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The world is full of places which just have to be experienced and visited at least once in your life time. In my case the bucket list of those places seems to get longer and longer for every place visited. It really doesn't matter that I most of the time are travelling in my work as airliner pilot or travel with my family during almost all available spare time. I just can't get enough and even though I have experienced quite a lot already, it just seems to feed for new experiences even more. I guess a bucket list could be just as long as you want but to limit and hopefully make it some kind of achievable I decided to carefully select a top 30 list. The future will tell how many of them that will remain as dreams, until then enjoy my bucket list!
 


1. Deadvlei and the red sand dunes, Namibia 
2. Inca trail to Macchu Picchu, Peru
3. Sunrise at the Pyramids and Sphinx, Egypt
4. See polar bears in Svalbard, Norway
5. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
6. Sunrise at Ayers Rock, Australia
7. Hot air balloon over Bagan, Myanmar
8. Glacier cruise, Greenland
9. Experience Petra and Wadi Rum, Jordan
10. Climbing the Chinese Wall, China

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In the heart of Africa the impressive and thundering sound of Victoria waterfalls have gathered explorers and tourists for a very long time. It's truly something special about the place located along the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

This blog post gives you a three days itinerary suggestion to get as much as possible out of your stay at the falls. Our three days stay were quite busy actually but we managed to get out everything we wanted to do but of course I wouldn't have mind staying another night or two in the area.
 

Aerial view of Victoria Falls and the Victoria Falls Bridge to neighboring Zambia


Day 1
 

Arriving by air around noon and fully installed and unpacked at the famous and classic Victoria Falls Hotel just in time for the afternoon tea. The hotel is pricy but it's really worth it if you want to get the real colonial African atmosphere. The afternoon tea together with scones and delicacies tasted very well from the outdoor terrace with distance view of the falls. Unfortunately it rained a lot due to wet season and the water levels in the falls were actually quite low at this period but it's still an impressive experience. I would suggest finding the best season when the water levels are at the best, obviously not in December. The afternoon is about to turn to early evening and it's time to get onboard a boat on Zambezi River for some safari waterways. If photography is your main priority, try to find an operator which is specialized in this area. My advice, the smaller boat the better. Many of the operators had large sea vessels with more focus on barbecue and drinking than finding the best photo opportunities. You will see the African wildlife anyhow either choice of sea vessel. Hippos is starting to get awake as the temperature and sun falls and along the river bank you will get the chance to see all other land living animals such as giraffes, zebras etc.
 

The porter at the classic Victoria Falls Hotel
 

Afternoon tea at the terrace at Victoria Falls Hotel
 

Hippos during the Zambezi river cruise
 

Crocodile pasta dish and local beer

Day 2 

Neighboring countries apart from Zambia is Botswana which is within reach for a full day safari tour. You will probably be away from the falls the whole day and not be back until sunset but I think you will find it all worth it and not get disappointed. The national park called Chobe offers both traditional safari on land in 4x4 vehicles as well as on the 
River in specially designed boats. The land based safari offers great sights of the herbivorous spices like giraffe, zebra and buffalo. Chobe National Park is also proud to house the greatest population of elephants in Africa, which easily can be seen both from land and water. Predators such as lions and leopards aren't impossible to sight either.

The afternoon was spent on the river which gave a completely different view and photo opportunities than from land. Sailing up close of bathing elephants were truly impressive and not to mention passing close by the hippos. 

If time permits when returning to the Victoria Falls Hotel try get as fast as possible along the private path to the falls before the park closes for the day. Are you lucky you can get some beautiful sunset shots. Finish the evening with a tasty crocodile dish at the terrace at the hotel while listening to the thundering falls in the distance.
 

Day 3

Watching powerful and impressive waterfalls means getting wet and sometimes it's hard to get the real extent of the falls due to all mist in the air. The answer to that one is a helicopter ride above the falls and that's absolutely a must do if you want great photos from above and get that overall look. We caught a ride in the morning to be able to get back and explore the falls from the park by foot before noon. The park isn't that big and the trail along the cliffs only takes around two hours including photo stops. Prepare to get wet from the mist and bring some kind of water proof kit for your camera. 

