• AF,  belgium,  europe,  kidstravel,  where to go: belgium

    Muziekbos

    We love fall. The colours of the leaves, the fresh air, the food, the cosiness at home… What’s not to love about it? One of our favourite things to do in fall is go to a forest for a nice, long walk. Forests in Belgium are hard to come by. One of our best is Muziekbos. Located in the heart of the Flemish Ardennes,  near Ronse, this forest has gentle slopes that make it look stunning. It’s beautiful in all seasons, but fall and spring are the best times to visit. In springtime the forest colours blue due to the bloom of thousands of bluebells – a phenomenon also spotted…

  • AF,  belgium,  kidstravel,  where to go: belgium

    China Light Zoo

    The zoo in Antwerpen is the oldest zoo of Belgium. In 2014 they celebrated the holidays the Chinese way: with a light festival. We decided to check it out and didn’t regret it. A big part of the zoo is illuminated with all kinds of animals, making it a light festival both adults and children can enjoy. This year, China Light Festival is returning to the Zoo of Antwerpen. Below you can find an impression of what you can expect. We are keen to go again! We entered at 18.00, when the festival opens, because we wanted to get back at a decent hour for Febe. If you are not going with…

  • AF,  belgium,  kidstravel,  where to go: belgium

    Planckendael

    A zoo is always a great idea with children. They all love animals and it’s a very educational place for them. We, as parents, especially like zoos with enclosures that simulate the natural habitat of the animals. For that reason, we have been visiting Pairi Daiza the last couple of years. They’ve got great enclosures, the park is decorated really well – which is especially nice for the parents, since the little ones don’t seem to notice that much – and they’ve got a really big playground in the middle of the park. It had been a while since we visited another zoo. Febes school issued a reward system for…

  • AF,  croatia,  europe

    How to make the most of your visit to Rovinj (Croatia).

    Istria is a triangular peninsula in the north of Croatia. It is well-known with tourists for its beaches, its campings and a relaxing swim in the Adriatic. In summer, it is really overcrowded and therefore a lot of travelers (note the difference with “tourists”) avoid this region in July and August. Last year (2015), there were a few reasons why we didn’t… First of all: we both work in education and July-August is the only period in which we can travel for more than 2 weeks. Secondly, we had to flee from Slovenia because of some seriously bad weather (non-stop rains). Istria was only a few hours drive from where we were…

  • AF,  belgium,  europe

    Hallerbos: a magical forest

    Bluebells in Hallerbos. Near Brussels, in Halle, you find Hallerbos – a forest that turns completely blue at the end of April. This phenomenon is created by the thousands of bluebells that bloom in that period. It makes for a fairytale experience and a must-do excursion if you happen to be in the area of Brussels in that period. After seeing many pictures pass by on our social media feeds this week, Annick & Febe decided to make the most of a rainy afternoon and headed out for a visit to the forest. You can easily check online if the bluebells are still putting up a show. The official website…

  • AF,  citytrip,  croatia,  europe,  pula

    Pula, a bit of Rome in Croatia.

    I’ve always had a keen interest in ancient culture, especially when it’s really really old. Whether it’s prehistoric, Egyptian, Persian, Greek, Etruscan or Roman (or anything inbetween), it has an extraordinary appeal to me. I really like old temple complexes, multicolored frescoes, sculpted pillars and weathered statues. Is it the mystery, the uniqueness, or just that it takes us back to a time where things were less complicated and much more authentical? Since my visit to the Pergamon Museum in Berlin in 2014, I have especially freshened my interest in Persian/Assyrian/Babylonian culture. I feel sad that I haven’t visited any Persian ruins before, and seeing lots of this heritage destroyed by iconoclastic fanatics in Syria…

  • AF,  england,  europe

    Hever castle and gardens

    In september I always do a bit of travelling’ without Maarten & Febe. In september 2013 that was a week in England with 87 of our students, and 7 colleagues. We discovered the coastal area of Bexhill-on-Sea & Hastings. One of the sights we visited was Hever castle, new on the programme that year. It’s the castle where Anne Bolleyn spent her childhood. The real attraction, for me at least, was not the castle itself, but it’s gardens surrounding it. In 2012 we visited Leeds castle, which has an enormous park-like domain around it. Hever castle has actual gardens, with stunning corners. At the end there’s a massive lake. Interesting side note: it was…

  • AF,  england,  europe,  unesco world heritage

    Canterbury cathedral

    When you arrive in Canterbury, you will find the Cathedral in the middle of the city centre, behind a small entrance. It hides behind some buildings and you can only really view it when you pay the entrance fee. Which is something you really should do, because it is one of the most impressive cathedrals we have ever seen. Maarten visited the cathedral when he was younger, and he mostly remembers its perpendicular style. The whole cathedral is dominated by vertical lines. I loved the cathedral and the cosy town of Canterbury around it. Both the interior and the outside of the building are impressive and I love the ruins…

  • AF,  england,  europe

    Very British

    British seaside – Dover Today we updated our Canterbury Cathedral entry. Maarten had visited the site in times when digital cameras did not exist. Those where the times you had to cover an entire trip with a picture roll of 12 or 24 pics, because that’s all mum & dad gave you. Half of those pictures, ofcourse, turned out too dark, too light or just blurry. Annick went to the U.K. in September 2012 on a trip with work (in her case that means with 65 15 year-olds), and got the chance to capture this beautiful spot on a sunny day. Having read Ken Follets ‘Pillars of the Earth’ only…

  • AF,  croatia,  europe,  unesco world heritage

    Magical, mystical, mosaical: the episcopal complex in Poreč.

    Cast away by Slovenian storms in the first week of our summer trip, we found refuge in the sunny but touristy peninsula of Croatian Istria. We were lucky in finding a suitable campsite on our second attempt already. We set up tent under some pine trees near Rovinj, still our favourite spot in the area. We did leave the peace and quiet in Slovenia, but that was replaced by the pleasant bustle of crowded narrow alleys, full tables at seafood-scented restaurants and the inevitable collection of shops selling everything from cuddly Minions to Smurfs-coloured icecream. We enjoyed roaming the alleys for their architectural beauty and cosy atmosphere, but the crowds…