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Wahiba Sands Sunrise Oman | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Oman | Wahiba Sands Sunrise

Sleeping in the desert is special. It is so quiet at night that you can hear airplanes that are flying at altitudes up to 18.000 ft. The alarm clock woke us up about an hour before sunrise in our bedouin tent and we put on all the sweaters and jackets we had. Desert nights are quite cold, mind you. As the moon had already set behind the horizon, we had a clear sky with millions of stars. Nonetheless, the light reflected by the stars isn’t enough for climbing up the dunes. Upon arriving at the top, we wrapped the blankets around us to stay warm. Staring into the sky we noticed that the stars faded just the tiniest little bit – and didn’t the horizon change from pitch black to a somewhat lighter hue? 

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Wahiba Sands Desert Wonders Camp Oman | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Oman | Wahiba Sands, Desert Wonders Camp

The drive from Ras al Jinz on New Years Day was relaxing and rather uneventful. Many people argue that driving through the desert is dull and boring – and that they would rather fly. To me, it’s the other way around. Every time I fly over a desert, I keep thinking I’d rather be down there driving…

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Oman | Sur, Ras al Hadd, Ras al Jinz

Oman FlagOnce again, we had an early breakfast at the hotel and headed out to explore the natural harbor of Sur with it’s famous Dhow wharfs and the beautiful lighthouse. Unfortunately, the Sur Dhow Museum was closed for renovations and we had to peek over the walls of a wharf nearby. It was quite interesting to see the ships being build with ancient tools and materials.

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Oman Road Trip | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Oman | Al Bustan Palace, Shangri-La, Bimmah Sinkhole, Wadi Shab

Oman FlagAfter getting up early we left Al Wadi Al Kabir and drove over the mountain to see the famous Al Bustan Palace. The roundabout is amazing, with a pool in the middle sporting a full-size Dhow. The water fountains are arranged cleverly in a way to resemble the bow wave of the ship. The driveway to the Al Bustan Palace Hotel is lined with trees and makes you forget that you are in a barren landscape. We didn’t manage to get into the (supposedly awesome) seaside garden of the hotel, but made up for that at the Shangri-La Resort, a couple of kilometers away.

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Oman Road Trip | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Oman | Muscat, Mutrah and Qurum Beach

Oman FlagOn our first day in the Sultanate of Oman, we had a look at some of the various sights in and around Muscat. Driving from our Hotel in Al Wadi Al Kabir to the old part of the city via Sidab Street yielded some stunning views of the rough mountains and the glistening sea.

Leaving our car in one of the free parking areas, we walked towards the palace of Sultan Quaboos bin Said al Said – on polished stone sidewalks, mind you. They create nice reflections, but must be a nightmare when wet. In a country with an average of 100 mm of rain per year… who cares about slippery conditions? Dust is a concern, however, and therefore the sidewalks are kept clean all the time.

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Oman Road Trip | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Oman | Starting 2015 with a road trip in a new country

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

Mark Twain / The innocents abroad

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Drei Pässe Tour CH Sustenpass Furkapass Grimselpass 2013

Road Trip Switzerland | Sustenpass, Furkapass, Grimselpass

Meiringen >> Sustenpass >> Furkapass >> Grimselpass >> Innertkirchen

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Roquetas de Mar Spain Impressions 2013

Roquetas de Mar | 2013

Roquetas de Mar | Impressions

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Bamberg 2013

Landesgartenschau Bamberg | 2013

Landesgartenschau Bamberg 2013

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Paramotor Roadtrip UK 2013

Road Trip UK | Along the coast with a paramotor | Day 5

Flag United KingdomAshington >> Bamburgh >> Edinburgh >> Anstruther >> Perth >> Dunblane >> Edinburgh

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Paramotor Roadtrip UK 2013

Road Trip UK | Along the coast with a paramotor | Day 4

Flag United KingdomDumfries >> Newton Stewart >> New Galloway >> Dumfries >> Ashington

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Tacla Taid Anglesea Transport Museum 2013

Tacla Taid Anglesey Transport Museum | 2013

After a scenic flight along the Welsh coast, Charly landed his paramotor in Newborough  – very close to the Tacla Taid Anglesey Transport and Agricultural Museum. Obviously I couldn’t resist the chance to have a quick look around the museum.

