GTA – Fondo to San Lorenzo

We continued on what is probably the most difficult European hiking route, the Grande Traversata delle Alpi from Fondo to San Lorenzo. The route from Pont Saint Martin took us 5 days to reach San Lorenzo.

Around the Gold Coast

I walked the entire coastline along the Gold Coast. I then travelled south along the coast and visited various places that very few people usually see.

Australia – Lamington National Park

After almost 6 months, I was travelling in Australia again. By a lucky coincidence, I ended up back in the Brisbane area of Queensland, more precisely back on the Gold Coast. My first visit was to the hinterland in Lamington National Park, which is situated at an altitude of almost 1000 metres and has the typical rainforest vegetation of the area.

2023 Australia – Springbrook National Park

Springbrook National Park is located in Queensland at the Border to New South Wales in Australia. The park is part of the so-called hinterland, i.e. the more mountainous part off the coast of the Gold Coast. The park is at a relatively high altitude, which at first glance doesn’t seem like it. Situated at an altitude of almost 1000 metres, the fauna and flora is very different from the lower areas. The park has a sub-tropical climate and a humid rainforest. There are many streams, rivers and waterfalls in the area. On this tour, I walked an approx. 14 km circular route from the plateau, down into the valley and then up again.

Discoveries around Didim in Turkey 2023

We had one more day in Didim without having to go any further. Didim is very touristy, but there are lots of sights all around. We drove to Beşparmak Dağları, which was once an ancient city. On to the ruins of the famous ancient city of Miletus and back to Didim to the Apollon Temple.

Didim to Denizli – Pamukkale

After our short stay, we finally headed back to Ankara. However, there was one more important stop on the return journey: the world-famous Pamukkale. Pamukkale in particular was once again an ancient city. However, most people know it as the famous white terraces formed by the calcium carbonate-containing water.

Dalyan to Didim

We started this day by looking for a market. Unfortunately, there was only one vegetable market, but the prices were very low. On the way to Didim, we visited some other ruined cities, some of which were quite well preserved and where excavations were taking place.

Demre to Dalyan

This day had some bad and rainy weather. However, this did not stop us from continuing with our visit programme. We first visited a completely neglected World Heritage Site and then some more ruins. Finally, we arrived a little south of Dalyan and drove to a beach that was bought by a leading AKP politician and will probably be built up soon.