Photo Essay: El Hierro

After visiting El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands, I have been approached several times by people asking us how much time to spend there. Obviously, it all depends on your holiday style. If you love spending quiet days at the beach you can stay there forever. But if you are interested in visiting all the popular corners recommended in travel guides, I’d say 1 week is perfect, especially if you travel with kids and don’t want to (read can’t) go at a crazy speed.

Here are my personal highlights from our week in El Hierro. Please click through the gallery to read the captions for more details…

And here is a short bonus video of some crabs in La Caleta, fighting against the strong waves of the sea. I filmed this on our way out from the public pools in La Caleta. Who’s up for a bath?

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Sun(🌇=’set’, 🌅=’rise’) Time On The Canary Islands

Sunset Lanzarote

The blue hour is not only my happy hour :)

Before moving to the Canary Islands for 3 months, I had read in several travel guides that the Spanish archipelago is a perfect location to capture stunning sunrises and sunsets above the mountains and the sea. As you can see, I was not disappointed!

Here is my personal list of the best places on the Canary Islands to catch amazing, colorful and inspiring sunrises and sunsets. Happy shooting!

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I Did It: Tandem Paragliding In Tenerife

paragliding tenerife sunset

Paragliding has been something that I wanted to do since ages. #BucketList

After watching heaps of curageous people with a parachute landing at the beach in front of our apartment in Puertito de Güimar for two months, it was time to book a seat for myself. #DailyTemptation

Because I simply love looking at things from above and I show no signs of vertigo. #LuckyMe

So all I had to do, was to run 5 steps down a volcano, hold the GoPro, lean back and enjoy. #AnytimeAgain

Tandem Paragliding Tenerife

Final preparations in Teide National Park

Tandem Paragliding Tenerife

Go go go!

Tandem Paragliding Tenerife

Flying above Teide National Park

Tandem Paragliding Tenerife

Flying above Puerto de la Cruz

Tandem Paragliding Tenerife

It’s a small world!

Tandem Paragliding Tenerife

A little “hello” for the family waiting at the beach

Tandem Paragliding Tenerife


The End Of Year Season On The Canary Islands

Now that most municipalities here are starting to take down their Christmas decorations, I feel it’s time to wrap up my end of year impressions from the Canary Islands.

Admittedly, I was really hoping to explore new Christmas markets.
I got disappointed.
There weren’t any.

But while I was looking for opportunities to spoil my palate with Quarkbällchen and Glühwein, I came across many colorful Christmas light decorations — even in the tiniest village you can imagine. Wherever you go end of December, beginning of January on the Canary Islands, a bright Feliz Navidad or Felices Fiestas will hit your eye, while small LEDs in star and ribbon shapes serve to illuminate the streets and popular promenades.

After New Year’s Day, Christmas usually seems faaar away for me. But not this year!

I was thrilled to finally discover something new in January. Christmas themed sand sculptures and La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, the parade of the Three Kings that actually bring the presents. Not Santa!

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Weekend Wanderings: La Palma’s Salinas De Fuencaliente

The Fuencaliente (Hot Fountain) region in the South of La Palma has been getting a lot of attention lately due to increased volcanic activity. While the Canary Islands are a volcanic wonderland, not all volcanoes have gone sleepy. La Palma’s Teneguia last erupted in 1971 and a recent “seismic swarm” indicated that it’s far from being tame.


View from Volcan San Antonio over La Palma’s volcanic landscape with Volcan Teneguia to the right and the Salinas de Fuencaliente in the distance

Can you imagine salt flats in the middle of these active volcano fields?

Neither could I.

Yet there they are. Las Salinas de Fuencaliente are some 35,000 square metres of salt flats and the salt produced here is sold throughout La Palma under the brand name Teneguia (like the volcano on the photo above).

It’s a scenic drive from the town of Fuencaliente down to these salt flats, but the Salinas themselves are a photographer’s dream. The black lava rocks, the white salt mounds and the blue water of the ocean form the most beautiful contrast — probably more so on a sunny day or during sunrise, which I sadly didn’t get to experience this time…


The garden of salt


The salt pans out of black rock attract heat, allowing the highest concentration that can be reached (360 gram per litre)


White mound, black mound, white mound, black mound…


Let’s not get distracted from the red soil!


Winter in the Canary Islands does not look that different, does it?


View towards the new and old lighthouse Faro de Fuencaliente


It can get windy here


Panoramic view from the restaurant terrace

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Au Revoir Paris

We’re moving on! A few weeks ago, we boarded a plane to La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain). Since then we’ve been to El Hierro as well as Tenerife, from where I’m currently working and updating this blog. We plan to see Gomera, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria in the near future. So if you’re a fan of the Canary Islands please keep an eye open for more photos and stories to come.

For now I wanted to say good bye to Paris and France, which was our home for the past 3 years. It’s been fun (most of the time)!

The following photos have been taken from the top of the Eiffel Tower during my last visit to the French capital. Au revoir Paris ! ♥️


I can’t help it, but I always feel like the architect of the Tour Montparnasse (the black tower) photobombed Paris’ skyline.


I didn’t aim for that, but I couldn’t change the fact that there were a dozen people posing at the moment I released the shutter. #CameraGroupies


To be honest, I like the view towards Place du Trocadéro from the Eiffel Tower, but on photos it always gets lost and I end up…


…zooming in on the office buildings of La Defense with the Fondation Louis Vuitton in the foreground.

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Weekend Wanderings: Colmar’s Old Town

Colmar France

Place de l’Ancienne-Douane in Colmar, France, at dusk

I am thrilled that I finally managed to visit Colmar in the East of France! The city is known to be one of the top tourist destinations on the Alsace Wine Route. But once you leave the vineyards and the suburbs behind, you will actually enter a very lively old town with colourful half-timbered houses neatly lining cobblestone streets and a canal giving it its reputation of the “Little Venice of Alsace”.

During my visit, Colmar had just gone through a heat wave, which is why the canal’s water level was rather low. In the evening, the town saw crowds of visitors though, dancing and singing on the tunes of the yearly “Fête de la musique”

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