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2017 Japan Tokyo Yarakucho Station Sunset | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

09 | Tokyo | Sumida River, Minato Park and Yarakucho

Sumida River, Minato Park and Yarakucho

We left Tsukiji Fish Market and cycled along the Sumida River. The afternoon sun provided warm light and made the many different buildings of the city look somewhat soft. Only at the end of the park did we see the sign that said it is not allowed to ride bicycles. Fortunately there was nobody around, so we luckily didn’t offend anybody. We returned them near Yarakucho Station and took the Metro back Nogizaka Station, where we started our journey in the morning.

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

08 | Tokyo | Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market

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 Hibiya Park Food Festival | travel photography by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

07 | Tokyo | Hibiya Park Food Festival

Hibiya Park Food Festival

The previous days’ tour de force took it’s toll. We slept a lot longer than planned and woke up late and very hungry. The Metro took us to Yarakucho station, where we hired some bicycles and started our journey. As luck would have it, there was a food festival in Hibiya Park. How convenient!

2017 Japan Tokyo Tower at Night | travel photography by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

05 | Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower

Aimed with a snack and a plain but very tasty rice ball, we made our way to the Tokyo Tower but didn’t go up to the viewing platform. Instead we opted to go and see the famous Shibuya crossing at night. On our way to Shibuya we found several food trucks, but postponed it to another day and cycled on.

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2017 Japan Tokyo World Trade Center Happy Window | travel photography by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

04 | Tokyo | World Trade Center

World Trade Center, Tokyo Tower and the Skyline at night

The Ginza Parade left us hungry and we went to find something to eat. Japan is a perfect country to be hungry, because most corner shops also offer a variety of delicious hot food at very affordable prices. We sat on a bench and thought the yellow mini-skyscraper across the street looked like half a dozen European garages stacked on top of each other and wondered where the staircase might be hidden. Real estate sure is in short supply here and therefore the Japanese even stack parked bicycles in a clever and efficient way to save space.

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2017 Japan Tokyo Ginza Parade | travel photography by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

03 | Tokyo | Ginza Parade

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Driving from the Tokyo Station towards the shopping district Ginza, we saw a huge crowd and wondered what was going on. The timing couldn’t have been better, as the opening ceremony of the 2017 Ginza Parade was just about to begin.

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2017 Japan Tokyo Imperial Palace East Gardens | travel phootgraphy by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

02 | Tokyo | Imperial Palace East Gardens

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Upon arriving at the Imperial Palace East Gardens, we tried to park our bicycles but one of the guards told us that it is unfortunately illegal to park bicycles at the garden perimeters. Well then, we improvised and stored them in an underground parking across the street. Back at the Hirakawa Gate we smiled at the guard and he let us in after we paid the entrance fee. We thanked him and went to explore the Imperial Gardens.

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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 | 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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Bamberg 2013

Bamberg | Landesgartenschau 2013

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

Road Trip South Africa | Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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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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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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Mareispoort Pass South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Beaufort West, Meiringspoort Pass, De Rust

Driving through the Klein Karoo, eating lekker Biltong we bought at a small farm stall and enjoying the open space is quite relaxing. Nothing prepared me for the sudden change in landscape as we entered the Meiringspoort Pass. Marizca was definitely right – sleeping over in Beaufort West and driving through the gorge early in the morning is certainly recommendable!

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Roadside breakdown South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch

Road Trip South Africa | Johannesburg, Kimberley, Beaufort West

My friend Marizca and me wanted to go on a road trip for quite a while. First it took me four years to be able to go back to South Africa – and then it happened all of a sudden and rather spontaneous. I booked the flight just a week in advance. Fortunately Marizca had just finished her exams and was able to take ten days off 🙂

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