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For our 100th edition we have a special treat for you.  Join our journalists as they take us on a tour of some of their favorite spots in their home countries.  Visit the Scottish Highlands on motorcycle, relax as you enjoy the incomparable beauty of the Aran Islands in Ireland, discover the difficulties of the Overland Track in Tasmania, and delve into the splendid hustle and bustle of New York City.

The Scottish Highlands – A Motorcycle Paradise (Franka Leehr)

Thinking of Scotland one of the first things to pop into your mind will probably be the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands. And what better way to explore this untamed landscape than by motorcycle? On a variety of routes, little traffic, smooth tarmac and winding roads allow for great riding fun while you immerse yourself in the dramatic scenery of majestic Munros, barren moorlands, narrow glens and serene lochs. On a ride along the scraggy coastline in the North you will furthermore discover hidden coves and deserted beaches enclosed by steep cliffs, while in the Cairngorm National Park in the eastern Highlands you will cross high mountain passes and romantic forests. One of the longest and most scenic roads is the A82 which will take you past some of the most iconic landmarks of the Scottish Highlands, such as the famous Loch Ness and the impressive peaks surrounding Glen Coe. You will cross the windswept plateau of Ranoch Moor and pass the 4,409 ft high Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Great Britain. But no matter which route you take, excellent riding is almost always guaranteed and the imposing grandeur of the scenery is bound to impress you.

Ireland – Aran Islands (Franka Leehr)

In the Atlantic Ocean, just off the west coast of Ireland lie three gems: Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer. With their many pre-historic and early Christian remains and their lively Irish culture, the Aran Islands are one of the main tourist attractions in County Galway. For me however, they are first and foremost a refuge from the bustle of city life, a place of peace and tranquility. Visiting the Arans is like stepping back into a time where life held less man-made complications. Here, it is easy to forget about everything except your immediate surroundings and simply enjoy the beauty of the isles. The grey ground of barren limestone is spotted with stretches of lush meadows. The scattered small houses, gardens and green pastures are separated by picturesque stone walls. Waves breaking against steep cliffs remind you of the magnificence and indomitable force of nature. But in quieter spots the sea around the islands is azure blue with white beaches that invite you to sit back and breath in the salty sea air. And with it you breathe in a feeling of being in harmony with the world and with yourself.

Australia, Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park (Erin Walton)

While I love the busy vibe of cities as much as anyone, “travel destination” to me usually conjures up images of nature. Australia has some excellent hiking spots, and one of my all-time favourites is the Overland Track in Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. This hike is truly beautiful and runs from 65 to 85 kilometres, depending on whether or not you choose to walk the final stretch around Lake St Clair. While some fitness freaks compete for speed in the Cradle Mountain Run, most hikers spend five-six days trekking and camping at different sites along the trail. You can also do a number of side hikes, including Cradle Mountain itself or Mount Ossa (the tallest mountain in Tasmania). While you don’t have to be a hiking expert to complete the Overland Track, you should be well-prepared for the walk with good shoes, food and equipment as the trail does not pass through any villages in which you can buy supplies. But you’ll be well- rewarded for your hard work with mountains, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. You might even be lucky enough to see native Australian animals like pademelons, echidnas, wombats or the famous Tasmanian Devil. For a beautiful Australian challenge, consider the Overland Track!

I Love New York! United States East Coast (Bruce Kahn)

I know it’s an old cliché … but I do love New York.  While I grew up in Brooklyn, New York I really didn’t appreciate it until I moved away!  And now, when I want to have an exciting fun-packed adventure, I like to go to New York City and “do the town.” I start off in the mid-town area and go to some of the many museums, the Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, just to name a few.  Not far from mid-town is the theatre district and Broadway where there are more than 40 professional theatres. Going further downtown I love to go to the lower East Side, an area of Manhattan where many of the new immigrants settled.  As a result there are pockets of ethnic neighbourhoods such as Chinatown and Little Italy.  I love the traditional Italian food where I get the best pizza and authentic cannoli (my favorite Italian pastry)!   There are many small Chinese Restaurants and authentic Chinese markets with a Peking Duck hanging in the window. Going to New York is definitely not a relaxing vacation.  It is fast-paced with so many things to do.  After all … it’s the city that never sleeps!



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Let’s celebrete with TeaTime-Mag

To celebrate the 100th edition of TeaTime-Mag we have prepared a very special edition for you, split in two articles. Our journalists and contributors look back to their home countries and share with us a select group of very interesting places that are surely worth a visit.

To celebrate the 100th edition of TeaTime-Mag we have prepared a very special edition for you, split in two articles. Our journalists and contributors look back to their home countries and share with us a select group of very interesting places that are surely worth a visit.

The Aran Islands in Ireland: three gems in the Atlantic Ocean that offer a refuge from the bustle of city life and an opportunity to relax and enjoy nature.

Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in Australia: hike the many trails this park has to offer while enjoying the gorgeous views; and if you’re lucky you may even see some native Australian animals, such as the Tasmanian Devil.

New York City: an opportunity to visit many famous museums, to see a play at one of the many theatres, and also to experience some ethnic neighborhoods, where you can have some fabulous food.

 

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