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Flying over the Maldives

Some attractions start before you even get there. So was my trip to the Maldives last week. I was on the plane approaching the islands (there are 1196 of them) after a loooong flight via Istanbul with Turkish Airlines, looked out of the window and was just: Wow. Doesn´t matter what is expecting me on the next few days, this view has already been worth the whole trip. The stewardesses were not strict at all and let me switch seats during the landing all the time, so I could take some nice shots I would like to share with you. P1900751P1900772P1900796P1900815P1900837P1900827P1900860 - Arbeitskopie 2P1900860P1900887P1900892P1900869P1900897We landed near Malé. It is the capital with the biggest population per qm (75000 inhabitans on 5,8 qkm) of the world. You will recognize this island from the plane as soon as you see it because it doesn´t fit into the landscape at all. The are boats going to Malé and other near islands on the opposite side of the airport exit but I had to take another domestic flight of 1,5 hours to get to “my island”. The Robinson Club Maldives is located near the island of Kaadedhdhoo, which is 400 km far away from Malé (even Sri Lanka is closer). And for the first time of my life I was happy about an extra flight – because it meant even more air pictures for me!P1900918P1900931P1910069P1900943P1900987P1910019P1910063P1910060P1910070P1910074P1910079Another 30 min on a boat and I was finally there. In my princess beach bungalow with my princess bed and my princess bathroom – located in the garden and all open.P1910109P1910115P1910118P1910117P1910124P1910128I took some minutes to watch the sunset from “my beach” and then had a shower under the stars. Not too bad for the first day almost spent on the plane…

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Glénan Islands: Caribbean Who?

At the moment we arrived in Fouesnant to catch our ferry to the Glénan islands (the second stop on our island hopping tour through Brittany) I was still thinking: Ok this is exactly the way I was expecting France to look like. Cute doll houses, plenty of flowers and perfect gardens – everything seemed as if Yves Rocher has just finished his last commercial over here.P1460617P1470089P1460569P1470092P1470083P146067620 pictures of houses later we were finally standing at the landing place. And nothing looked french-like at all any more. The white beach and the colourful boats reminded me rather of my last Cuba vacation. But where was actually the ferry?P1460648P1460641P1460695P1460713The ferry was not crossing during the low season. And on this april day the sea was pretty rough. So why not take a tiny boat to get over to the island?P1460747P1460760P1460766As long as the coast was still visible I thought it was a funny experience to be in such a small boat on such a big waves. Later on I felt thankful for everything I could find on the sea to focuse my eyes on (a lighthouse, a buoy, other sinking boats). And during this 40 minute ride at 10 degrees I´ve noticed the first and maybe the main difference to Cuba: the water running down my face and my feet had the temperature of a mini bar.P1460778P1460844When we finally made it to the island, the coast was looking so peaceful again that I remembered why we actually got on this boat without having any doubt. And Cuba was back again!P1460872Îles de Glénan is an archipelago with 7 to 12 islands (depending on low or high tide). Hope you are on the top 7 during the high ride though… But no worries: the ferry brings you only to the main island: Saint-Nicolas. It has the best beaches, a restaurant and a youth hostel for the diving and sailing school.P1460822P1460826P1460857What you can´t see on this picture: Every peace of me was completely wet. But I was really happy that the two most important things survived: 1. my camera and 2. my lunch.P1460861P1460828P1460889You might be thinking: why is she posting pictures of flowers instead of showing us some cute diving students? Well, it´s not just a flower it is the Glénan daffodil, which only grows on this island. 2008 it took 2 weeks for 10 people to count them. The result was: 60000 flowers… and even more crazy visitors to see it. P1460882The beaches of Glénan are also known as the french Caribbean. At the beginning of our island tour I didn´t really believe something could ever compare to the Caribbean. When I saw THIS (scroll down) I was just thinking: Caribbean who? When the high season in June starts there is still one good thing about Saint Nicolas: the whole island is surrounded by beaches like this. So it never gets too crowdy. P1460923I´ve got one more tip to share with you: on the left side of this long beach the water temperature in summer is about 16 degrees (open Atlatic ocean), on the right side 20 degrees! So just step 3 meters to the right!P1460921P1460956P1460917P1460970P1470072P1460940P1470080