I love hiking through the Alps, but about one year ago I decided that I would also once in my life see the mountain range with the highest mountains on Earth. So I decided to go to Nepal! This time my sister was coming with me.
Nepal is very famous for trekking as it offers the best views of the mountains. We decided to walk the trek to the Annapurna Base Camp which takes about 8-10 days and goes up to 4100m. Hiking in the Himalaya is a great experience! People are very friendly and helpful and the landscape changes almost every day. During our trek we walked through forests with monkeys, crop fields, small villages, bamboo forests.. until we finally reached the glaciers!
But besides the always nice looking photos of the mountains, Nepal also has some sides that you mostly do not see before you have been there. As I have never been to a country outside Europe, I was a bit shocked by the pollution. The country has so much nature to offer but people do not always respect it. Rubbish is thrown out of bus windows and into rivers. Many rivers are full of plastic bottles. Many people burn their rubbish over night which leads to bad smell while you are sleeping. Cars and buses are very old and produce a lot of emissions..
I hope that people will continue visiting Nepal and enjoy the beautiful nature and hopefully the money the tourists spent will be used to improve the situation of the country.
But instead of writing too much, I will show some photos to give an impression of our trip.
Today we needed a break to recover from cycling the previous days. So we decided to take the ship to Limone. Limone is a small town with little lanes and nice cafes. Long time ago many lemon trees were planted in the area of this town, so you can buy things with lemons in every souvenir shop. So most people think the name Limone comes from lemon.. but that's not the case. It comes from the word 'limes' which stands for the border between Austria and Italy that was there long time ago.
This year we spent another holiday in Torbole. This place is great, right beside the Lake Garda and a good starting point for cycling and doing via ferratas in the area. We stayed at a nice accommodation called 'Garni Ischia'. We rented our bikes at 3S-Bikes. The bikes were very good. Best pizza and pasta is from Al Pescatore. Unfortunately there is a main road going through the town, so in the summer months there is always a lot of traffic. But we do really like the sea side of Torbole, so we will come again 🙂
Only 30 minutes away from Venice is the city of Padova. Padova is one of the oldest cities of Italy and on the Internet we read that it should have a nice historic city center. So we decided to take the train and go there.
But Padova was not what we expected - it was full of people in shopping streets. And there was a lot of traffic. So after walking around for some time we decided to take a rest in a nice cafe - Locanda Peccatorum.
One morning we decided to take the water bus to the island of Lido. Lido is famous for its sandy beaches and only 15 minutes away from Venice. So we spent the day walking along the beach. The sun was shining, but it was really cold! So after a couple of hours outside we enjoyed some vegetable soup before heading back to Venice.