as written in previous post , here is the pictures of the second day, under beautiful sunny sky.
on the 2-day ride by bike i discovered 2 different parts of iller weg. first I had a ride from Aitrach to Kempten, coming back to Aitrach by train, and the next day rode to Ulm and again back to Aitrach by train.
The first ride was more interesting than the second day, because the way was through different landscapes, with hills on some parts that needed more power to ride, with some fantastic curves riding downhills .
on the other hand the way to Ulm, was alongside the river, beside trees, but always on a flat land, so nothing challenging and at the end it was very boring , even with that beautiful land scape.
Here are some pictures of the first day :
I am planning 2 days ride along Iller, a river in Allgäu , a nice area in south Germany.
I arrived some hours ago in my camping place where is going to be my base point and from here i will ride to Kempten and another day to the direction of Ulm , but i am not planning to ride to Ulm, because it is a long ride.
The weather forecast shows it is suny tomorrow and the day after but not so hot , perfect ride weather.
Today it was always sunny and very clear sky.
And here are some more pictures of our trips around the Faroe Islands last year.
Flying to Faroe Islands from Copenhagen , almost one year ago, June 2019 . Renting a car with Steve and Alan , old buddies whom I met in Copenhagen, one from USA and the other from Australia , and here is as much as we could see on our almost 5-day trip in Islands.
and flying under the clouds, close to the mountain walls of the Islands :
June 2019, 3 old buddies are going to meet up somewhere on the north. Meisam who lives in Germany, Alan traveling all the way from Sydney , and Steve from USA. The plan is to reunion in Copenhagen, 13th June, and then fly to the Islands on 14th .
i arrived 1 day earlier in Copenhagen, so I had one extra day to look around the city , going for a Toastmaster club on the evening and then waiting for my friends to start the adventure .
Here is some pictures if my walk on the Streets of Copenhagen, From Frederiksberg Garden to the little mermaid.
This weekend I and 3 others of my friends have a short trip to two cites on the state Thüringen , Erfurt and Weimar. Erfurt is said is a student city and Weimar is one of the cultural centers of Germany, where Goehthe and Schiller lived .
walking in the Weimar center the first thing that captured my eyes is the status of Goethe and Schiller, standing shoulder by shoulder representing the city .
walking further in the city, I could see the home of schiller and some street away the home where Goethe used to live. In front of his home there are some coaches carrying tourists to show them around the city, but there are also small buses with dark windows that carry tourists around. I did not understand why the windows are so dark, and no one could see inside, but i hope the people inside could see outside well .
we decided to visit Goethe national museum where is actually he lived for years. He was one of the Poets I learnt about as a child in school in Iran ,and it is all because he read somehow poems of Iranian Hafis and he got inspired with what he read and later on made one of his books ” West-Östlicher Divan” under the influence of Hafis.
Here are some pictures from inside Goethe’s house and garden.
walking more around the city, we passed by something I did not expect to see in a city in Germany, Goethe-Hafis Memorial , where tow chairs are made , one for the eastern poet and one for the western poet, where they can sit face to face and say us the story of how people are connected despite their race,color, religion and culture.
between the chairs a Poem of Hafis is written in Persian
and a poem of Goethe behind one of chairs.
I never thought visiting Weimar could bring me back to the time i was in Iran and still in school , when I used to read Hafis and go wherever its poems was read to listen to them.
walking more on the city, we passed by a place where Martin Luther used to live , just close to Weimar City Hall ( Rathaus) .
The other city we visited on the weekend was Erfurt, were the food was so delicious.
walking on the city at night, again i faced a surprise when I saw that there was a Faris Calligraphy workshop on the city.
walking in the city, there are many nice buildings that one can see. we did not have time to get information about everything we saw, however I can share some of the pictures i captured during our walk in the city. Hopefully you like them.
I want to finish my post this time with this poem from Johann Wolfggang von Goethe :
Liebhaber in allen Gestalten
Ich wollt’, ich wär’ ein Fisch,
So hurtig und frisch;
Und kämst du zu angeln,
Ich würde nicht mangeln.
Ich wollt’, ich wär’ ein Fisch,
So hurtig und frisch.
Ich wollt’, ich wäre Gold,
Dir immer im Sold;
Und tät’st du was kaufen,
Käm’ ich wieder gelaufen.
Ich wollt’, ich wär Gold,
Dir immer im Sold.
Wär’ ich Affe sogleich
Voll neckender Streich’;
Hätt’ was dich verdrossen,
So macht’ ich dir Possen.
