Walfänger Haus auf Pico

Unique accommodations on the Azores

In my last post I already spoke about my love for the Azores. The rough, green nature of the islands has inspired me. In this post I would like to show you two of our (very) short-term homes on the Azores. These were absolutely unique. They could not have been more different, but they were both beautiful and we would have liked to have spent more time in each. On the one hand there was the former whaling house on Pico and on the other hand our glamping tent in the middle of a banana forest on Faial.

Hortensien Sao Miguel Azoren

The hidden gem on the Atlantic Ocean – the Azores

The summer and the long-awaited summer holidays are getting closer and closer. Probably most of you have already found your holiday spot and booked it. If you are still at a loss and do not know or can not decide where to go – I have the ultimate tip for you – the Azores!

In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, there you will find nine little islands that could not be more different. Some with lush green nature, the others rough and rocky. But they all have something in common: they show how wonderful our world is created.

The climate in the Azores is constantly warm throughout the year between 15 – 25 degrees. Nevertheless, little showers are not uncommon. Sometimes one half of the island is sunny and on the other it’s rainy. The best travel time is from March to November. Almost the whole year!

The most wonderful thing about the Azores: The small number of tourists, haha. I hate tourist crowds and typical tourist shops. Not so in the Azores. Tourists and locals balance each other. The main island of São Miguel is bustling with travelers. On the other islands, you are almost alone on the road.

Tom, Emil und ich

Lifeupdate #1 – New Job & New Home

Hey guys! You haven’t heard from me for a long while. For almost 6 months there hasn’t been anything new on thestorybooktravel.com, but this has an end now! Honestly, the whole last year was first a roller coaster ride and then everything was suddenly paused. I wanted to tell you about so many great trips and things, like the Azores or our life with our dog Emil. But there it was … or not: The motivation lack. So I want to give you a little life update, what has happened since last year. Let’s start:

Bagpiper auf der Royal Mile in Edinburgh

Love at first sight: Edinburgh

Edinburgh is known for whiskey, bagpipes and men without underpants (under their kilt). Of course, the best ingredients for a city trip. Before the flight, I had looked at some blog posts and videos about the city and did some research. Nevertheless, I never thought that I would fall in love with this city so intensely. Edinburgh is not too big to be overrun by people and yet it’s a hodgepodge of history, monarchy, modern and funky neighborhoods (Stockbridge!) And the cutest gift shops I’ve ever seen. Every corner wants and needs to be photographed. I’m still thinking about when to travel to Edinburgh again  …

Mailand Duomo di Milano

Milan – Explore Fashion & Culture

All roads lead to Rome. But not this time! On my itinerary is the Italian fashion city of Milan. Famous for their cathedral, or better known as “Duomo”, Prada and Italian women on murderous high heel shoes. In Milan, you can satisfy your shopping pleasure and at the same time glance at the detailed antique buildings. I would like to show you my favorite sights and places and give you tips for your shopping tours!

Zürich Uetliberg Zürichsee

Switzerland: nature and city life in Zurich

In recent years it seems that Switzerland is increasingly popular as a holiday destination. I often see pictures of lush green pastures, happy cows, crystal clear mountain lakes and snowy mountains on Instagram, Facebook and on the front covers of travel magazines. Fortunately, there is a direct flight connection from Hamburg to Zurich and since I have a friend who currently lives in Zurich, I thought why not take the opportunity and visit Switzerland!

Süße Strandkörbe

An afternoon on Wangerooge

A few weeks ago, Tom and I spent an afternoon together on the small East Frisian island of Wangerooge in the North Sea. The island is located, together with the islands of Borkum, Juist, Norderney, Baltrum, Langeoog and Spiekeroog along the Lower Saxony coast. Wangerooge is completely car free. That’s absolutely great. Nevertheless there are a few possibilities to get on to the island – by ferry and the plane (Inselflieger). We were lucky and flew exclusively with our own aircraft – thanks to Pilot Tom. 😉