Unfortunately, in our case the Victoria Falls Hotel was fully booked for a third night stay during our period so another solution had to be found. The Victoria Falls are divided between Zimbabwe and Zambia so it wasn't that hard to decide where to go. 
After check out we crossed the border with car over the Victoria Falls Bridge which was a great experience in itself.

On the Zambian side, we checked in at the nearby The Royal Livingstone Hotel which has its own trail for getting to the viewing areas of the falls. Compared to the classic Victoria Falls Hotel, this hotel was more like a resort with a nice garden and pool area. It was some hours past noon so time for the traditional afternoon tea here as well. Don't be afraid if it suddenly appears a herd of zebras grazing the lawn of the gardens. After the tea and some heavy showers it was time to see the falls from this side. The Zambian side offers a completely different perspective of the falls with a view along the ravine compared to more or less standing at cliff side at the Zimbabwean side. After getting back to the resort don't miss the great terrace and bar by the river for a local beer in the sunset as watching the mist from the falls the last time.
 

A helicopter ride above the Victoria Falls is a must-do!
 

Impressive aerial view of the falls!
 

A great aerial view of the town, the bridge and the falls of course!
 

If you dare, you can take a guided tour to the Devil's Pool by the cliffs...must be really thrilling and not harmless I guess!
 

The Devil's Pool
 

This three days itinerary began with a South African Airways flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and then back from Livingstone, Zambia to continue a three weeks adventure in South Africa. 
 

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The very last days of 2017 is here and it's about time to post this year's Top 10 travel photos. The highlight of this year's travelling is of course my first ever visit to Australia with my wife and at that time 7 months old daughter. This trip alone could easily fill the whole top list with great photos that was generated during three weeks down under. 

Having a child doesn't mean you have to stop travelling which I first thought, for us it only meant that we chose our destinations more careful to suit all our needs. In fact the travel year of 2017 has been one of my very best travelling years so far. Apart from Australia, the destinations included a great road trip in the Eastern Europe covering around ten countries and also three classic sun destinations, Gran Canaria, Nice and Malta.

I hope the travel year of 2018 will be just as good as the one we are leaving behind with new destinations and experiences. Two intercontinental trips are already booked for the coming year and it will most probably be more in the planning phase. Until then enjoy my Top 10 travel photos!
 
Happy New Year!
 

Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House,  Australia
 

Lake Skadar Horseshoe Bend, Montenegro
 

St Mark's Church in Zagreb, Croatia
 

Koala in eucalyptus tree at Victoria, Australia
 

Maltese balconies at Valletta, Malta
 

Stari Most in Mostar, Bosnia and Hercegovina
 

Sand dunes at Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
 

Blue Grotto, Malta
 

Hvar Island, Croatia
 

St Kilda Pier in Melbourne, Australia
 

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Back in Scandinavia after a four week long stay in Toulouse and the flight training to become an Airbus pilot. The days went by really fast and the few hours left of the day was mostly spent in the room to study. When time and weather allowed I treated myself with some photo opportunities in Toulouse of course. 

The top sights of Toulouse are mainly concentrated to the old city centre and within easy walking distance. The number one on my list is a bit further out from downtown though and it would be unfair not to choose the Aeroscopia Aeronautical Museum and Toulouse Blagnac Airport.

Here it is, my top 5 list of what to photograph during your stay in Toulouse!
 

1. Aeroscopia Aeronautical Museum/Toulouse Blagnac Airport

If being an aviation enthusiast or not, you just have to visit the Aeroscopia Museum to have a look of all historic aircraft on display there. The highlight is of course the former Air France Concorde, try to be creative and get some rare angles of this beautiful aircraft.

Toulouse Blagnac Airport is also home to Airbus and several assembly lines of its aircraft family. Spend some hours around the airport and you will definitely be able to photograph when Airbus performing test flights. Are you really lucky you will even see the biggest passenger aircraft ever built, the Airbus A380, or the brand new Airbus A350-1000 or even the transporter aircraft which looks like a Beluga.
 