Wär’ ich Affe sogleich
Voll neckender Streich’.
Wär’ ich gut wie ein Schaf,
Wie der Löwe so brav;
Hätt’ Augen wie’s Lüchschen
Und Listen wie’s Füchschen.
Wär’ ich gut wie ein Schaf,
Wie der Löwe so brav.
Was alles ich wär’,
Das gönnt’ ich dir sehr;
Mit fürstlichen Gaben,
Du sollst mich haben.
Was alles ich wär’,
Das gönnt’ ich dir sehr.
Doch bin ich, wie ich bin,
Und nimm mich nur hin!
Willst bessre besitzen,
So laß sie dir schnitzen.
Ich bin nun, wie ich bin:
So nimm mich nur hin!
On Friday 7th September till Monday 10th , I spend time on some part of the Alps that I have never been before. This part of the mountain range is very different with the Alps In Germany. The picks are higher, but it is not what i was amazed with. I was amazed with different range of colors I could see on the mountain , and i have not seen the same colors on German Alps.
the Saturday hike to the top of the mountain where it is called Fenêtre de Ferret.
Green , yellow, red, then orange, because of different vegetation , White because of glacier and white fluffy flowers that i do not know their name and blue color of sky mirrored on the lakes are what made my hike even more pleasant than what i expected.
on the way there are 3 lakes and as understood all 3 lakes name is lacs de fenêtre.
fenêtre de ferret is 2698 m above see level, and when we arrive on fenêtre de ferret, we can see Italian Alp in front and Switzerland behind us.
View to Italian Alps
On the way down , there are some groundhogs enjoying their beautiful day under the sun.
The hike on Sunday was a easier hike, just going to the dam that is near the Val de Ferret. I cannot remember the name of the dam., unfortunately.
after the hikes, a beautiful cosy house is waitng on the Valley to relax and be grateful of what life can offer to someone.
we wake up early in the morning, we survived the windy cold night, and it is still very cold in the morning that i have to wear my hat and my jacket for the first time in this trip.
Today is the last day of our road trip. we have around 600 km from Glendambo to Adelaide and then we are done. The plan is to reach Adelaide before evening, to go to a camp place for the last time, and if we have some time to look around the city and the next morning give the car back to the rental agency and then fly to Melbourne. Melbourne is where me and Iva split. I will stay there for some more days and then fly to Sydney , and Ivan stays there for one more day and fly back to Europe.
on the way we have passes 2 ports, one is Porto Augusta and the other one is porto Pirie.
we stop at porto Pirie to have a lunch, and i get a big fish and chips .
there are not that much to see on the way, the road is all sealed road and it is one of the main highways of Australia. it is quite clear that we are close to big cities ports since there are many cars and also Trucks on the road, beside a long freight train which is running parallel to the highway.
There are a large white area that i think it should be a salt lake beside the road and even some people are walking on that lake.
and Finally we are there, Adelaide, where you can see even a Tribute to Ataturk.
It is the End of our road trip. we covered 6000 km of the way on 2 weeks driving.
and I can say I will miss this part of the globe. I may come back again one day or not, I will keep the memories of Savannah Way always with me.
today we leave Alice Springs toward Adelaide. it is around 1500 km from here to Adelaide, and we have 2 days to cover this distance. I do not expect seeing much on the way.
the road and the vegetation around seems totally different from what we have seen on previous days.
we pass the boarder between Northern Territory and south Australia, where there is some bus staying to have a rest and take some pictures . The language that the travelers of one of the bus is speaking is familiar to me, Ja Ja, Klar, Bestimmt……doch ,…. .
we have a stop on city named Marla to take a rest and eat lunch. it is not a hot day, just a nice temperature. after lunch we continue our way untill we arrive at Glendambo, another small city . we stop here to take a short rest.
tonight we will stay in a camping ground in Glendambo. we mount or tent but it is a windy night, really windy. we use some extra rope to make sure that our tent will stay stable and not move too much at night. I am not sure if we can sleep with this wind on the tent. adding this point that it is really a cold night,as i remember from my childhood, when i was visiting my village of origin in a city on East of Iran , that had really cold nights despite its warm days. It is how desert is . each of us use 2 sleeping bags and try to sleep, even if i really think the wind will lift our tent with us inside.Lets see where we will be tomorrow, in our tent at Glendambo camping ground or somewhere else due to the heavy wind, but hopefully still in our tent .i am thinking of Dorothy in the magical Land of Oz now.