• AF,  denmark,  europe,  unesco world heritage

    Roskilde

    Today we decided to have an easy day. We had been in the car for way too many hours the past few days. In the morning we stayed relaxed at “home” and in the afternoon we drove to Roskilde, to see our second worldheritage site of the trip: the Domkirke. Roskilde is a town I have known for a long time because of the rockfestival that is held there annualy. Throughout my teen years I always dreamed of going there, but ofcourse had no option of actually doing so. And now I’m finally here, it’s nowhere near the time of the festival… Ah. Murphy! The town itself was really cosy.…

  • AF,  denmark,  europe,  unesco world heritage

    The day we found out it can be fucking freezing out here…

    Today we set off for our biggest daytrip of the week. We of course want to see all the Worldheritage sites present in the country, and Jelling is not so far from Silkeborg – where the Tollundman lies. He has been on my husbands mind since he was about 6 years old, so we couldn’t leave that one behind. Sunday was the only day both Jelling & Silkeborg Museet where open… so we found ourselves in the car again, going on the expensive bridge, again. Twice. The weather forecast for this week was actually quite good. Mostly about 9°C and sunny. They did predict a bit of rain for the…

  • AF,  denmark,  europe,  kidstravel,  traveltips

    Surviving a 1017km ride in the car

    For this worldheritage trip we decided to rent a cottage in Sjaelland, the island on which Copenhagen is situated. We wanted it to be as low cost as possible, so we decided to do the drive in one go. Since we both are absolute nightmares in driving at night, we started off at 6 A.M. this morning. Or well, that was the plan. We actually set off at 6.50. You know how it goes. You NEVER make it as planned 😉 But how do you survive a 1000 km drive with an active toddler & a nervous dog in the backseat? A few simple do’s & dont’s… 1. Make sure…

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

    The caves of Han-sur-Lesse: Belgium’s most amazing natural wonder

    If you ask a tourist to think about Belgium in terms of travel destinations, they might end up with a short list of highlights, including cities like Bruges, Ghent, Brussels or Antwerpen. Hence, our home country might appear to them as a mere collection of a few beautiful, old cities. I reckon this might be the impression of most tourists that visit Belgium as a stop-over between Paris and Amsterdam (or any other famous travel hotspot in Europe). However, this is a serious misconception. The cities listed above are all located in the northern region of Flanders, whereas the southern region (Walloon Provinces) is entirely different. Although Belgium isn’t at…

  • AF,  belgium,  europe,  unesco world heritage

    The Notre Dame Cathedral in Tournai

    This cathedral was built in the early 12th century, when gothic architecture was still in its infancy. Remarkably, the nave of the cathedral was built in Romanesque style, the choir is purely gothic and the transept with five impressive bell towers is built in a transitional style. The cathedral is located in the old centre of Tournai, a city with a history that dates back to Roman times. We were here in 2013. Our visit wasn’t planned at all. We actually wanted to go to the design museum in Gent, to fill up another grey winter day with a fun activity. But when we got into our car, we decided…

  • AF,  belgium,  citytrip,  europe,  gent,  unesco world heritage

    Gent & the light festival

    Gent is the city I was born & raised in. It’s the city where Maarten studied at University. It’s the city where we both still work, the city of our beloved football team K.A.A. Gent & the city where our daughter was born. We have a bond with it. And we consider it our mission to prove to everybody that it’s the most beautiful city of Belgium. Because, well, it simply is. You’ll see Gent pop up in our tweets & blogs every now and then. This first blogpost is about the light festival in 2012, held in the old city centre. Gent by night is always magical, but the light…

  • AF,  belgium,  citytrip,  europe,  gent,  unesco world heritage

    Winter wonderland

    Gent – the three towers Last Friday, when we drove home from work, it started snowing. We haven’t had much of a winter yet, but now the days are longing, King Winter decided to hop on by. I’ve been struggling the whole of last week on my bike, with harsh temperatures ranging from -6°C to -9°C, and this night a freezing -15°C is predicted. Although the bitter cold is not my cup of tea, I always get childly enthousiastic when I see snow. I just have to go outside. See it. Hear the missing of sounds – I’m always fascinated by the way everything sounds different when it has snowed.…

  • AF,  belgium,  citytrip,  europe,  gent

    Sightseeing in our own city

    We love to travel. Hell, I’d even say we live to travel. We love to go and explore. But, it doesn’t always have to be the other end of the world for it to be good. So, when the weather is great (toddler restriction: we don’t really enjoy heading out in 5°C and pouring rain with our almost 3-year old…), we often head out in Belgium as well. All in all it has been a crappy spring so far. But on the 1st of May, which is a holiday here, we got lucky. Twice: the weather was great, and in Gent there were some excellent activities to celebrate the 1st…

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

    A museum for parents and kids

    As I told you guys in our previous post, we love to go exploring. Far away and closeby. On a cold and rainy day in May (there seem to have been many of those in May so far…) we set of to visit the Designmuseum in Gent. Now this museum has one clever benefit: it has a magical way to get kids excited about the museum, so parents can enjoy it as well. It is such a simple idea, but very effective: they have hidden little Playmobil figurines throughout the museum. Animals, princes and princesses, a space traveller… Older kids get a binocular and a guidebook to cross them off…

  • AF,  belgium,  citytrip,  europe,  gent

    Every season has its glory…

    … and so does fall 🙂 Today we went out on a beautiful, sunny day and took a pretty challenging 14,7 km walk near Gent. Challenging, because we are not walking alone: we had the dog (neverending energy, pulls his leash even after nearly 15 km!) along with us and a stroller with 13,5 kg of precious load in it. Febe did walk some bits now & then, but ofcourse her little legs can’t handle the full loop. The walk took us to the area of Bachte-Maria-Leerne, very close to Gent, making this an ideal getaway for those who visit the city & want to see a bit more of…