What sparked yesterday’s post was the article that I read in a local Belgian newspaper about Iceland’s tourism boom — and backlash. I assume that most tourists that visit Iceland never see more than just Reykjavík and then the Golden Circle and the south coast. If you just visit these areas there’s no wonder why you would feel that Iceland is overcrowded. When everyone goes to the exact same places – crowds will amass. I visited the Grabrok crater in September 2013 and I like to believe that the volcano and the surrounding most wonderful lava field remained crowd-free – View from the top of the Grabrok crater, Iceland.
Yesterday I read in a Belgian newspaper that Icelandic tourism has gone through the roof and that this is not necessarily a good thing. To illustrate the statement the journalist had selected a couple of pictures of an overcrowded Blue Lagoon, the famous geothermal spa in the proximity of Reykjavik. Research learned that tourism now accounts for a whopping 34 percent of Iceland’s export revenue, nearly twice the amount that it did in 2010. After the economic collapse followed by a prolonged volcanic disruption, Iceland has certainly welcomed the influx of tourists but it has become too much of a good thing… It reminded me of a trip I made to that very same spa in September 2013. Cleary, things have changed and not necessarily for the better – Blue Lagoon, Iceland.
She slapped on her snorkeling gear, eagerly anticipating the tropical fish and colorful reefs that will await her as she enters the crystal-clear shallow waters. Instead, she found herself face to face with a sea of flippers, bleached coral and bright orange life jackets. It can be frustrating to try to find a spectacular snorkeling destination that hasn't been taken over by crowds. Clearly, this part of the Mediterranean Sea is not the Galapagos Islands, but still it was fun to enjoy a blast of Mediterranean heat combined with a cool ocean breeze on the small boat that brought us to the little islands just outside the beaches of Estartit – Estartit, Catalonia, Spain.
Barcelona at dawn before the morning hectic starts. View from room 602 at Hotel Mirador, Barcelona, Spain.
The monastery of San Pere de Rodes is not only famous for its incredible location and magnificent construction, the monks were also known to produce very good wine in the region. The monastery was very active until the XIV century, when it started the decadence. A proof for the saying that you never should get high on your own supply…:-) - San Pere de Rode, Costa Brava, Spain
Girona straddles the banks of the Onyar, and the riverfront is one of the city’s most famous images, with its tightly-packed, painted buildings that come right to the water’s edge - Gerona, Spain
Despite his mastery in playing the instrument, he gets out into the streets with the simplest clothes and chooses to play his violin in the busy and noisy historic center of Gerona. As he moves his bow across his violin and plays a well-known classical composition, the noises seem to fade away and his music sweeps across the little square along with the air. Yet, this does not mean the passers-by are amazed. They continue their city tour and think of their next lunch or beer. He most likely never expected to play his violin there where people get to hear his music without even paying attention to it. He dreams of playing at Carnegie Hall, but his dreams, most likely are a little high. He is keeping his hopes high; meanwhile, he will be playing anywhere possible for the love of his passion and some money – Gerona, Catalonia, Spain.
The former abbey of Sant Pere de Rodes is one of the most spectacular abbeys I know, for its perched location with its impressive views above the sea and the Costa Brava. High temperatures don’t get me off the trails...:-) – Catalonia, Spain
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