Ghostly Gorgeous Mittenwald

Mittenwald, Germany/Austria (12 June 2016) – Right after the trip to Konigsee was another hiking trip to Mittelwald which was just as amazing. Our main route for the day was to visit the Gorge of the Ghosts (Leutasch Geisterklamm) , hike up to a restaurant called the Hut, hike back down to the village of Mittenwald where we will take the train back to Munich.

Our first stop was a short trail to the waterfall. We had to pay 2.50 euros to enter but it was definitely worth going! It brings you into the innermost region of the gorge with the foamy waters flowing fast beneath you and where you reach the waterfall at the end.

 

Then it was our turn to hike through the Gorge Ghost Trail. It’s really designed to be family friendly with educational stops along the way and stories about goblins and ghosts. We even saw a man carrying a baby who is probably only a few months old on his back!The hike was really easy at the start with the path already paved out, but after awhile it got a little harder when we had to hike up to a restaurant called the Hut which was a little steep and slippery but thank god the weather was great and it wasn’t raining like it was yesterday. At one point we even crossed the border of Germany and Austria, indicated by a square stone brick with T on one side and A on the other.

After what seems like a never-ending series of twists and turns, we finally reached the HUT. And it was totally worth it because we had the most amazing view of the Bavarian Alps around us that looked completely picturesque. Amazingly the weather did not disappoint like it was predicted to by the weather forecast, and the sun was shining in all its glory.

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We chilled around for a good two hours or so before making our way back down. Fortunately we did not have to take the original path and going down was so much easier.

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Then we reached the village of Mittelwald which was so beautiful and I especially loved how the houses were so colourfully well painted. The whole town pretty much could have popped out of any fairytale story though it felt a little like a ghost town especially since it was a Sunday with all the shops closed and barely anyone on  the streets. We had some ice cream and just sat around to enjoy the peace of this tiny town among the alps. Perfect way to end the day I say!

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Königsee

Königsee, Germany (11 June 2016) – Yet again, another paradise on earth. Upon reaching our destination after a really early train ride to Königsee, we were greeted with amazing clear crystal blue waters. Although the weather wasn’t really in our favour and it was already drizzling, the waters were still a breathtaking blue, though it’d probably be even more so when the sun is up and shinning. We took a boat ride, passing between towering rock cliffs. At one point, boat guide told us to shut the windows on one side of the boat while opening up the rest on the other side, took out his trumpet, played a few notes and paused. We waited in anticipation, everyone silent and listening attentively. To the surprise of everyone on the boat, we could really hear the notes being echoed back a few seconds later. Absolutely unbelievable. And the sound of the trumpet echoed was faint but crisp and clear.

We reached our first stop at St Bartholomew around lunchtime. The famous church probably most popularly seen in postcards was just as picturesque as it looked, with the Alpen behind and the lake reflecting the red domed church. We did a mini Rundweg since we only had an hour to explore but just walking alongside the lake enjoying the gorgeous view was more than I can ask for.

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We took another boat ride next to our next stop to hike to a waterfall that’s supposed to be the largest one in Germany. We hiked along the lake and the lush greenery, pretty easy for the most part until we reached a steeper section of the route that was made more slippery and muddy due to the rain that was getting heavier.

We saw A LOT of cows along the way and the Scheiße they left behind. UGH. But well at least the cows were cute and friendly and didn’t mind us approaching them! We continued hiking but it got to a point where rain was really making things hard for us so we stopped halfway through and decided to head back. We still managed to see the waterfall but probably just not as close up as we’d liked to.

This trip was so so worth it. I’ll definitely be back again when the weather gets better and I can only imagine how gorgeous it will look on a sunny day.

Enchanting Chania

Chania, Cretes (23 May 2016) – Gorgeous place stumbled upon because of crazy expensive tickets that forced me to do a detour. Who would’ve expected that?
After spending a night at Athens airport because of the 5 hours transfer, I finally landed at Chania airport early in the morning at 6am. Getting to the hostel went pretty smoothly but being way to early, the hostel wasn’t opened for check in yet. I wondered around and decided to make my way towards the direction of the sea and found a bench facing the sea.

So there i spent a few hours, nibbling on some chips saved (luckily) along the way and spent the rest of the time dozing off or reading a book.

When I finally checked in, I was told that breakfast was available and it was great to see a proper kitchen and ingredients for you to make your own breakfast. Awesome!

Having breakfast, a guy from the hostel told me that they are organising a trip to Balos Beach which I have never even heard of. Well I didn’t do any research , just planned on going to the old harbour and walk around, not much of a plan really. I would gladly go with them but it cost 25 euros, pretty expensive for someone who’s crazy on budgeting so i was really hesitant about it. And then I decided to google it and read amazing reviews about the beach which really got me tempted. With a bit more prompting from the hostel owner  who told me about the cute little goats you would see there (Yup, goats, that’s all it took to get me persuaded) I decided to go with them.

The bus ride there was looong. We had to go through a crazy rocky winding road before reaching the beach. It was a really scary ride and the bus was practically on the edge of the cliff. One wrong move and…gosh don’t even want to think about it. When we finally reached, oh my there were really  GOATS everywhere! They came up to us blatantly asking for food and totally unafraid. After a few quick snaps with the camera and squealing over their cuteness, we made our way down a rocky path to the beach. It was another long winding road walking between the valley and for the first time after Iceland I could feel the grandness of mother nature that made me feel so insignificant. Suddenly, the hills began to slope away and there right before my eyes was the blue sea, stretched out in front of me, shimmering in different shades of blue. I was speechless. It was not your average beach I’m telling you. There were patches of white in between the sea where the water was more shallow and the water was a crystal clear baby blue shade.

The excitement to get to the beach was real. When I finally reached and turned back to see how far we came, I was pretty surprised at how high the cliff was. But it was amazing to be surrounded by pristine blue waters , and the waves were the gentle kind that lap gently at the soft white sand in a steady rhythm. I wadded around in the water since I forgot to bring my swimsuit, but it was more than satisfying. I felt lucky and grateful enough to be there, with some lovely people from the hostel, just chilling and enjoying the precious short time we have at paradise.

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The time to go back came way too soon but we had no choice, the tide was already rising and the sandy white path which we came from was already submerged in water. Lucky for us it was still shallow enough to wade through.

After reaching our hostel, I took a quick shower and went out to check out the old harbour. Yes I was tired, especially from the lack of sleep the previous night at the airport but I guess sheer determination got me going. The sun was already setting and it was a really nice walk to the harbour with the sky painted in hues of pink, orange and yellow. There’s something about the Old venetian harbour that made me fell totally in love with it. The quaint narrow alleys and mixture of architecture from the Ottoman and Venetians were nothing I have ever encountered before.  I just felt a tinge of regret at not being able to see this place during the day, especially during sunrise.

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The town was already buzzing with life from the cafes and restaurants that lined the port on one side. I had dinner later on at one of the restaurants near the port with some people from the hostel and we had pizza to share and a huge bowl of salad each. Even found out that the girl from Italy was flying to Rome tomorrow morning just like me!What a coincidence!Was pretty glad that I’ll have some company on the plane the next day. Our meal ended with a bottle of free alcohol, ice cream and cake (which I was obviously more interested in haha) thanks to our lovely waiter.

It’s such a shame I couldn’t stay here for a few more days but Chania you can be sure I’ll be back.