10 July 2016

Sea Side Promenade Running

This year,  we have chosen for our summer holiday a destination so different from our mountain town: The island of Malta. A very interesting place to visit and discover.

The highlight of the holiday was the sea. I did not expect such clean and calm water and so full of sea-life! We spent a lot of time in the water, swimming and admiring the fish - all sizes, shapes and colors one could expect.

I started every day with an early morning run. From St. Julian's where our hotel was, until the capital city La Valletta, there is a long winding promenade following the sea shore for about 8-9km. Very nice place to run, yet so different from the quiet and cool forests back home.

At 6AM in the morning there were already tens of runners along the promenade! Understandable, as this was of course the coolest time of the day. As this is on the eastern side of the island, I could also see a few very nice sun-rises.

Here are a few photos I took with my phone camera during the morning runs.

26 June 2016

Bucegi Mountains: Alpine Meadows in full bloom!

Yesterday I returned on the Hit The Top race route. But no running today! We did it at a slow pace, so we could enjoy the scenic route and the beautiful weather.
We went up from Bran to Omu peak on the same route as the race, but from Omu Peak we descended on the other side of Bucegi Mounians to Busteni.

If two weeks ago it still felt like springtime on the mountains, things did change quite a lot in the last two weeks. Most snow is gone now and the alpine meadows are in full bloom!

Here are a few of the best photos I took yesterday. The album can also be seen here: https://goo.gl/photos/Dc7wss1QoT8aHfLa9