Since 2 months I have a ticket for the fitness studio again. I had one more than ten years and had been in the studio nearly twice a week. But suddenly, approximately 2 years ago I had enough. Now, I am back together with two friends. This time in a local studio just 10 minutes away by car: in the near hotel Ramada.
There is a wellness park in this new hotel. It contains a sauna, fitness studio, a hamam area and a small pool outside with salt water. It’s great. I really enjoy the pool with the salt water.
Normally I go to the studio twice a week early in the morning, on my way to the office and most of the time my friend is also there. And then I do a lesson on the weekend, either in the late morning or in the late afternoon, mostly again together with a friend. In the morning I have no time to enjoy the pool, but at the weekend or when being there in the night, we always take a short bath in the pool.
I always feel like being on holiday. The studio it very new, the fitness area has more than 1000 qm and there are not too many people. Really really relaxing.
We made our yearly winter holidays again in Mauterndorf, Austria. Luckily in this area of the Alpes there was a lot of snow this year.
Though this winter was much too warm, a couple of weeks ago it was snowing very very heavily in the southern region of Austria. I was surprised because I have never seen so much snow in this skiing area. Especially in the skiing region Katschberg / Aineck there was extremely much snow.
On the picture you can see me in the middle of a famous slope in Katschberg. It is famous for its steepness, and because there were not too many people skiing, it was possible to carve down the hill using the full range of the slope, left to right.
Katchberg is the best skiing area in the region where I grew up. But one day we made a trip to one of the bigger areas reachable within an hour with the car. This time we choose Schladming where the last winter world championship was held. Schladming is great, one of the best skiing areas I ever saw.
Mauterndorf, where I was born, has an impressive castle. In the castle, there is a historical museum and a restaurent. We went there with my parents and my brothers family to have dinner.
You can easily walk there from my parents and brothers house. Its just about 10 minutes because the caste is really nead the center of the village.
When we walked there, it was already heavily snowing, giving the castle a very nice look. In winter, the caslte is decorated with some lights which convinced me to took this foto.
Dinner was also very good and not expensive. You can even have an old “Ritteressen” there. If you order this with a group you will be served from servants dressed in old clothes which were worn at the thime of the knights.
Lungau is the county I was born and grew up. It is in the middle of Austria, in the moutains. There is nothing special. No industry, people are living from farming and some tourism mainly in winter.
I spent a week there with my family end of this year and the first couple of days in the new year 2012. Normally I do only alpin skiing when I am there because the skiing areas are quite good. But this time, I brought my cross country skis with me and did more cross country than alpin.
There is one very nice slope beginning in Mauterndorf, my home village leading through calm wood to the next village and from there even further deep into a valley which is closed in winter for cars and can be accessed only by skis. I shot the picture over there, after it did a lot of snow overnight. Its a very nice slope, very nice.
Same as last year, we made our autumn holidays in Aiya Napa, a village in Cyprus. We were in the same hotel as last year. Hotel “Sun garden” is on the outer border of the village, not on the beach, but a few meters on the rock.
This is good, because the children are not able to go to the sea alone, and the view you have is extraordinary. In the morning, sitting outside and having breakfeast, you can enjoy the wonderful view to the sea.
What I really like in this hotel is the location, the food and the animation. All three things are wonderful. My day started normally with an hour on the beach volleyball field and it ended with the animation for kids in the amphi theater. Wonderful! We will come back next year.
We go every year to Mauterndorf, to my parents. In the last couple of year we always went there in March, when sun is already becoming stronger but snow is still on the montains. March is the best time for skiing in my opinion. In March, there is the most snow of the whole winter, and there is normally the most sun shining in winter.
We had luck this year, the first few days were really bretty: Sun and snow! As I am not used to do skiing, the first day was quite hard for me. We went down the slopes, but I had not the fun I normally feel when skiing. But the second day was alrady better and on the third day, my love for skiing was back.
The picture is from Mauterndorf, there is a nice skiing area in this village. We were there on our first day and took a break in one of the huts for a beer and tipical Austrian food. Very nice!
This year we were the first time in Cyprus. This greek island has the big advantage that is is located so far south and east that the weather is still very warm there in October.
In Switzerland the kids have three weeks holiday in October, so it is a very good time to make holidays then. In mid summer it is very warm in Greece, sometimes it has more than 40 degrees. With this heat, making holiday with kids is not so good. At early afternoon, you have to go to your hotel room and spend some hours in the cool chamber while it is the hotest time outside.
The hotel we had this year was very nice. We had very good animation also for the kids. The food was good, the appartment was nice, the beach wounderful. Everything ok. We will come back next year.
This adventure park is located in Germany but just 2 hours drive with the car away. I have been there for the first time. Some friends invited us for a two days trip to the park including staying over night in one of the park hotels.
You can spend easily two days with the children in this park. It is very beautiful. A lot of trees and water. The fun buildings and restaurents are all located between green and small lakes.
Its like a small paradise with a lot of attractions for the children. Also for adults, but we were there with the children, and there it is important that it has enough to look and test for the kids.
The park is divided into country areas where the different europaen countries present their special attractions. There is even on area especially for small kids with very slow moving trains and boats swimming through fairy woods.