• europe,  SZ,  Wales

    A short trip into Wales.

    Dragons, King Arthur, medieval castles, prehistoric tombs, a rugged coastline and an unintelligible language: for me, Wales always had this certain mythical feel to it. Since I visited the Pembrokeshire coast with my parents maybe 20 years ago or so, I just knew I had to come back one day. Even though Pembrokeshire was stunning, it simply isn’t representative for the rest of the country. Seriously, Wales has so many different faces to it that I think there isn’t any region in this country that can be seen as “representative”, or “typical”. For example, when standing in front of the Pierhead Building in Cardiff, who would ever suspect there is a 2000 km² wide massif of 1000m-high rugged mountains only 250km to the…

  • europe,  SZ,  the netherlands

    A weekend away in The Veluwe (The Netherlands).

    These last weeks have been very busy and stressful for me. For a teacher, the end of May is a period of making new exams, correcting lots of tests and assignments and reading your students’ theses. This means working long nights, all work and no play. And this for 3-4 weeks. Now that this period has come to an end, things are finally slowing down again. But we really needed to get away for a few days and have some family quality time. A few days ago, Annick was searching the internet for cycling trips with a parent-kid tandem bike. It’s an activity that’s on her personal bucket list and Febe has also been asking about it for…

  • amsterdam,  citytrip,  europe,  SZ,  the netherlands,  unesco world heritage

    What to do in Amsterdam

    A lovely tree in Vondelpark Amsterdam is a city with many sights. Annick has spent a couple of weeks there in total: some exploring on her own, others with work, tagging along 80 15 to 16 year old kids. We also took Febe to Amsterdam when she was only two, proving citytrips and (small) children go well. You can read all about that here! When you are visiting Amsterdam, what should you do? Amsterdam in a day Essential to see Amsterdam in a day is to walk around the canals, who are declared Unesco World Heritage. You can start from the Central Station (which is probably where you will arrive…

  • europe,  SZ,  the netherlands

    Foodtruckfestival Cuisine Machine

    An appetizer of mealworms to start off our day! Last week I got a message in my mailbox from the province of Zeeland, announcing that there was a foodtruckfestival in Vlissingen this weekend: Cuisine Machine. Since it’s my birthday on the 15th of May, I thought it would be a fun event to attend. Foodtruckfestivals are hip nowadays. It seems they are everywhere. The concept has always appealed to us, but we have never actually been to one – because we figured it might not be that great for our 5-year old. Cuisine Machine had that covered: with balloonmaking and jumping castles as entertainment for kids, we set off to Vlissingen…

  • europe,  slovenia,  SZ

    The coldest river on earth (dixit Febe…)

    Watersports on Soca river. One of the first things I saw when researching Slovenia was a river, with a colour blue so deep that in my mind it had to be photoshopped. It soon became thé bucket list item for Slovenia for me. I wanted to discover if it was really that blue. Originally we planned to stay near the river Soča for 3 days. We would go rafting and paragliding in the area. Bad weather made us change our plans: the mountains of Slovenia were covered in thick clouds, pouring rain and low temperatures for about a week. Not the ideal weather to go exploring with a 5 year…

  • europe,  slovenia,  SZ

    A beginner’s guide to bearspotting

    One of the observation huts.  Spotting wildlife is something that is high on our bucket list. We are both animal lovers and to see an animal in its natural environment: it’s an experience nothing much can top. We’ve both had our share of wildlife encounters: from a herd of wild horses in Sardegna, over a pack of wolves in Finland to a reef shark in the Dominican Republic, just to name a few. They all left us speechless. There are numerous species that we would still like to see, including the big five in Africa (although Maarten has already spotted some of those). Europe has its own big five as…

  • europe,  slovenia,  SZ

    The crown jewel of Slovenia.

    Judging from the number of blog posts we’ve already written about Slovenia, I think it’s fair to say by now that this country is a treasure-chest of travel highlights. Whether you are looking for some ancient culture, you are in need of some stress-reducing nature exploration or you just fancy a pleasant city break, it’s all there. Slovenia is a small country: only 20273 square kilometers (i.e. 7827 square miles). We’ve been there more than 2 weeks in August of last year,  made visits on a daily basis (usually even visited more than one place per day) and we still haven’t fully covered the western part of its territory. We hope that our posts can at…

  • europe,  SZ,  the netherlands,  unesco world heritage

    The windmills at Kinderdijk

    The typical Holland windmills at Kinderdijk. Just half an hour drive from Rotterdam, one of the largest cities in The Netherlands and well worth a visit, you find the windmills at Kinderdijk. We made a stop on our way south from our extended stay in Amsterdam. It was on our way home and Unesco Worldheritage, so the ideal stop for us to spend a few hours. Kinderdijk has 19 traditional windmills, alongside a canal. Combine that with the green meadows surrounding them and you have Holland at its best. These windmills have been used to dry out parts of the surrounding lands and are one of the examples of The…

  • europe,  SZ,  the netherlands,  Zeeland

    Zeeland

    The Delta works at Neeltje Jans. Though Zeeland is the region in The Netherlands most close to us, it was a region we hadn’t discovered yet. Maarten’s mum turns 70 soon and so the whole family set out for 5 days to explore Zeeland together. We must say that we were pleasantly surprised by the area. The region is less populated than where we live, so wide open spaces are everywhere. Agricultural fields seem to be at least 10 times as big as the fields around our house and the coastline isn’t anything like the Belgian coast. So, if you decide to visit Zeeland, what can you expect? Here’s some…