Did you also have such a weird start into the new decade? I definitely had. Even though I started the new year with maximum relaxation a little down phase followed back in Berlin. Moreover, I got sick. Was it a little winter depression? I do not know. Maybe it was. Then finally the sun came back and warmed up the sad winter Berlin. I was full of energy again. The thought that 2020 is probably one of my most planned years at the beginning of the year reawakened the joy of life in me. What a little bit of sun can do…
Last year there was a stop sometime. As much as I loved shooting outfits, I lacked inspiration. But exactly these posts were missing, where I could share my thoughts with you besides looks. In the “editorial” travel and culinary articles I find this more difficult to accommodate. After almost ten years of blogging, I’m constantly asking myself how the journey should continue. Everyone is always talking about change and variety. I have to admit, it does me good to blog about exactly the same things as I did three years ago, five years, ten years ago when I was 18.
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“The landscape will certainly be similar to the Dolomites”. Without great scenic expectations, Julia and I drove four hours from San Francisco Airport into Yosemite Valley – the tourist hub of Yosemite National Park. I was positively surprised, overwhelmed by the scenery. I dare say that the Yosemite trip was one of my highlights of our West Coast road trip. We couldn’t have done better with the season and gladly traded my saint South Tyrol Autumn for it.
From yellow fields in front of Yosemite Fields to arid landscape in Yosemite National Park …
Yosemite National Park HIKES, BY CAR, ACCOMODATION and COSTS
OVERVIEW OF YOSEMITE VALLEY
One of the most beautiful hikes – the MIST TRAIL
Jet lag also has its good sides. We arrived so overtired that at 9 pm we fell into the feathers dead tired. Shortly before half past five we were wide awake again. Just right for an early hike. Unfortunately we only had one full day of hiking and we wanted to choose the best hike. A schoolgirl recommended me for the first time the Mist Trail, which she had done with her parents. Well then, let’s march! It was 8:30.
Recommendation!Within the Yosemite Valley, there are free e-shuttles that take you to the starting points of the hike. The starting point is the Happy Isles Shuttle Stop.
The beginning on tarred paths…
The Mist Trail is an unbelievably beautiful hike, which started for the first time on tarred paths. Growing up in the mountains I already joked about the way the trail was equipped. But this changed quickly and turned into “stick and stone”. The barren mountains, autumnal colours and peace did me so well.
Mist Trail Hike
Starting point: Happy Isles Shuttle Stop
11 kilometres circular hike
800 altitude meters from starting point
Depending on your endurance, only the following stops are possible:
Stop: Vernan Fall Bridge (1,3 kilometres)
Stop: Top of Vernan Fall (2,4 kilometres – 1:30h*)
Stop: Nevada Falls (5,5 kilometres – 3:30h*)
*Our time with many photo stops
the huge rocky mountain landscape is already very impressiveTrail past Vernan Fall up to the first viewpoint
Impressive play of colours at Vernan Fall
the first acquaintance with the cute squirrels
Top of Vernan Fall
first view of the Nevada Fall
top arrived with the impressive Half Dome in the backgroundthe steep ascent to the Top of Nevada Fall was definitely worth it!
We reached the Top of Nevada Falls at 12pm. We forgot to buy some more and so we got the leftovers from our backpack on the Top of Nevada Falls. Our avo toast and German bread leftovers were too good.
impressive view onto the Half Dome and Nevada FallCooling down after hiking – it did so good!
Yosemite National Park SIGHTSEEING SPOTS BY CAR
I can really only recommend a hiking tour, but a round trip by car is also worthwhile. We were back at the Curry Village at about 15:00 and got into the car again for an hour in order to drive to some more view points. Unfortunately we were so tired that we did not stay until sunset.
Google Maps didn’t work so well here and relied on the navigation system of our car. From the Curry Village take the Southside Drive and then up on the Wawona Road. Everything is signposted from there.