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Paramotor Roadtrip UK 2013

Road Trip UK | Along the coast with a paramotor | Day 3

Flag United KingdomPrestatyn >> Newborough >> Penrith >> Whitehaven >> Dumfries

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Paramotor Roadtrip UK 2013

Road Trip UK | Along the coast with a paramotor | Day 2

Flag United KingdomSouthampton >> Cardiff >> Tenby >> Aberystwyth >> Harlech >> Prestatyn

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Paramotor Roadtrip UK 2013

Road Trip UK | Along the coast with a paramotor | Day 1

Flag United KingdomLondon Stansted >> Folkestone >> Hastings >> Eastbourne >> Southampton

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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden | Impressions

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Tame harbor seal Hout Bay South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Tame Seal in Hout Bay

Having enjoyed the awesome Chapmans Peak Drive, we stopped for lunch in Hout Bay. After a great tasting serving of fish & chips in a restaurant we took a walk in the warm sun. On the pier we found a local who was feeding fish to a tame harbor seal. Quite amazing to see the friendship between a wild animal and a human.

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Chapmans Peak Drive South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Chapmans Peak Drive

Definitely on my top-ten list of great driving roads: Chapmans Peak Drive in South Africa.

One of the most beautiful roads in the world – and I got to enjoy it three times in one day 🙂

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Beach and Cars Meet Muizenberg South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Car Meeting in Muizenberg

Minding my own business driving along the South African coast near Muizenberg in April 2012, I noticed a gathering of modified vehicles near the beach. Naturally I stopped my rental Hyundai to have a look. The guys are heavily into German cars, with a strong focus on Volkswagen. Being a German sure was a bonus in the situation and led to an interesting conversation. Unfortunately I only had time for a few quick pictures.

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Franshoek Motor Museum South Africa | automotive photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Franshoek Motor Museum | 2012

Situated in the beautiful valley, the Franshhoek Motor Museum houses an eclectic collection of the finest automobiles ever produced. Even though we visited only briefly, it made a lasting impression. A visit is definitely recommended for any petrolhead on holidays.

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Capetown Penguin South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Franshoek, Muizenberg, Cape Point, Scarborough, Kommetjie

Good wine needs plenty of sun – but a certain amount of rain is also necessary. Well then, if you miss pictures of grapes in bright sunlight in this gallery, try google. It rained pretty much the whole time we spent in the beautiful town of Franshoek. Nonetheless we had a great time looking around all the curio and art shops on the main street.

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Whale fountain Hermanus South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Stilbaai, Cape Agulhas, Hermanus, Stellenbosch

Having enjoyed a couple of baie lekker pancakes for breakfast, we left Stilbaai and headed towards Riversdale. Long before arriving there we could see the famous rock formation called the Sleeping Beauty. Leaving her behind we followed the N2 before turning off towards Struisbaai and Cape Agulhas.

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Stilbaai South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Stilbaai, Skulpiesbaai Nature Reserve, Jongensfontein

Stilbaai is very… hmm… still. At least if you happen to be there off-season 😉

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South Africa Oudtshoorn Stillbay | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Oudtshoorn, Buffelspoort Lodge, Mosselbaai, Stilbaai

After visiting the Cango Wildlife Park in Oudtshoorn we took a little detour to see the Buffelspoort Lodge. The perfect place to chill for an hour or two. Sitting in the sun at the deck overlooking the dam was splendid.

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South Africa Lizard | photorpahy by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Cango Wildlife Park in Oudtshoorn

Marizca suggested that we should stop in Oudtshoorn to explore the Cango Wildlife Park. We totally forgot about time and spent more than two hours watching various birds, predators and many other animals. Take your time to enjoy the pictures.

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