Category: holiday

If you are ready to listen to me blether on about Scottish history for 10 minutes straight, go ahead and click the video. 

Shetland Day 2! A tour of the Broch of Mousa and the island around it is on my YouTube channel. 😀

Island of Mousa, Shetland

This is a small uninhabited island, which mainly serves as a nature reserve. There you can also find the Broch of Mousa, which is preserved almost in its entirety. The Mousa Boat takes you across for a few hours from April to September, before the stormy winter season begins. We were able to watch birds and seals from the distance and enjoyed the circular walk along the beautiful cliffs before the boat took us back to the mainland of Shetland. 

Here you can see Mousa Broch up close.

My Youtube video about the trip to the Island of Mousa.

First Day of my Shetland adventure! I’m planning a series with these, one video per full day on Shetland. It’s once again lo-fi, but it has Shetland ponies! 😀 

I wanted to vlog, but since it was three of us, it wasn’t possible, so I decided to do a voice-over instead. I will try to improve the sound quality for the next videos, but until then I hope you enjoy this one. 🙂

Clickimin Broch, near Lerwick, Shetland

This is a well-preserved Iron Age style broch from roughly the 1st Century AD. The site was occupied since the Late Bronze Age and originally the peninsular would have been a small island, accessible by a stone causeway. The broch was probably quite impenetrable at the time. It has been restored and is maintained by Historic Scotland, but free to visit. It is quite well preserved for being right next to Shetlands biggest town. 

I have filmed around and inside the broch for my Youtube Channel. 

Enjoy the journey. 

Hiking in the Saxon Switzerland National Park, Germany

There is definitely some kind of magic in this landscape. Some of the rock is dark and rugged, some of it light and straight as a razor, as if some giant creature had shaped these rocks to its will. We felt dwarfed by the size and in awe of all the different formations. The rock pillar is known as ‘Barbarine’, or ‘Maiden Rock’ and has been used for rock-climbing for over 200 years and reminded me of the Old Man of Hoy on the Orkney Islands. However, due to the climbing activity and the weathering process, the top of the pillar had to be fixed with concrete and one is not allowed to climb it any longer. I first came to this region as a child and I remembered it fondly, so I was very happy to go back as an adult and be able to see it again and appreciate it even more. A holiday well spent. 

‘Cowshed’, Saxon Switzerland, Germany | Kuhstall, Sächsische Schweiz

A picture can’t quite transfer the size of this rock formation and the humbling feeling of standing and walking underneath tons of rock. For hundreds of years people have come to this place during their travels, they have left their names in the rock, they painted pictures of it, wrote poems and stories about it. There is a narrow set of steps which is called the ‘ladder to heaven’, leading to the top of the rock, which has an amazing view and of course we stayed around for a while. There is a another, much more convenient, set of steps on the way down.  Further along is a rock chamber one can climb up to, filled with graffiti from the past 200 years.  

Bastei, Saxon Switzerland, Germany | Basteibrücke, Sächsische Schweiz

This is probably the most famous rock-formation and main tourist attraction in the Saxon Switzerland National Park. In 1851 this stone bridge was build to replace the previous wooden one from 1824, however, there has been human activity here long before that. The bridge leads to Neurathen Castle, the largest rock castle known in the region. It was first mentioned in documents in 1289 but fell into disuse after the medieval period. Now,

the wooden constructions have disappeared and only some of the carved rooms and passages remain, including the cistern. This rock-formation has a great view over the river Elbe, which flows on the plains below and gives the region its name, ‘Elbe Sandstone Mountains’. 

Königstein Fortess, Saxony, Germany

This fortress was built into the rock it is standing on, the name literally meaning ‘king’s rock’. The original core dates to the 13th Century and after it changed hands multiple times it was re-constructed in the 17th Century, a lot of which still remains. It often served as a secure refuge for local rulers due to its strategic advantage and has never been conquered. It also served as a prison during the two world wars and is today a museum.