2. Victor Hugo Marché

The French food is widely recognised world wide and at this centrally located market, you will see all kind of delicacies and odd ingredients this cuisine has to offer. Be there early in the morning to be able to shoot most of the fresh goods before they are sold and  to experience the hectic commerce.
 

3. Basilica of Saint-Sernin

There is several buildings in the old city centre of Toulouse which is well worth a photo. Many of the buildings seems to originate from the same era and are similar in design with its "pink" brick and high towers. The Basilica of Saint-Sernin is my favourite and is also on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 
 

4. Le Pont Neuf

A beautiful old bridge over Garonne River which looks especially good during the golden light or during night. There is several other beautiful buildings along the walking path at the riverfront which can be added to the scene if you got a wide angle lens.
 

5. Old City Centre

A walk through the old city centre of Toulouse and its small cobbled streets give perfect opportunities for photos almost anywhere. This one is from Rue de Taur with the Église Notre-Dame du Taur and its towers.
  

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No update on the blog for a while and there is of course a reason for that. Right now and during the last couple of weeks I have been down in Toulouse in the southern France at the Air bus Training Center. On behalf of my employer Scandinavian Airlines, I am doing a type rating course for the Airbus A320 family aircraft that gradually replace the Boeing 737 fleet in the airline. In this case the training is located on site at the Airbus very own Training Center at the Toulouse Blagnac Airport. A full type rating consists of approximately six weeks of training including theoretical course, sessions in an aircraft procedure trainer and full flight simulator.

Airbus is the biggest employer in Toulouse of course and around 21.000 people are employed at this site. The airliner manufacturer houses facilities and assembly lines all around the airport perimeter. All different aircraft types are assembled here like the A320, A330, A350 and giant A380 double decker.

What to do in Toulouse while having a little of spare time? Of course Airbus has taken the opportunity to make business out of letting people visit the assembly lines and showing the process how to assembly an aircraft. You can join the A380 and/or the A350 tour which give you and insight of the construction process as well as a round tour on the production site within the airport perimeter. Unfortunately you are not allowed to take any photos during the tour and the same restriction apply for the training. It's still very interesting of course and I can truly recommend the tours.

Anyhow the tours begin at the north side of the airport at the Musée Aeroscopia which you must visit in connection with your Airbus tour. Here you will find the history of aviation and the history of Airbus itself with one of the very first prototypes of Airbus first aircraft, the Airbus A300. Inside the huge hangar you will also see several other smaller aircraft but there is also one of the bigger, the old Super Guppy. This aircraft was used to transport the different parts such as wings, fuselages etc. between the different production sites in Europe for the final assembly. This aircraft has now been replaced by the Beluga, named after the whale due its look alike appearance. The highlight of the museum is actually outside where you can see the most beautiful airliner ever created the supersonic Concorde in full Air France livery. There is also an old Caravelle and Airbus newly produced military aircraft, the A400M. 

You can't visit Toulouse without making a visit to Let's Visit Airbus and the Musée Aeroscopia, two combined tours plus a visit to the exhibition takes about five hours.
More of Toulouse is coming up later on the blog, enjoy some the aircraft which can be seen in the exhibition hangar until then!
 

The first aircraft manufactured by Airbus, the A300, on display in the hangar.
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The Airbus Skylink, Super Guppy, together with some other historical aircraft.
 

The Concorde prototype on display inside the hangar
 

The tail fin of the prototype Concorde inside the hangar
 

The Super Guppy on a closeup
 

The engines of the superonic Concorde
 

The Airbus Skylink, Super Guppy, together with some other historical aircraft.
 

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No other island seems to be so famous for its honeymooners as the small island of Bora Bora. Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in the archipelago of French Polynesia, it sure is isolated from rest of the world. Flight time of 24 hours from Scandinavia in the best case of connections makes it not the everyday holiday destinations.

