pareis Trail
At one point it was my turn to carry the bag-pack. Dr. Daniel did not want to risk his phone so he gave it to me. There was only one spot on the trip where I had to throw the bag down and there was one of the little pools with water. And sure enough the bag hit the ground next to the pool only to turn in slow motion and sink into the water. To bad for the phone and our snacks.

Torrent de Pareis
On some difficult parts nice people did install a rope. On some parts idiots did steal it. Most of the local guides do recommend that you bring a 10 metres rope yourself.

Torrent de Pareis
See Dr. Daniel walking from right to left?

Torrent de Pareis

Torrent de Pareis
Baby King of the Mountain. You see them climb but you can not understand how they do it.

Torrent de Pareis

Torrent de Pareis
Almost at the ocean again. We where lucky – had only a few drips but a few times it did look like rain. Found a nice couple from Holland that where down where you have to climb that last steep part. They offered us a ride up to the car. Thank you Dutchland! Did any of you ever met an idiot from Holland? I think it is illegal for them to leave the country.

Walk Data

Distance: 8,7 km
Min. Altitude 56m
Max Altitude 642m
Ascent 330m
Descent 915m
Alt Change -585m

Torrent de Pareis
Back at our beach we had a storm like wind with big waves and about 40 guys with boards. Word travels fast on a small island.

A week in Majorca

2016-07-10 at 11:45

2 friends where off for a week to Majorca and invited me to tag along. You only have to pay the flight! Weee – tempting! So I did for out 10.000 miles and a few € and had my ticket. Wanted to fly with the same plane to save the bus commute to the north of the island. Early! Very Early!

Airport Stuttgart - Mallorca
Airport Stuttgart – way to early for my but here we are. Ready to board!

Sunrise at Stuttgart Airport
Sunrise at Stuttgart Airport – looks like it will be a sunny day

Somewhere from the plane
Somewhere on the way – still snow?

Beach Beer
The Beach Beer – you must have one to celebrate. Notice the sky – blue and sunny in Stuttgart and gray and cold here?

Finally Sunshine
Finally Sunshine

Fresh cleaned beach
Fresh cleaned beach – needs some improvement if you ask me

Gone Fishing
Gone Fishing

Sad place to be
Sad place to be – said the tree

The kitchen
The kitchen in our apartment. On the web site you can book and 2 or 3 people do cost the same. But if you are showing up and you are 3 they rob you. I had to pay 20€ more – not for the week! For every day. I was not happy – why like this? The Place? Aparthotel Canyamel Sun in Canyamel. On top of that you have to pay for WiFi and you can only have 2 devices online. So we had to pay 2 times since we had 3 phones and I had my MacBook with me. I would say 3rd world but over there – WiFi is free and everywhere.

My 20€ a night bed
My 20€ a night bed

Happy Dr. Daniel
Happy Dr. Daniel

Street Art
Street Art in Palma

Dark clouds over Palma
Dark clouds over Palma

Morning view
Morning view from the room – with the power of the net I was able to check the weather back home. Blue sky and warm. Wrong week!

Blue sky again!
Blue sky again!

There is a small river leading to the beach with lots of different birds
There is a small river leading to the beach with lots of different birds

 
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