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Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh is magnificent!

I read about a fantastic place in Egypt. The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh.

Located directly upon the shore of the Red Sea, a comfortable thirty minutes from the centre of Hurghada, The Oberoi, Sahl Hasheesh is a spectacular, forty eight acre, all suite hotel, with a certified PADI dive centre and a large private beach.

Inspired by traditional Arabic designs, our luxury hotel in Sahl Hasheesh has luxurious accommodations and restaurants which feature classical, domed ceilings and long corridors. They are illuminated by Arabic style lamps and framed by elegant columns decorated with the traditional Islamic eight point star.

We offer all guests complimentary access to high speed Internet for up to four devices.

Our dream was to visit this fantastic hotel and dive into the Red Sea with our cameras.

Our dream came true in March 2018. The Oberoi is such a magnificent place, I can warmly recommend a short or a long vacation at this beautiful Five Star All Suite Hotel!

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If you  like a peaceful and beautiful beach, rather than a very crowded one, you will love Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh beach. The seaview is amazing. The waves touch gently the wonderful sandy beach. And there is plenty of space for all visitors to sunbathe on the beach. They have also great service also at the beach. Towels, sunchairs, water and even sunscreen. This beach is fantastic!

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If you like to swim in the sea, snorkel and watch the wonderful Red Sea underwater world, you can do so very easily from the pier. There is also the possibility to scubadive.

We like freediving and photographing underwater. This is one of the photos we got. The gorgeous Masked Butterflyfish, the small and beautiful damselfish and also the Orangespine Unicornfish were all right there waiting for us 🙂

Stay tuned, I will blog more about this great place later!

Have a wonderful day!

 

Back To Italy

We had the wonderful chance to travel back to Italy this summer. We have visited Sicily, Sabaudia, Ardea, Trevignano Romano, Rome and Pisa…. now we flew back to Pisa and drove up to the mountains 65 km west and a bit north from Pisa airport.

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It is nice that Finnair offers direct flights to Pisa in the summer time.

Montecatini Terme is the closest town near the mountains and our vacation house. I had never heard of this town. It is an Italian municipality of about 21,100 inhabitants within the province of Pistoia in Tuscany, Italy. The town is located at the eastern end of Piana di Lucca and has a strong vocation for tourism, as well as industrial and commercial industries related to the spa, which in turn has increased the interest for hotel accommodation in the region.

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The drive up to the house was exciting and fascinating. So many curves and small roads and up up we drove. The scenery was beautiful and magnificent.

The first look at the view from the house was just what we hoped for.

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As always it is nice to just sit down after travelling for many hours. Driving, waiting, flying, waiting, driving and then… finally: vacation time!

Stay tuned for more stories and photos from this magnificent area.

Back in the Red Sea!

After 16 months it was fantastic to dive into the Red Sea again.

Below two photos of the Sailfin Tang. 🙂 The fish is one of my favorites.

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Threadfin Butterflyfish is a bit shy. So it is not easy to get a good capture of it. This time I got one. 🙂

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The Clownfish / Anemonefish is always a delight to the eye. This one was only 5 cm …so I used the camera’s macro zoom fully.

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Beautiful Sabaudia in Italy

A few years back we decided to rent a house south from Rome. We wanted to enjoy new areas, if possible close to the Mediterranean Sea. I googled for rental houses. After finding houses which were either too expensive or not to our liking, I saw an interesting  house in SabaudiaWe had never heard of this city, but found it interesting as it was very close to the sea and the house offered everything we wanted to a reasonable price. 

We investigated a bit more. When we realized the sandy beach next to the town was 20 kilometers long we made our decision.

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After arriving at Fiumicino airport in Rome, we rented a car (once in Italy, the choice was of course an Alfa Romeo) and drove 90 kilometers south. The drive was a bit longer than we are used to, but it was worth it. The house, the garden, the town and the beach – they were all fabulous. 

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A little bit of the town history: The architects  Gino Cancellotti, Luigi Piccinato and Alfredo Scalpelli made the city plans and the work started in August 1933. 6000 people built the city and it was ready already after a year. 

The house had a small garden in the front and on the back.

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Even though we like to cook ourselves, sometimes it is great to go to a nearby restaurant. We tried fish, sea food, pasta and of course pizza. We fell in love with the pizza Diavola, which is quite spicy.

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The beach was fantastic. Hot summer days and cool Mediterranean Sea is a perfect match.

We can warmly recommend to spend a week or two in Sabaudia.

Swimming in the Med

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Greece: Kinetta, Loutraki and Corinth

During our vacation in Megara, Greece, we decided to drive to Corinth. We took the E94 highway and headed west.

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Kinetta is a small town known for its beautiful beach and sea view. Kinetta is quite close to Athens, just 55 kilometers away.

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From Kineta it was only 25 kilometeres to Corinth, our destination. If you do not like to rent a car and drive, you can take the train.

The Corinth Canal separates the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. The canal was built 1883–1893 and the inauguration was a huge happening. Konstantinos Volanakis painted the inauguration.

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Corinth canal inauguration by Konstantinos Volanakis

Loutraki is a famous town by the Gulf of Corinth, very close to the Corinth Canal. It is known for the beautiful beach, the blue water of the Corinthian Gulf and the casino of Club Hotel Loutraki. The casino was though forced to close its doors in 2015 after failing to pay about two million euros in taxes. I found a great video of Loutraki  – it is taken from the air!

When we arrived in Corinth, we noticed right away it is not as big a city as one would think. It was very easy to find the way into the center of the town, as well as to one of the many guarded parking areas.

We walked down to the harbour. It is a beautiful harbour, with many small and old fishing boats and shiny new sailing boats.

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As many do, also we wanted to photograph the statue of Pegasus. It looks quite amazing against the mountains on the other side of the gulf, the Gulf of Corinth.

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It was quite peaceful to walk along the promenade. And the view was fabulous. The blue sea and the gorgeous mountains are amazing.

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Malta landscape

If you like to view and photograph landscape in bright sunshine, travel to Malta. Of course there are many more wonderful reasons to visit Malta, but the landscape is one of the strongest reasons.

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Malta landscape

The Mediterranean is one of the most beautiful seas. It surrounds the whole Island of Malta. To stand close to the seashore up on the small hills, lets you view and photograph almost all the way to the other side of the small Island.

You can often see old, white stonewalls. Malta is known for these. You can feel the history walking along these old paths, close to the seashore.

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There are many bays on the Island of Malta. They are all fabulous.

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I can warmly recommend to visit Malta. Best time is from April to October. If you like hot climate, travel in July or August.