• africa,  morocco

    Getting some fresh air at Ouzoud Falls

    On Friday the 18th we took another daytrip with the guys from Sahara Desert Kingdom, this time to get some fresh air at Ouzoud Falls. The Ouzoud Falls are located about 150 km from Marrakech in the Middle Atlas. We had the privilege of having a private jeep with driver once again, which gave us the opportunity to take in the beautiful scenery along the way.   Olive trees grow abundant in the area. When we arrived at the village of Ouzoud, our private guide took us through a market to a small walk that leads to the first viewpoint over the waterfalls. They are about 110m high and best to…

  • africa,  morocco,  unesco world heritage

    Day three: the Berber side of Morocco.

    After an enchanting experience in fairytale Marrakech, we headed east on our third day in Morocco. This trip would take us far away from the city’s busy medina. We were picked up in the morning by Idir, our guide, and Mohammed, our driver, with their 10-year-old (but trustworthy and strong as a dinosaur, according to Mohammed) Toyota 4X4 Land Cruiser. We had booked this daytrip through www.saharadesertkingdom.com, a small tour company we got to know through Twitter. In a way, our shared interest in traveling brought us together, and the first acquaintance with Sandra (via mail) and Idir (in Morocco) was more like meeting friends than saying hello to your…

  • europe,  slovenia,  SZ

    Fun things to do in Ljubljana, even when it’s pooring rain…

    For a traveller, the weather is always that one undesired factor of unpredictability. Especially when you are having your summer holiday in a Mediterranean country (i.c. Slovenia), you don’t really anticipate long periods of heavy rain. But there we were, end of July, expecting lots of sun, but receiving a much more humid sensation… We were camping near Kranj, in the Julian Alps, and we were aware that the weather could be slightly unpredictable in this area, but 3 days of pooring rain was enough for us to leave for warmer conditions (in our case that was the northern coast of Croatia). During those three days, we were constantly in…

  • AF,  belgium,  europe

    Hiking around Bouillon

    During the Easter holiday of 2015 we spent 3 days in the Ardennes with Maarten’s family. His father turned 70 and that called for a celebration! Maartens parents travel to the area of Bouillon each year in fall, to enjoy hiking and good food. This spring their children and grandchildren were invited as well, to enjoy a good dose of nature with them. On the first evening we took a short warming-up walk in and around the town of Corbion, where our hotel was situated. On the second day we made a bigger hike, all the way down to the city of Bouillon and back up to Corbion again. It…

  • AF,  belgium,  europe,  unesco world heritage

    Grote Markt – Brussels

      This beautiful open square has outstanding architectural value, with buildings dating mostly from the 17the century. The earliest mention of activity on this place, is 1174. It was then called Nedermarckt (Lower Market). The present name came into use in the late 18th century. At the Grote Markt both public & private buildings surround the square. We have only recently started to get to know Brussels a bit more. By attending several concerts there, we have gotten to know the city a bit better. The whole city centre is nice for a stroll and the architecture is often of a remarcable beauty. In that area, the Grand Place or…

  • AF,  belgium,  europe,  unesco world heritage

    Historic centre of Bruges

      Bruges has been a very influential city in medieval times with regards to both commerce and culture. Both its spacial and structural organisation was conserved throughout the years and the city’s groundplan documents the different phases of its development. In the late 19th century, a renovation of the facades gave the city a neo-gothic look. As you will quickly see when you walk through the city, Bruges submerges you into a medieval atmosphere. The architecture is impressive and the cosy, narrow streets alongside the canals are great for a stroll. The city centre also bursts with musea focusing on the Flemish Primitives. We strongly recommend taking a boat trip…

  • AF,  belgium,  europe,  unesco world heritage

    Belfries of Belgium

    The Belfry of Ghent.   The 56 Belfries of Belgium and the North of France are belltowers of medieval origin (all built between the 11th and the 17th century), representing the transition from feudalism towards mercantile urban society. In this sence, they are strong symbols of the rise of civil liberties in the Middle Ages. Most of them are attached to the town hall or church. I guess for us the belfry of Ghent is a special one. On our way to work, we ride our bike up to this belfry each morning. The dragon on top of it watches over our city and for us, this is the most…

  • AF,  belgium,  europe,  unesco world heritage

    Flemish beguinages

    Beautiful red houses of the small béguinage in Ghent. In the 13th century the béguines (women who lived a religious life, but without any formal vows) founded the béguinages as closed communities where they could live and worship in a quiet environment. They are architecturally distinct unities within cities, composed of small houses, a church and a (mostly central) green space. Annick used to work in the small béguinage of Ghent as a social worker, but we also love visiting those areas of peace and quiet within the centre of other cities as well. The béguinages are often a bit hidden and feel like a separate village within the bounderies…

  • AF,  austria,  europe

    Winter wonderland

    It’s the holiday season, and nothing says Christmas more than snow. But King Winter doesn’t always provide a magical white blanket to indulge yourself in. Sometimes you have to go out and seek it… Back in 2002 I spent New Years in Austria, on my first – and last – skiing holiday. I didn’t really enjoy the skiing part. We were staying in a small ski-resort (mistake 1), and I didn’t take lessons (mistake 2). So for a beginner like me, there was only one little part to practice on… and it was the part where all the other slopes got together, resulting in great skiers wooshing down all sides…