• europe,  germany,  GL,  unesco world heritage

    Between a sausage and a smiling angel: a hot day in Regensburg.

    If there is one thing we learned from our visit to Trier last year, it is that the Romans have been doing some serious construction and city-building in once-Germania. A considerable number of German cities still contain original and well-preserved Roman architecture. The Romans’ never-ending thirst for conquering new tribes and annexing new lands eventually led them into the northern lands of the Germanic tribes. Around the first and second century AD, the Roman Empire reached its largest expanse under emperor Traianus. At this time, the northern border of the Empire consisted of the Rhine and Danube river system. Along those rivers, a number of important forts and, later, cities,…

  • africa,  egypt,  unesco world heritage

    The temples of Luxor and Karnak

    A young, happy me in the temple complex of Karnak. You can see the Hypostyle hall in the back (left).  Back in 1999 I was in my senior year of high school. We could choose our senior trip ourselves. It had to be something educational, and the whole class needed to attend the trip. After some brainstorming, we came up with Egypt. And so it was that we set off to discover the temples along the Nile between Luxor & Aswan. It was my first big trip abroad. I had only ever left the safety of Belgium and the Netherlands once, to go to Santorini in Greece with my godfather. Needless to…

  • 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…

  • europe,  germany,  GL,  unesco world heritage

    Upper Middle Rhein valley

    The famous Loreley rock. To be completely honest, our experience with the Rhine valley consisted of two separate visits. We visited Koblenz on a sunny afternoon and enjoyed every bit of it: taking some time at highlights such as the Vier Turme, Alte Burg, Florinskirche and St.-Kastor Basilica, eating delicious ice cream on the Am Plan Square and strolling around in a relaxed way until we finally reached the Deutsches Eck, where the Rhine and the Moselle converge. It was a great, sunny day and the water playground near the Deutsches Eck was big fun for the kids! A few days later, the weather was much colder, with rain and…

  • citytrip,  europe,  germany,  GL,  koln,  unesco world heritage

    Köln

    The Dom of Cologne, a gothic masterpiece, took 6 (!) centuries to be completed. During all this time, the builders stuck to the original plans. The place where the cathedral was built has been a place for catholic worship since the 4th century. The Dom is the first building you see when coming out of the train station. And it is an impressive sight! I visited the cathedral a couple of times and even climbed the stairs to the top. A magnificent view over Cologne and its surroundings was the welcome reward! Well worth a visit! Although the Dom itself is certainly a highlight in this city, we would love…

  • citytrip,  europe,  germany,  GL,  trier,  unesco world heritage

    Ancient history is always near… in Trier

    OK, so it did take me several days to come up with a good title for this blog post. I wanted it to rhyme, but I always came up with lame titles such as “We were here… in Trier”, “No beer… in Trier”, “No fear… in Trier” and even “Wir liebten das hier… in Trier”. All rubbish of course. The current title isn’t that much better, but it does at least cover the load: it is a fact that everywhere you look in Trier there is always some bit of history to be seen. The most obvious buildings are the Roman ones, but there’s much more to be discovered… I…

  • europe,  germany,  GL,  unesco world heritage

    Camping out in a Unesco World Heritage site

    Our tent at Gastätte Asel Sud. During our German stay this summer, we headed out for 3 days to the center of Germany. We wanted to visit two Unesco sites there: Kellerwald, which is actually named “Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany” and Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe. We had also seen in a Belgian TV show about the “big 5″ animals of Europe that the area had wild racoons as well and hoped we would spot one during our stay as well. We drove up to Edersee, a lake at the edges of the Kellerwald, without a strict plan and with our tent in the…

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

    Defence line of Amsterdam

    To start of our summer holidays in 2012, we headed to Amsterdam for 4 days. It was a memorable trip for multiple reasons. First of all – we went couchsurfing. For the very first time. A friend of mine got us all enthousiastic about this way of travelling, and it has given us numerous travel memories so far! For those of you who’d like more info on couchsurfing – visit www.couchsurfing.org . If you’d like to find us there, here’s a direct link to our profile. Always welcome to discover rural Eksaarde, or – more likely to your interest – Gent 😉 Secondly, it was our first citytrip with Febe.…

  • berlin,  citytrip,  europe,  germany,  GL,  unesco world heritage

    A snowy visit to Potsdam…

    Visiting Potsdam was a treat-on-the-side for our citytrip to Berlin in December 2014. Our original plan was to have a full day of exploring the park on the 25th (Indeed, on Christmas day). This would have meant leaving Belgium on Christmas Eve, after an evening of fine food and presents (but no alcohol, since I was driving…), and driving all night. We would have arrived in Potsdam somewhere early morning. A few days ahead, however, we decided against this plan, as we considered it too dangerous. So we had a good night’s sleep and left our home in the morning. As a result, we approached Berlin late in the afternoon,…

  • berlin,  citytrip,  europe,  germany,  GL,  unesco world heritage

    Wohnstadt Carl Legien, part of Berlin’s Modernism Housing Estates…

    This world heritage property consists of 6 social housing estates, all located in and around Berlin, built between 1910 and 1933. This was a period of social, cultural and political innovation and development (esp. the Weimar Republic). In this time, housing and living conditions for people with low incomes were greatly improved through a form of urban development implementing new approaches on architecture, planning and design (for buildings and their gardens). The housing estates are examples of garden towns, based on the concept of open housing. This concept tried to counteract the effect of proletarian mass housing and to recreate the people’s link with houses and nature. Four of the…