Borneo: Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu is one of the tallest mountains in Southeast Asia. If you visit Malaysian part of Borneo, it’s really worth to visit this beautiful Kinabalu park.

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1. The Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula)
the Venus flytrap

To climb the mountain you need two days in total. On the first day you start from Kota Kinabalu town with local bus, shared or private taxi which drives you to the park entrance. There you pay an entry fee and receive a compulsory guide (some local people) who goes with you all the way up. Then you simply start hiking!

2. Giant worm
giant worm

Most likely you take the trail starting at Timpohon Gate (6 km). The trail has about 7 stops until you reach your overnight spot named Laban Rata. It is a basic hostel where you can have a cold shower and three warm and very tasty meals: dinner and two breakfasts (a small one at 2:30 am and a big one upon return at about 9 am). It depends on your trekking skills and physical endurance, but on average you arrive in Laban Rata in 5-6 hours after start. Some people try to get there as fast as possible then take some rest, some people do regular stops for snacks and water. I personally prefer the latter way, so I can enjoy the trail without stressing too much.

3. Rhododendrons forest

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Normandique: Trouville-sur-Mer/Deuville/Blonville-sur-Mer

If you are in Paris and would like to go somewhere for a weekend, I may suggest you a couple of charming towns in Lower Normandy – Trouville-sur-Mer and Deuville. You enjoy there a beautiful beach, amazing seafood, refreshing cidre on a hot day and a wonderful atmosphere of Atlantic ocean (English Channel). It’s a bit hard to get a hotel on a short notice, then you can stay in Blonville-sur-Mer, which is just 10 minutes from Trouville/Deuville by a local bus.

To get there take a train from Paris Gare St. Lazare in the direction of Trouville/Deuville. It takes about 2 hours to get there. On Sunday you’ll find local farmers markets both in Deuville and Trouville, so don’t miss a chance to enjoy real French delicacies!

Lower Normandy panorama

Normandy on the dusk

Sunset in Normandy

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Beachy Head

When I somewhere read that this place is among top ten famous suicide spots in the world I just wanted to get there. Finally, after some conference in London I decided to take a day off and visit this beautiful place called Beachy Head.

To get there you need to take the train from London Victoria to Eastbourne. It takes about 1.5 hours to get there. Then go through this nice town in the direction of the beach side. Once you get there, turn right and continue walking. Sooner the road gets steeper and finally you will enjoy a breathtaking view over the English Channel.

I was lucky with the weather and the atmosphere was very special there. I hope you will feel this through the photos.

one of the best suicide spots

beachy head spot

be achy head view

English Channel view

beachy head England

beachy head cliff

You can make this walk during one day, so to finish it you can turn right few minutes later after reaching the Belle Tout Lighthouse and continue walking. On the way you can catch the bus 12 (“coaster”) to return to the town. At the end of the day sun showed up and my mood has changed. To celebrate life I had my best fish and chips at “Harry Ramsden’s”

fish and chips in Eastbourne

Preikestolen and Stavanger

A few years ago I had a chance to live in Norway for half a year. The country of fjords has so many amazingly beautiful nature spots! One of them is Preikestolen or Pulpit rock which is a steep cliff rising 604 metres (1982 feet) above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau, with an almost flat top of approximately 25 by 25 metres (82 by 82 feet). To get there you need to first visit a very nice small town Stavanger. From there just take a bus to the starting hiking point. The whole route is manageable within one day and does not need any special equipment or experience. Simple hiking shoes and light windbreaker should suffice.

On the way you will meet some local sheeps

on the way to preikestolen

and will enjoy some landscapes like this one

on the way to pulpit rock

And finally you will see this


and this

pulpit rock

Stavanger is quite small and very charming town. Don’t miss a chance to walk there and I especially recommend you to enjoy the fish market on the main street

stavanger streets

stavanger streets