November 2019
  • Day36

    Santiago Laguna des Andes

    December 8, 2019 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Chile is a known wine producer and a lot of grapes fields could be seen from the highway

    Annette Pampel

    Wow, how beautiful!

    Annette Pampel

    ...what a road!

    Jenny Bluhm

    Would love to jump in, what a blue color!

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  • Day35

    Santiago Chile

    December 7, 2019 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    I have spend 3 nights in Santiago. I am now on my way to Argentina. Santiago is the capital of Chile and this is the place where most demonstrations takes place. On my way to the hotel from the airport on Friday. I had a first contact with the people on the streets. The driver gave them some money for passing. No police were to be seen. My hotel was just around the major demonstrations spot.
    The center of Santiogo is much suffering under the situation. Many shops, banks, official buildings like universities or libraries are close. Most of them reinforce their entrance with woods or metal plates. Many grafitti can been seen against the Chilean president and the police. However, in some places life just continues.

    In order to be safe I have taken a city tour with a guide. Santiago is not much of a excellence. I was not really impress.

    The second day, I decided to take a guided tour to the Andes, Laguna des Andes. After 2 hours drive we arrive to a beautiful blue lake at 2300m in winter this the famous place for skiing. Just 1 mountain away to Argentina. During this trip I learned a lot about Chile geography and we talked about the political situation.
    The demonstrations remembered me to the one in France with the gilet jaune.

    Check my second posting for the lake pictures
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  • Day34

    Auckland museum

    December 6, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    I wanted to know more about the Maori culture. The Auckland museum discloses number of artefacts. Unfortunately time was too short for visiting the whole exhibition.

    However I took the time to attend a Moari dance and singing performance. Great performers.
    Moari was almost a forgotten language that is reviving. Young Maoris learn it at school and practice more amores. There are TV and radio channels in Maori. Kiwi people start to learn it in evening class.
    I have few video that I cannot upload. Sorry
    I will try later.

    I am now on my way to Santiago Chile. Other cultures other language
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    Gute Flug nach Santiago. Ahora debes hablar Español! 🙂. Christophe

  • Day33

    Auckland and Waiheke

    December 5, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    I had a full day for visiting Auckland. Few people warned me that Auckland is not a beautiful town.
    This is partially true. The main street has no charm. After one hour walking around I took the ferry to Waiheke . About 40 min away. Just a paradise. With beaches and vineyards.
    The wine should be very good there.
    The water is warm.
    See pictures from Waiheke in my next post. I can only upload 6 pictures in each post
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    🤔 C'est Dr l'art.


    De l'art

  • Day32

    Piha beach close to Auckland

    December 4, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Almost my last day in NZ. Before giving back my rental car, I drove to Piha beach. A party beach for young people from Auckland. Beautiful beach with black sand and limestone coast. Today j am visiting Auckland.
    I am staying at an Airbnb with a French couple. Life is full of surprise
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    Jenny Bluhm

    Beautyful, nature at its best!


    Wunderschön! Und hier wird es kälter und es weihnachtet an allen Ecken! Lg und bleib gesund 🙋🏻

  • Day31

    Glowworms in Waitomo cave and Kiwi

    December 3, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Kiwis are the name of the famous birds that cannot fly living only in NZ. They are very difficult to see since being nocturnal animal. Thus, I went to a special park for meeting them. I could see for the first time a kiwi bird in a space specially lighted with dark light. No picture . :-(
    It was no surprise to hear that the kiwis are going missing due to much predators.

    At the morning ,I visited the glowworms cave of Waitomo. Ther are about 20.000 glowworms lighting the upper part of the cave. The tour is made on a boat following the river crossing the cave.
    For the first time i had bad weather. It was raining almost all day.
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  • Day30


    December 2, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    After the beach and the lake now mountains. I got to 2600m on the tongariro. Driving up the mountain I could see and feel temperature changing as well as the flora. In new Zealand you can almost at the same time surfing at the east coast and skiing on the tongariro.
    I made also a walk for encountering Mordor the mountain as seen in the lord of the ring. Unfortunately it was too cloudy but I could get a tense of fear and almost heard frodo or Sam.?
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    Annette Pampel

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