Normally I travel pretty far for celebrating my birthday and this year I planned to be in Moldova – but because of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic travel restrictions applied and social distancing became a pure necessity. At least I wanted to get away from home and decided to wake up at the sea, the Baltic Sea to be precise. Therefore, I booked a cube at the southern beach of Eckernförde near Kiel, Germany.Continue reading “Relaxing on the beach”
The Cala Monte Turnu beach is a sandy beach at Castiadas, Italy – in the southeast of Sardegna, named after the mountain next to it. After a very short steep section it is pretty flat and good suitable for children. You’ll find parasols, sunloungers and a beach bar there, but you can also rent a boat or join a boat tour. Continue reading “Cala Monte Turnu”
If you leave Haifa and drive through the Carmel tunnels (with the craziest interchange in the mountains I’ve ever seen; where the roads 23 and the 672 meet) you come to an area close to the sea. At first you’ll see a technology park with all tech giants also known in Europe gathered. But behind this at the shore there is a wonderful beach.
During some times of the year the weather conditions at the Mediterranean sea aren’t well enough for swimming (unimaginable but true). In these times the people go to the Sea of Galilee, 200 meters below sea level in a different climate zone. The main city is Tiberias built up into the mountains. As there is no beach in the city, where can you cool down in the waters?
The Dead Sea is a lake 400 m below sea level – the lowest point of the world. It is kind of a different climate zone and as everybody has heard of – it has very special water conditions. The lake has a very high salinity (28-33 %) and the bottom seems to consist of pure salt. The water is brought in by river Jordan and there is no outflow; the water simply evaporates here.
A lot of songs have been sung about these two beaches in the Zona Sul de Rio de Janeiro, both only divided by the Forte do Copacabana. Remember The Girl from Ipanema? The areas are in the rich south of Rio and are touristic zones secured by the police. If you don’t have your hotel here (might be better, cause the prices in the area are a bad joke) – the metro is running all along Copacabana and for Ipanema you can go to the terminus General Orsório.
The history of Ilha Grande – an island 150 km west of Rio de Janeiro – is somehow dark and contrasts heavily to its current beauty. First, the island was the Brazilian equivalent to Ellis Island; European emigrants had to stay on the island before coming into the country. Later the island became a sick bay in time of Leprosy and until 20 years ago: A high security prison.
When the people of São Paulo need a break from their city they often travel to one place: Ilhabela. It is an island located only some minutes (approximately 7 km) by ferry from São Sebastião. How many people go there in summertime can be easily seen when you follow the waiting line for the ferry boat: It winds through São Sebastião in an enormous length.
Tired of the big city? Take the A train to Rockaway beach! You can enjoy a long metro ride through Queens and afterwards walk along the sandy beach. There are no typical beach facilities (as one would expect back home) and I was quite irritated by the standardized homes along the way but there is nothing like a cool summer breeze close to the ocean.