The main viewpoints are as follows:
In the end the views from Taft Point and Glacier Point were not very different.
ACCOMODATION at Yosemite National Park
We booked a tent at the Curry Village campground, which we had found and booked directly via the Yosemite National Park. The prices for a simple tent with heating and shared bathroom are steep, but it is worth it. You are directly at the foot of all hiking starting points and can leave the car. Furthermore you avoid possible waiting times at the entrance of the national park (allegedly sometimes up to 3 hours). What I can’t recommend you to do, however, is to enter the national park too late (and jettlagged). The roads are very curvy and it gets pitch dark. From the park entrance to Yosemite Valley it is another hour’s drive.
Curry Village Canvas Tent: we paid 165€/night p.p. including taxes
Yosemite Cabins with Bath $231 + taxes
Yosemite Cabins without Bath $167 + taxes
Canvas Cabins without Bath $170 + taxes (Prices from 6.10.2019)
Son Matthias is the chef here and the various menus suggest innovative and experimental dishes.
for starters green apple – cress – baked oysterFish soup – FocacciaOctopus – Fennel – MandarinSpan Pig Back – Puntarelle – Liquorice Yoghurt – Crispy PotatoDuck breast – sweet potatoes – autumn turnips – pink pepperKhaki – Quark – KaffeeWarm chocolate tart with liquid core and chestnut ice creamChocolate Valrhona Banana – passion fruit
The description of the dishes on the menu cards is short and without frills, on the plate a wonderful experience for the eye and the palate, a very interesting taste experience and even after several courses I feel light. Here the chef combines traditional South Tyrolean food and fusion cuisine. The selected ingredients come mainly from the region.
In the basement the wine cellar in the old stable, the original feed trough serves as wine rack for noble spirits and the large selection of top wines and the design chairs are a beautiful contrast to the old stone floor.
After a good coffee together with the likeable chef and his warm mother – by the way the only woman in the team at the moment – I unfortunately have to make my way back.
Dear family Wenin, Many thanks for the wonderful food!
STADELE Restaurant Weinlounge
BUSINESS LUNCH – DINNER MENU – MENU FUSION – WEDDING MENUS – MEETING POINT FOR APERITIFS
Hello 2020! I wish you all the best for the new year and decade. We got off to a good start into the new year with a fun group in Cologne. The Christmas days have been quiet here on the blog and this year even without Christmas greetings (I hope you forgive me). This was because I forgot my charging cable in Berlin. The computer free time did good. Like every year I was on the road a lot with my family and mainly on the ski slopes. The weather was beautiful. Here are a few impressions from skiing in Reinswald, Merano 2000, Karerpass and Val Gardena. Unfortunately I didn’t make it to my beloved Seiser Alm this year.
It would have been so easy, if a) I didn’t have such a hard time choosing something I liked, b) my boyfriend didn’t have something to say about it (this point is no longer relevant, as I have been delaying my decisions for so long that he was defeated) and c) the delivery times for furniture weren’t so long. Long story short, after three ordered dining tables, for example, the third one was allowed to stop (I don’t want to talk about it).
Interior-Struggle THE COOKING TABLE SEARCH
One room that is slowly becoming homelike is the living room. As I said, we finally found a nice long two meter table at DELIFE (what do you think of my Christmas decoration?). Sofa and my nice big Berber carpet I brought with me and currently we are looking for a nice coffee table.
At Pharao24 we have found some nice models. Here the questions still arise whether we prefer a wooden, stone (my favourite!!) or glass table. Of course a coffee table with pull-out function would be great. In the meantime, I have already searched through almost all interior pages and slowly found the right one.this round stone table I find super beautiful. A glass table classic, which I still like very much, because it looks so nice and light.
images via Pinterest & Pharao24.de
Which option do you like better? 1-2 or 3?
I am curious what the New Year will bring. Maybe I will get the last inspirational boost for the apartment over the holidays. At the moment I am still confident. I am very much looking forward to showing the first impressions.