Sunday, May 23, 2010
The Path of El Camino Del Rey Cuts Off
Some say its the most dangerous hike in the world, El Caminito Del Rey (also known as El Camino Del Rey) is definetely the most thrilling hike I've ever done. The path was originally constructed in 1905 for workers of a hydro eletric dam set up in the cliffs of El Choro. Since then, the path has deteriorated and is now only for the adventurous. The government of Spain allocated 7 million euros for the restoration of El Camino Del Rey in 2006, however its clear that this has not been spent yet.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
The best view of Neuschwanstein Castle comes from St. Mary’s Bridge as seen above
'Mad' King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein Castle is easily the most amazing castle I've seen this far in my travels, and one of the most spectacular buildings. Situated in the foot of the German Alps dividing Germany from Austria, the Castle overlooks not 1, but 2 lakes, is surrounded by mountains on nearly every side, sits above a river and waterfall, and a huge green open field. There is another castle which you'll see from Neuschwanstein, it was built by 'Mad' King Ludwigs father King Ludwig I and is actually quite nice itself. However, 'Mad' King Ludwig decided he needed to one up his father and built his bigger and better, and looking down on Hohenschwangau, so this older castle gets no attention. You may recognize Neuschwanstein castle from the Disney movie Sleeping Beauty. Although not true, it looks more like they designed the castle from a fairy tale, not vise versa. The inside is as magnificent as the exterior, although 'Mad' King Ludwig II died before he could finish it, so they do not show every room to the public. If you're visiting Bavaria you can not skip this castle. It's an easy day trip from Munich or it's surrounding cities, or you can stay around the Castle in Hohenschwangau or Füssen.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Your typical photo from a hot air balloon trip in Yangshuo, and how our ride started
Yangshuo is a small town along the Li River in the Guilin Area, Guangxi Province of China. The town is surrounded by hundreds of tall and narrow karst peaks. Its the perfect destination for a backpacker, lots of things to do. I recommend the Hot Air Balloon ride, however you may not want to go if rain is in the forecast (as it is frequently). Ride the boat down the Li River from Guilin, then stop off for 3-4 days in Yangshuo. Monkey Jane's hostel is a fun place to stay if you like to drink. Monkey Jane herself likes to hang out with her patrons and is a great host, shes got a bar on the roof where everyone hangs out at night.