Hopefully you just marry once so my wife and I decided to make that special visit to Bora Bora as our honeymoon three years ago. As always I usually want to fly the national carrier of the country, in this case Air Tahiti Nui was the choice. The airline operate a direct flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle all the way to Papeete with just a short enroute stop in Los Angeles. The Polynesian atmosphere and hospitality was greeted already when boarding the beautiful painted Airbus A340-300.
 

Window view of the four engined Airbus A340 above the Pacific Ocean
 

To get most out of our visit to French Polynesia, we made a combination stay at two Pearl Beach Resorts on the island of Moorea and Bora Bora. Since the Air Tahiti Nui flight back home depart from the main island of Tahiti we also got one day and night in Papeete to explore.

Bora Bora was the reason why going to French Polynesia and after a four nights acclimatization on Moorea to the easy going Tahitian living it was time to catch the domestic flight to Bora Bora. The domestic airline called Air Tahiti operates ATR aircraft around the Tahitian islands, which covers an area as big as Europe. The flight was around 1,5 hours and the airport was located in the edge of the lagoon with boat as the only transportation option to your resort. 
 

The national flower Tiare which you were greeted already when boarding the Air Tahiti Nui aircraft in Paris/Charles de Gaulle
 

The overwater bungalows at the Pearl Beach Resort at Bora Bora
 

Enjoying the national dish, Poisson Cru, in the overwater bungalow
 

From the first impression when arriving to Bora Bora was a feeling of paradise. That feeling got even better when opening the door to our overwater bungalow with crystal clear water underneath and beautiful views of the lagoon and Mount Otemanu. This would be our home for the coming five nights and we didn't leave the bungalow more than neccessary. Vacation mode was on and the days went by doing not that much else than sunbathing and snorkeling. The Tahitian sun was extremely warm so it was great to stay close to the water even though the swims didn't cool you down that much. Lunch was either eaten at the greater complex by the beach or as we mostly did ordered it to the bungalow. The dishes was of course mainly from the sea and don't miss to taste the national dish called Poisson Cru.
 

My wife enjoying the sun from the terrace of our overwater bungalow
 

Paradise beach

Great view of Mount Otemanu when waking up
 

Paradise beach with palms and fine grained white sand
 

What to do more on this paradise island apart from sunbathing and snorkeling? My wife and I want to explore and get most out of all our trips and this time was no exception even though we were a little more relaxed than usual. There is especially two activities you can't miss when being at Bora Bora in my opinion.

To really experience the true beauty of this paradise a helicopter ride is a must-do. I can't say anything else than I really recommend you to do the same. It might be a little prizy but it's worth every polynesian franc. The lagoon looks almost surrealistic from above and among the most beautiful view I have ever seen. I didn't know there was so many shades of blue and turquoise. The flight is about 15 min and we were lucky to have a helicopter pad at our resort. From there the routing took us around the edges of the lagoon to get up close to all other overwater bungalow resorts and then a close fly-by of the top of Mount Otemanu. In our case we also passed by the airport on our way back to the resort and managed to see an Air Tahiti ATR aircraft taking off. The flight was short but the same goes with the island so no problem to see it all. It was a truly amazing experience to see everything from above, more photos from the flight can be seen in the French Polynesia gallery.
 

This captain has probably one of the most beautiful offices out there
 

The 15 minutes helicopter flight offered spectacular views of Bora Bora and the lagoon
 

The shades of blue and turquoise are just amazing
 

The overwater bungalows as seen from above
 

Another great activity to recommend is to swim with sharks. There is several operators doing the cruises onto the reef where you find the blacktip shark. If everything seems alright with the sharks according to the instructors, you are free to jump right in and take a swim with a great number of those blacktips. During our snorkeling we also had some rays which actually were even more indiscreet. A truly memorable experience and I can assure the pulse was a little faster than usually when entering the water. The blacktip sharks shall be harmless to people and fortunately even to us that day. 

The transportation to/from the reef also included some great views of the lagoon, Mount Otemanu and the other resorts which passed by quite close. Finally the cruise ended up with a visit to a small rescue center for sea turtles and other endangered species in the area. 
 

