• europe,  sweden,  SZ

    Bearwatching in Sweden

    If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you know we are nature enthousiasts. Seeing a brown bear in the wild was still on our bucket list when we left for Sweden, despite previous efforts in Finland and Slovenia. While you can try to spot more abundant Swedish wildlife, such as moose, reindeer and foxes by driving around at dawn or dusk, brown bears are known to be quite shy and tend to run away when they hear human noises. We knew an observation hut would elevate our chances of seeing a bear in the wild. After some research on the internet we found Sara Wennerqvist. Sara runs the…

  • europe,  sweden,  SZ

    Things to do in Sonfjället with your kids…

    Sonfjället (or Sånfjället, if you want the correct and original spelling) is one of the 29 national parks in Sweden. The park consists of the Sonfjället Mountain and its surrounding forests. Due to its central location, this park is an easy addition to any road trip in the country, whether you come from the south, the north or the centre. And since it is only a 1-hour drive from Härjedalen Sveg Airport, it is also a short break opportunity. Because yes, Sonfjället is the ideal spot for a break from your busy life. Visit beautiful Sonfjället to immerse yourself in nature, tranquility and solitude. If you need some exercise, go…

  • camping,  themed posts,  traveltips

    Care plus water filter: your buddy for outdoor hikes!

    (picture source: bol.com) When we were planning for our trip in Sweden, we knew we would try to get a few really remote days in it: days where we would camp in the wild and be disconnected from it all. We planned a few hiking trips and a canoe trip. Having camped in the wild before, I knew that carrying water with you isn’t always that easy. It weighs a lot and you need a lot – especially in a warm & dry summer like we had in 2018. During my first long camping trip to Finland I used water purification tablets, to be able to drink water from natural…

  • israel,  unesco world heritage

    A day in Jerusalem.

    Jerusalem is a very popular travel destination, and for very different reasons. This is a holy city for all three monotheistic religions, which means it attracts quite a lot of pilgrims from all over the world. But there’s more. With its almost 5000 years of history and a plethora of cultural influences, Jerusalem has become a vibrant melting pot ànd an important tourist magnet. The combination of pilgrims and tourists naturally results in large crowds inside the city’s narrow streets, especially near the religious/touristic places of (P)interest. Some people would call it a pleasant atmosphere, others would say it is too much. Whatever your personal opinion, you will have to deal with…

  • camping,  europe,  sweden,  SZ

    Färnebofjärden & a canoe trip on Stora Kloten

    Färnebofjärden  national park brings you to a unique landscape formed by the river Dalälven, which spreads across large areas, creating spots that look more like lakes than rivers. We decided to spend a couple of days there. If you decide the park is worth a visit, make sure you protect yourself from mosquitos. We had a very dry period when visiting and it was only in Färnebofjärden that we got some unwelcome mosquito visitors. In normal summers, the mosquitos there come by the masses. Park staff advised us to bring a hat  with mosquito net attached, strong repellent and impregnated clothing. I can imagine we would’ve really needed those had the weather…

  • citytrip,  europe,  stockholm,  sweden,  SZ,  themed posts,  themepark

    48 hours in Stockholm

    During our Swedish roadtrip, we passed the capital Stockholm on our way to the middle of the country. We decided to explore Stockholm for two days, to get at least a taste of this magnificent city. In this blogpost we will give you our things to do in 48 hours Stockholm. We hope you find our tips usefull! Day 1 Start of your day on foot in Gamla Stan, the old historical neighbourhood. It has a fair share of important buildings, like the Royal Palace and the Parliament. Mostly, you’ll find cobbled streets, colourfull houses and cosy souvenir shops. Afterwards, pass the Royal Palace and head towards the water. You can…

  • AF,  denmark,  europe,  themed posts,  themepark

    Legoland Billund – Denmark

    When we set off on our roadtrip to Sweden, our sweet Febe turned 8 years old. We thought it would be a great idea to give her two days in Legoland Denmark as a birthday present. We needed a stop along the way to Sweden, and we could make it fit that she was there right on her birthday. It turned out to be a very fun two days for Febe and for us. We have visited quite some themeparks in Belgium and have been to Eurodisney last year. But we can say that nothing beats Legoland. Here’s why! 1. It’s huuuuge!  Although it’s only one park, unlike Eurodisney where…

  • asia,  israel,  unesco world heritage

    Exploring the coast north of Tel Aviv: a daytrip/weekend trip proposal.

    To some, Israel is known as the promised land. But for travelers, this country has much more to offer than only promises. It is a small country, but there is a lot to see and there is a lot to do. There are deserts for nature lovers, ancient ruins and medieval cities for amateur historians, (Mediterranean and Red Sea) beaches for avid beach-goers, a multitude of interesting places for bible enthousiasts etc. Accommodation is also easy to come by and the use of Air BnB is pretty common. In case you still need some advice on where to stay, we can tell you that Tel Aviv is a popular place since it’s a modern,…

  • AF,  belgium,  europe,  themed posts,  where to go: belgium

    Museum tip: the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

    Today Annick had a meeting in Brussels. Since it’s a school holiday, Maarten & Febe decided to hop on the same train and visit one of the nicest museums in Belgium, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. A real mouthfull, but it’s worth a visit. Here’s why! It has the largest European museum hall dedicated to dinosaurs. If you are fascinated by dinosaurs, or simply want to find out more about how they lived, what they fed on or how they looked like, this museum is the place to be. Their large dinosaur hall is about 3000 m² big and the displayed skeletons are impressive (even if you’re not…

  • asia,  israel

    Exploring Israel by yourself: some practical tips

    For Annick this was the second time in Israel. The first trip she traveled together with Shira, her friend who lives near Tel Aviv. Eleven years later, Shira still lives near Tel Aviv, but has twins… So we met up a few times, but traveling the whole time together was not possible this time around 😉 So, we set out on our own adventure. Israel is not a common travel destination. It is a stunning country though, with loads of highlights (nature, culture & food!), and should be on your to-do list as well – if you ask us. Some practical tips to get you started… Where to stay Israel…