Hikes

The Trulli hike

We visited Alberobello, famous for its unique trullo buildings, traditional Apulian dry stone huts with a conical roof, by going on a hike into the countryside and back to the village. Many tourists come here in summer, but at this time of the year, it was very quiet. Trulli were generally constructed as temporary field shelters and storehouses or as permanent dwellings …

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The Ancient Town of Phaselis

Phaselis was an important Greek and Roman harbour city on the coast of ancient Lycia, the area we are exploring at the moment. It was founded by the Rhodians (from the Greek island Rhodes) in 700 BC. Because of its location on an isthmus separating two harbours, it became the most important harbour city of eastern Lycia and an important centre of commerce between Greece, Asia, Egypt, and Phoenicia. …

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First hike in 2022

After celebrating the New Year at a very nice hotel in Side, we were on our way to the region of Lycia, west of Antalya, where we want to do some hikes again. The first one led us into The Göynük Canyon, a short and easy hike to start through a beautiful landscape. In summer …

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Short hike @ Borjomi

Borjomi is famous for its hot sulphuric mineral water but also for the national park surrounding it, where you can take a lot of different hikes. We had decided on a hike to the bath of the Tsar which included a ride with the old cable car! Already the Russian Tsars valued the healing qualities …

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Birtvisi Natural Monument

Our first stop back in Georgia was at the Birtvisi Canyon, an incredible landscape with volcanic rocks. We started from the village of Tbisi, from where a hike leads up into the mountains and through a narrow gap in the rocks into a secluded valley where the natural obstacles of canyons and cliffs provided an ideal …

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The volcano

We had discovered a volcano, where a road leads up. The question was, how far we would be able to drive, and how much we would have to walk. Even as the day had started very sunny, in the afternoon clouds came again, but that didn’t stop us from executing our plan. The road starts …

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The Eagle Gorge

We had reached the town, from where any excursion into the Vashlovani National Park starts: Dedoplistsqaro – a name we have not managed to remember even shortly. We got our documents for the national park including the permit from the border police and decided to explore a little the surroundings of the town, before we …

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Lagodekhi National Park

We had found another National Park, where we wanted to go on a hike to explore the special vegetation of this area. Lagodekhi National Park is located in north-eastern Georgia on the southern slopes of the Caucasus and at the border to Azerbaijan and Dagestan. It was originally protected in 1912, under the Russian Empire, as the first nature reserve in …

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