My wife swimming with blacktip sharks
 

A lot of black tip sharks around you
 

As you can see from the photos from the air, the water in the lagoon is crystal clear and most of the bottoms on the shallow parts around the resorts are missing corals. By our Pearl Beach Resort there was actually several corals planted which you could explore up close. A lot of different species of colorful fishes had found their new homes here but most of the time you just had to jump into the shallow water to see some fish below or around your bungalow. From time to time even rays came swimming below the bungalows. Since I had brought my underwater house to the camera, I found it very interesting to be shooting half under/over surface shots when snorkeling around and had no problems spending several hours in the warm water.

I guess Bora Bora is not the destination of choice if you are cost conscious. It might be a pricy airline ticket just getting there and certainly a long journey from almost anywhere in the world. Anyhow, if you have the possibility I don't think you will regret spending the honeymoon or holiday for that matter at Bora Bora.

This is paradise!
 

Air Tahiti Nui Airbus A340-300 direct service to Paris Charles de Gaulle via Los Angeles
 

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A visit to the island of Gozo is a must-do when visiting Malta which can be done for a day trip or longer. We decided to spend a full day at the island and planned the activities carefully to get out the best of the day especially photography wise. Unfortunately we managed to nail the Independence day when most of the Maltese people were free and gladly spent the day at Gozo as well. Anyhow the crossing with the Gozo Channel Line ferries went smooth despite the crowded car lanes at the ferry dock. It's not possible to make a reservation for a certain departure time so just place yourself in line. We were quite lucky though that there was an additional ferry that day so we only had to wait for a 45 minutes to drive onboard.
 

Gozo Channel Line ferry with Malta island as backdrop
 

The weather was quite calm and the crossing went smooth, I truly recommend to be standing on the sun deck to get a glimpse of the Blue Lagoon on the smaller island of Comino during the crossing. You will also have the chance for some great photos of Gozo when approaching the island. After leaving the ferry we drove to the Church of Rotunda of Xewkija which was visible in the distance already from the ferry. The church is best enlightened during the morning which makes it good as a first photo stop.

The next stop was the most tricky one to find during our whole stay on Malta. I really can't understand why this beautiful view of the Ta Cenc cliffs hasn't been the main attraction after the fall of Azure Window. There was really no sign where to go to find the spot but drive to the village of Ta Cenc and then try to find a small gravel road leading to the Ta Cenc cliff restaurant. Just a few hundreds meters down the road you get a beautiful view of the Rotunda of Xewkija church on your left and shortly thereafter you can see an even smaller gravel road leading to the right. We parked the car here and walked along the small path and after 15 min you get the first glimpse of the beautiful limestone cliffs. There is several good photo spots along the cliff edge but be careful, it's a long way down to the water!
 

The best view of the Church of Rotunda of Xewkija was actually from the gravel road on the way to the Ta Cenc cliffs.
 

I really don't understand why the Ta Cenc cliffs haven't become the main attraction of Gozo, especially after the demise of the Azure Window...spectacular views!
 

My wife and daughter on top of the impressive Ta Cenc cliffs
 

My first thought when planning the Gozo day trip was to be as early as possible at the Azure Window to get less people at the island's main attraction. After studying the light conditions both at the Ta Cenc cliffs and the Azure Window, I found it much better to make the stop at Ta Cenc first to get that limestone cliffs nicely illuminated of the morning sun. I guess a sunset photo when facing the sun will creat some nice effects of the limestone cliffs as well if you have the opportunity.

Anyhow the next stop coming up was planned to be the Azure Window and nearby attractions of Dwerja Bay. The spot turned out not to be as crowded that I first thought and there was no problem at all getting some clean shots of the remains. The light was actually perfect during the noon as well. We went for a lunch in the touristic restaurant located at the site but the dishes was great and tasty. Some air condition and shadow for our one year old daughter was about time after been sleeping in the baby carrier earlier during our hike to the Ta Cenc cliffs. There is several more attractions to be done at Dwerja Bay than just looking at the remains of the Azure Window but a small child didn't make it a good idea to catch a boat ride or swimming to the Inland Sea through the cliff hole. We got some shots of the remarkable Fungus Rock before leaving for our next stop. 
 

