Gosh, summer just flies… July took us back to our beloved Tatras but I can’t say we had a warm welcome. The temperature hardly reached 15°C and it was literally freezing cold during the night at higher elevations. Quite a contrast to those 35-38°C what we got used to during this summer in Hungary.
The High Tatras are still breathtaking though. Since we explored most of its famous trails last summer, this time we’ve ventured out on some lesser known ones. Oh how much we love this place! It never ceases to amaze us with its majestic dark peaks, countless crystal clear alpine lakes and hidden waterfalls – well, and with a hectic mood: fog, showers, sunshine and chilly wind rapidly changing even during one day. Hey, are you preparing us for Iceland?
Highlights of July
Our 5th wedding anniversary. Unbelievable how old we became. 😀 Nothing big or fancy for the anniversary though, just small surprises and the two of us. And a visit to Vienna where Csaba has proposed 6 years ago…
Vienna, Austria. Vienna is one of our favorite cities in the world! Since we live so close to it we return there quite often. And it’s always a pleasure. Vienna has something special for us each time. This July it was a perfectly bright day and the most beautiful flowers everywhere in the city parks and in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace. Oh, and some special Heindl chocolate desserts.
The hike from Lake Poprad to the Ostrvou saddle, High Tatras. Okay, it’s not really a lesser known route, but the view along all the way up became one of our favorites in the Tatras! And we do fell in love with some wonderful lesser known routes: like the one from Tatranska Polianka to Velicke pleso and Dlhé pleso or the one from Tatranska Kotlina to Biele pleso and Zelené pleso. Pleso means an incredibly clear and beautiful mountain lake in Slovak – just for your information. 😀
Having breakfast on the shore of Štrbské pleso. A lot of trails in the High Tatras start at Štrbské pleso, this easily accessible alpine lake. So we kind of made it a tradition to have breakfast on the lakeshore whenever we visit the Tatras. We have our regular spot – and our regular view:
Schloss Hof & Schloss Niederweiden, Austria
Donau-Auen National Park, Austria
High Tatras National Park, Slovakia
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Coming up in August
Iceland, we are coming!
We are all packed and ready to spend a bit more than two weeks to explore the wonders of the land of fire and ice. We are planning to drive around the whole island stopping at all the beautiful places (no, that’s impossible, but we suspect we’ll stop quite often along the way). Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Westfjords, Northern Iceland, the Eastern fjords, Southern Iceland, Vik and the Black Sand Beach are all on the list. Along with a bunch of waterfalls and shorter and longer hikes in the wilderness.
Once we are back we can maybe go for a hike or two nearby. 😛 Seriously, we want to go back to Little Fatra and Great Fatra National Parks in Slovakia. We hardly know them but all what we’ve seen so far tempt us back for more. Then who knows? We go where the sun shines.
How was your July? What are your plans for the next month?