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COUNTRIES VISITED

THE LANDLOCKED COUNTRY IN THE CLOUDS

          We have visited Lesotho a couple of times before, especially the eastern side coming up with Sani Pass from KwaZulu Natal, but this time round we visited Malealea Lodge in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho and entered from the more developed western side at Wepener. Arriving at the border post at Van Rooyen’s Gate (hours 06:00- 22:00) near Wepener all was quiet the day after Christmas and the formalities were done without a glitch and off we go. Our plan was to camp at Malealea Lodge and explore the vicinity during the last week of the year.  Since our previous visit to Lesotho we noticed that the main road network improved a lot, but as soon as you get onto the gravel things are still the same = the further from civilization the worse the roads. The roads are potholed and maintenance non-existing.  After all… Read more >

COTE D’IVOIRE – IVORY COAST

So I had the fortunate chance to visit the Ivory Coast a couple of times while hubby was working in West Africa and resided in the sprawling capital of Abidjan with its 2 million inhabitants. Arriving at Felix Houphouet Boigne airport you are in French country.  Leaving the airport parking you are welcomed in French (Bienvenue) as you pass the white elephant sculptures spanning the airport road.   Sadly this welcoming sign is no more as it was removed during 2011 with the change of government.  Also look out for the bronze statues as you leave the airport grounds. You will also see the local guy, come rain or sunshine, delivering his bags full of baguettes every morning with his bicycle or an old beat up Citroen stacked to the roof with pain (French for bread).  We were really spoiled as you will not have to look far to find… Read more >

RED BULL HANGAR 7

Hangar 7 at Salzburg Airport is by no means a normal hangar; it is one of Salzburg′s contemporary top-attractions. A private airport hangar owned by the founder of the energy drink company “Red Bull”, Dietrich Mateschitz.  It was built for hosting his private aeroplane collection.   The display consists of a growing number of small, not so small and some large historic and contemporary planes, helicopters and several vehicles such as Red Bull racing cars. A formerly used hangar did not provide sufficient space for the unique collection and the Red Bull hanger was finally opened in 2003. The building is airfoil shaped, constructed of 1,200 tons of steel and 75,000 sqft of glass surface.   Every piece of glass was individually custom made in China and no one is exactly the same shape as any other in the dome.  In total there are 1 754 pieces of glass with a total weight of… Read more >

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