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A Journey to the Gulf of Naples

Naples, located at the Vesuvius volcano, and its surroundings were praised by many travellers throughout history. There is a famous saying that states: “See Naples and die!”. The german poet Goethe famously expressed it would be beautiful, “even if a few more Vesuviuses were to rise in the neighbourhood”. Picturesque is also the coast of Amalfi close by and the island of Capri. The magic happens in the evening though when the sun is setting in and the sky turns red, the Gulf of Naples being one of my favourite spots in the world for sunsets.

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The Adria

In 2018 I was fortunate enough to travel to the Adriatic Sea (shortened: Adria) a couple of times, both privately and professionally. A large part of the eastern coast of the sea belongs to the State of Croatia. A country which used to be an insider tip for travellers for many years. Today Croatia is visited by Millions of people from around the world. Many of them go to Dubrvonik, which is famous for being the real life version of Kings Landing. But still there are many hidden beaches and islands in Croatia where you can find time for yourself. Get sure to stay until break of dawn so you can see the sun descending into the Adriatic sea.

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The Port City

The city of Gdańsk (or Danzig in German) has a long tradition as an important haven in the region of the western Baltic Sea. Its history is very much intertwined with the history and tradition of the Hanseatic league, a trade confederation of sailors, which dominated the waters of Northern Europe for centuries. The city was largely destroyed during the II Word War and restored after the war by Polish specialists. Today Gdańsk is visited by many millions every year from Poland and abroad. It offers beautiful architecture and a rich cultural life.

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The Far North

The far north of Europe is actually pretty fortunate regarding the weather. The reason being the Gulf stream which makes it possible to cultivate even fruits around the Norwegian fjords (pictures 2, 6). Though if you go uphill from the fjords your surroundings change pretty quickly and you will experience marvellous but very alien ice deserts like the Hardangervidda (picture 1). That’s planet Hoth from Star Wars Episode V by the way – the scenes were shot there. One of the biggest and historically most important towns in the far north of Europe is Bergen at the North Sea. For centuries it was an important port and a center of commerce, especially regarding the trade with fish. Today it is a lovely student town with a lot of culture and museums (pictures 3, 4 and 5).

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