• asia,  Bali,  Indonesia,  unesco world heritage

    Rice and Subak – Bali’s world heritage

    Rice. Those of you who have ever traveled through Bali, know very well how important this plant and its seeds are in the local cuisine, religion and culture of this island. The cultivation, production, practical utilisation and consumption of rice has been deeply rooted in everyday life in Bali for more than 2000 years. Rice is a popular and even essential ingredient of Balinese cooking. It is used as a side dish with almost every meal, so if you’re (un)lucky, you can have it as breakfast, lunch ànd dinner. Rice is a starch-rich staple food that is the primary food source in many regions of the world, but to the Balinese people it is much more than a source of food and life.…

  • AF,  england,  europe,  unesco world heritage,  United Kingdom

    Old houses and old stones: the Avebury/Cotswolds combo.

    I admit: I have a fascination for old things. Even when I was young, I wanted to become a paleontologist or an archaeologist (I became a biologist instead, which was another of my childhood dreams). I once volunteered at a dinosaur dig in Russia and that was an unforgettable experience. I never practiced any archaeology, though, but it never ceases to fascinate me. When we are planning our travels, I’m the one always nagging about Viking burial mounds, prehistoric towers, Etruscan graves, Roman graveyards and the like. I know Febe (our 6-year-old daughter) is usually not so enthusiastic about these things, but with the proper approach we always find ways to make such visits…

  • AF,  england,  europe,  unesco world heritage

    Why Bath deserves your attention

    When I was 14, I went to Bath for a language course. I remember the city to be pretty… and since we headed out to Wales last fall, I thought I’d revisit it. Because, after all, the things that mostly caught my eye back then were the pretty English teacher and Dr. Martens boots in all sorts of colours 😉 As a family, we were pretty amazed by what a day in Bath could give us. Here’s why this city deserves your attention: 1. Charlotte Street Car Park Bath is a compact city, as you can see on the map above. Most of the highlights are within walking distance. When…

  • AF,  citytrip,  europe,  france,  paris,  unesco world heritage

    Paris is always a good idea

    A famous quote by Audrey Hepburn… and one that is very true: Paris is always a good idea. Annick has visited the city in winter, summer and early fall. Maarten and Túrin once joined her, but the other occasions were with work or when she was younger. Having spent a couple of weeks there in total, she knows the city pretty well. Here’s her guide to Paris! To get an idea of the geography, open our public Paris map. You’ll see 4 layers: Paris in a day, in 3 days, in 5 days and tips for shopping and food. You might have to put some layers on to see it…

  • africa,  south africa,  unesco world heritage

    5 moments that made our visit to De Hoop unforgettable

    Last summer, we went on a road trip between Cape Town and Addo Elephant Park in South Africa. It was the first time Febe and Annick visited this country, and it was by far Febe’s most remote destination up to now. We had planned to turn it into a (relatively) low-budget, child-friendly, nature-oriented travel experience, and it didn’t disappoint! Although we had already done our fair share of nature exploration and wildlife-gazing (at the Cape of Good Hope NR, in Jonkershoek NR, on a whale-watching tour near Kleinbaai and in the magnificent Fernkloof NR), we definitely hadn’t reached our saturation level for indigenous flora and fauna yet. So we set out for The Hoop Nature Reserve. Covering…

  • africa,  south africa,  unesco world heritage

    The Great White and beyond: Hermanus and Gansbaai, South Africa.

    South Africa is a popular travel destination for a number of reasons. Since we went there this (European) summer (i.e. SA winter), we are starting to understand why. I think it is the combination of wildlife (safari), stunning landscapes, culture (from wood carvings to braai (= SA barbecue)), history (both ancient and recent) and delicious food and drinks (including Stellenbosch’s wines and the omnipresent biltong (= dried meat)) that makes this country worth a visit every moment of the year. South-African summer (October to February) is still the most popular period for tourists and travelers, although winter in SA also has a lot to offer! One of the highlights of…

  • africa,  capetown,  citytrip,  kidstravel,  south africa,  unesco world heritage

    Cape Town (and its surroundings) in three days and a 1000 impressions.

    After more than 24 hours of traveling between airports (Brussels-Madrid-Johannesburg-Cape Town), we finally arrived at CPT (Cape Town International Airport) around 5PM. Being August, thus South-African winter, the sun was already setting when we set off with our rental car towards our hostel in Cape Town’s Green Point. There were a number of hindrances that complicated us getting there: an unfamiliar car (I didn’t discover my 1st and 2nd gear until the next morning), driving on the “wrong” (left) side of the road, darkness falling, no gps, and taking the wrong exit. Moreover, we had read that Cape Town is one of the most dangerous cities in the world, and some…

  • kidstravel,  north america,  unesco world heritage

    10 best cities to travel to with kids in North America

    The world is an amazing place to explore and be lost in, but this is not always possible – especially when you have kids. Parents are worried about the safety and wellbeing of their children, which generally puts a large number of areas with extreme ends of climate out of the equation. Areas with political instability are also not considered anymore and there is one other factor to consider too. You have to make sure that the kids are always entertained. Otherwise it doesn’t take much for a trip which was expected to be fun to lose all its appeal. North America is brimming with great potential when it comes…

  • 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…