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Japan Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Tokyo | Tsukiji Fish Market

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2017.05.06   |   Tokyo   |   Tsukiji


Sometimes you are very lucky without knowing. The first time this happened to us was when we visited the New York World Trade Center twin-towers in 2000. A year later they were gone. 17 years later this happened again, when we visited the Tsukiji Fish Market in May 2017. Little did we know that it would be closed and relocated to Toyosu Market in October 2018. Looking back, I feel very happy that I had the chance to see the traditional fish market, which opened in 1935.

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2017 Japan Tokyo Chiyoda Hie Shrine | travel photography by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Tokyo | Hie Shrine

Flag JapanThe Hie Shrine in Chiyoda

2017.05.05   |   Tokyo


After a healthy breakfast in a typical Japanese corner restaurant, we hired bicycles at a hotel nearby and set off to explore the megacity Tokyo. The friendly and very courteous staff gave us a map with the hire stations and marked the point where we started, so we could find our way back later on. As on most of our travels, we didn’t bring a tourist book to follow. Instead, we love to explore and decide at every intersection by gut feeling whether to go left, right or straight.

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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.

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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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Lost Places | Station Service Fermée

Flag FranceStation Service Fermée

Lost Places   |   Rust in Peace


There are many reasons why I love France. One of them is the fact, that the French do not immediately dismount the pumps after a petrol station goes out of business. Instead they just display the lowest possible price on the signpost, call it a day and wander off to play a game of Pétanque with their friends, enjoying a glass of red wine.

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Roquetas de Mar Spain Impressions 2013

Roquetas de Mar | 2013

Roquetas de Mar | Impressions

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Winnebago LeSharo | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

Winnebago LeSharo | A grey morning in September

Flag FranceWinnebago LeSharo | A grey morning in September

RD 6089 near Terrasson-Lavilledieu, on a grey morning. Cruising along with the local traffic… I spotted something based on the Renault Trafic on the side of the road: the Winnebago LeSharo. I have always liked how the French design of the base vehicle integrates well with the American style camper body. If you look at other Winnebago motorhomes of the same period, you can even see a familiar resemblance. Being flanked by a US-spec Peugeot 504 Break was a nice coincidence. The dealer had many other interesting vehicles for sale, some of which you will sooner or later find here at Drive-by Snapshots.

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Bamberg 2013

Bamberg | Landesgartenschau 2013

Flag GermanyLandesgartenschau Bamberg 2013

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Switzerland Sustenpass | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

Road Trip Switzerland | Sustenpass, Furkapass, Grimselpass

Road Trip | Switzerland 2013

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


Sustenpass

Furkapass

Grimselpass

 


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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

17.04.2012   |   Day 07   |   Capetown


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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

Tame Seal in Hout Bay

16.04.2012   |   Day 06   |   Hout Bay


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

Road Trip South Africa | Chapmans Peak Drive

Chapmans Peak Drive

16.04.2012   |   Day 06   |   Chapmans Peak Drive


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

Road Trip South Africa | Car Meet in Muizenberg

Car Meeting in Muizenberg

15.04.2012   |   Day 05   |   Muizenberg


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

Road Trip South Africa | Franshoek to Kommetjie

Franshoek to Kommetjie

15.04.2012   |   Day 05   |   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. A little later, Marizca acted as the new voice of the navigation system, guiding me towards La Roche Estate. Michael is a real gentlemen and has been a good friend of hers for many years. Unfortunately he only had time for a brief, but very inspirational and enjoyable chat. We eventually moved on towards Stellenbosch. But a little sign next to the road mandated a detour to the famous Franshoek Motor Museum. Click here to see the pictures.

Due to more rain, we skipped looking at Stellenbosch and made our way down to the coast. Just before entering Muizenberg, we found a little car show on a parking lot next to the beach. Naturally I had to stop and ask the guys if it was OK to take a few pictures. They are heavily into German cars, so being a German definitely had advantages and led to an interesting conversation…

Next stop was to say hello to the penguins at Boulders Beach. The timing was perfect, about an hour before sunset. The little fellas came out of the water and very close to the camera. A special moment, because there was hardly anybody around. Oh, the joys of off-season travel 🙂

We arrived at the gate to the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve a few minutes too late – it was already closed for the day. Oh well, we figured we’d find another spot to see the southernmost sunset of our trip. And indeed: the sunset in Scarborough was breathtaking – with pounding waves, a strong offshore wind and spectacular clouds. Believe me, it was rather hard to select just a few of the many pictures for this gallery!

On to Kommetjie with the last light of the day, where we had trouble to find the backpackers we had booked in advance. Drove past it several times, with the navigation system indicating a different location every time. Weird. After a tasteful dinner not far from the lighthouse, we retreated to the backpackers. What we woke up to? Read about it in the next chapter…


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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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