Trying to be creative when the your are six months too late...
 

Dwerja Bay and the remains of the Azure Window
 

The hole leading to the Inland Sea
 

The Fungus Rock
 

A short drive to Ta Pinu, another beautiful church which could be seen already on the way to Dwerja Bay. It could be a good idea to make a short stop at the church before Dwerja Bay if you want the church in even better light. After Ta Pinu it was time to aim for the northern parts of the island to see the salt pans located there. It was a little tricky to find the right way and when you find it will definitely surprise you both quality wise and and how narrow it is from time to time. Anyhow some nice views can be obtain along the route of the sea and a yellow colored moon landscape. After a while you will see the first salt pan in different layouts and shapes.
 

Small and narrow country road well worth drive with spectacular views everywhere
 

Beautiful landscape of limestone formations along the road
 

One of many salt pan locations along the north shores at Gozo
 

It's now already afternoon and we haven't yet been to the capital of the island so that will be our last stop. Victoria or Rabat as the locals call it, located almost in the middle of the island. The main attraction, the Citadel, is elevated with walls and could be seen from far away. Our stop was very well in time for a locally produced ice cream from a ice cream bar on the main street. The Citadel as I said is elevated and require a steep walk up the streets for getting there. The view from the walls is beautiful and it's interesting to walk around the small alleys inside the Citadel. Outside the the Citadel there is a beautiful church and a square with restaurants worth a look. For our part we were quite satisfied with our full day at Gozo so it was time to go back to Malta. A 20 minutes drive to the ferry dock which was just as crowded as it was in the morning. Lucky this time as well to get onboard one of the ferries which was docked at the moment. The crossing took about 25 minutes and from the sun deck we had our last view of Gozo and Comino.
 

The Citadel at Victoria (Rabat)
 

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Early fall vacation this year and my family and I decided to extend the summer for a visit to the Mediterranean island of Malta. This was my 70th country to be visited and a country which have been in the planning phase for several years. Now finally the time was right for a visit but unfortunately a little too late to see the famous landmark of Azure Window on the nearby island of Gozo. This famous attraction collapsed earlier this year after a storm which made the pillar to collapse after several years of erosion. 

Apart from a visit to Gozo there is also a lot other interesting things to see on the main island. Malta is a really small island and one of the most dense populated areas of the world. Everything is is within a short drive but the traffic could be intense and the road network quality not the always the best but it's still worth to rent a car to explore the island further. More blog post of Malta will follow during the fall!

The Azure Window or at least the remains of it on the island of Gozo.
 

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The hurricane season has arrived in the Caribbean and this time the hurricanes seem to be stronger than ever. The most powerful hurricane ever recorded named Irma passed by the French/Netherlands island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten last week with full force and with large destruction all over the island as consequence. 

The island of Sint Maarten is also the place where you find the famous Maho Beach where the aircraft comes in low over the beach for landing at Princess Juliana Airport. The airport recorded some breaking wind strengths of gusts up to 160 kt! 
The classic Sunset Bar where you can eat and have a drink while watching landing aircraft was completely destroyed. Nearby hotels sustained major destruction, not to mention the beach and airport itself. 

Maho Beach has been a paradise for flightspotters for years and people from all around the world go here to get those amazing photos of low passing aircraft. It seems that even the non aviation interested people gets thrilled about the action and becomes a flightspotter for the day at the Maho Beach. Hopefully the hurricane Irma doesn't put the end to this spectacular tourist attraction.
 

Air Caraïbes Airbus A330-200 passing low over Maho Beach
 

Back in October 2013, I was fortunate to tick off this destination of my bucket list. Sint Maarten was just as great as I had anticipated and even exceeded my expectations. To my great suprise the small Maho Beach was just awesome with finegrained sand and the warm water, probably the warmest I have ever experienced. 

Since Sint Maarten is one of the four constituent countries of the Netherlands, the links to and from Europe is well developed and operated frequently. I wanted to fly the KLM Boeing 747 to the island of course and when boarding the large jet at Amsterdam/Schiphol a big dream was about to come true. Some 8 hours of flight time in my window seat on the left side we were on approach to the famous runway 10 at Princess Juliana Airport. 

After a fast and efficient immigration process, at least for EU citizens, I went directly to the nearby hotel for check in. The choice of hotel was probably just as obvious as the choice of flight to the island - Sonesta Maho Beach Resort. The hotel is the one you can see in the background on almost all photos shot at the famous beach. It offers splendid views of the approach to runway 10 and I had arranged already in advanced a "flightspotter" room on the top floor with balcony facing the beach.
 

Window view of Maho Beach on final rwy 10 at SXM - Priness Juliana Airport
 

Air France operates also widebody jet into St Martin, in this case Airbus A340-300.
Shot from the rooftop at the Sonesta Beach Resort.
 

Rooftop view from Sonesta Beach Resort with great views of the runway and the people standing at Maho Beach watching the departing aircraft.
 

The action of arriving aircraft start at early noon and you can follow the flow of traffic by the surf board at the Sunset Bar located at the other end of the beach compared to the Sonesta Beach Resort. It's from the bar or in its proximity you get those classic Sint Maarten shots of low passing aircraft. If you want to be more creative you have the whole beach to find your angle of choice, one thing for sure is that you will not be alone at the beach.

There is of course some other good spots around the airport perimeter fence but I guess the shots at the beach is the reason why you go to Sint Maarten in the first place. You will have no problem spending the whole day along the beach shooting, swimming and having something to eat and drink at the Sunset Bar. Departing traffic is just as spectacular as the landings and every movement can be seen from the beach as well. The perimeter fence is partly blocking the chance to get clean shots but you can manage to shoot through the holes in the fence. Beware of the jet blast as this can cause and have caused serious injuries or even death to people standing by the fence just for the fun of it.
  

The surf board displaying the arrivals of the day
 

Local Carib lager beer by the beach
 

Sunset Bar by Maho Beach
 

This is what you shouldn't do...
 

...better to just do it for the show (me in this case)
 

Otherwise try to be a distance away from the centerline as I am in this shot. As you see the perimeter blocks the view of the aircraft while lining up.

The result from the spot above while the aircraft lining up runway 10.
 

Apart from KLM and Air France, there is several other airlines operating in and out of SXM like local airlines in the Caribbean and mainly from USA.
 

Sadly since my visit almost four years ago, the hurricane Irma has hit this paradise hard but hopefully not worse than it can be rebuilt as soon as possible. Another sad thing is that KLM decided to discontinue its Boeing 747 operation on the route to Sint Maarten last year. The route is still operated by a heavy Airbus A330 but nothing beats the "Queen of the skies" coming in low over Maho Beach.

Sint Maarten has of course a lot more to offer than watching aircraft at Maho Beach but more about that in another blog post, you can view my full gallery until then by clicking the link below. Flightspotter or not, at Sint Maarten everyone becomes a spotter for the day!
 

Sadly this beautiful view of the KLM Boeing 747-400 is now history

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In the last days of summer and beginning of the fall the Swedes just get crazy about a true classic happening - crayfish parties. If you want to do the whole thing right you should fish them yourself, cook them in tasty recipe of salted water, beer, a lot of dill and other spices to get the best of flavours and then invite to a crayfish party. The crayfish is served together with Västerbotten cheese pie and other local delicacies and not to forget the local spirits shots. To get the party feeling the entire seating area is decorated in all kind of paraphernalia with printed crayfish motive and all guests are wearing funny hats and bibs.

The crayfish are imported from all around the world and you can buy them in the stores during a limited period of time if you don't want to fish them yourself. The local crayfish are the best of course and if you are visiting Sweden in this period of the year try to be part of a classic crayfish party!
 

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