• 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…

  • europe,  slovenia,  SZ,  unesco world heritage

    Digging for liquid metal: heritage of mercury.

    As a chemistry teacher, I have a profound interest in the chemical elements that build our planet. As a geology enthousiast, looking for minerals is also a natural reflex for me. So if there is a world heritage site dedicated to the mining and exploitation of such a rare and peculiar element as mercury, I definitely want to see it. We’ve visited the ex-coal mine of Essen Zollverein last year and we loved it, so we were definitely looking forward to this one! I know that my students are always astonished about the sheer mass of a bottle of pure mercury. But that’s not the only reason why this element…

  • europe,  germany,  GL,  unesco world heritage

    Essen Zollverein: industry – history – beauty?

    When pursuing a quest to check out as much UNESCO world heritage sites as possible, one occasionally comes across some unexpected scenery. For example: a 19th-20th century coal mining site, such as the one in Essen (Germany). I must admit we were a bit prepossessed towards an industrial site, as we are nature-lovers with a heart for the environment. And industry, well, it just doesn’t match our way of life. Nevertheless, this site surprised us because of its history and remarkable architecture. Former boiler house and other Bauhaus buildings. Built in the 19th century and completed in 1932, this industrial plant bears the signature of the Bauhaus art school. Moreover,…

  • AF,  denmark,  europe,  unesco world heritage

    Castles and the search for traditional Danish food…

    Today we went to the Northern part of Sjælland, to visit two castles: Fredriksborg Slot in Hillerød and Kronborg Slot in Helsingør. We started off at Fredriksborg Slot, where we had the plan to eat a smørgasbord in Spisesteder Leonora, that should be located at the castle itself. Only: we couldn’t find it. And though we walked through a big part of the city centre, we couldn’t really find any restaurant serving Danish food. Plenty of Mexican, Sushi or Italian… but that was not really what we were looking for. We decided to kill of our biggest hunger with some pølse and get to Helsingør to visit the castle and…

  • 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…

  • europe,  SZ,  the netherlands,  unesco world heritage

    Waddenzee

    We recently discovered that the Wadden Sea was listed as Unesco World Heritage as well. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with them, since each year they add a few more sites to the list. So, this one is not one we visited together, but one I (Annick) ticked off before it was listed – when I was there for a week in 2004 (Wadden Sea was listed in 2009). Some of you know that I work as a student counselor in a school for kids aged 12-18. The last year, the 17-18 year olds, go on a sailing trip for 5 days in the Wadden Sea each year. In…

  • 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…

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

    The surroundings of Amsterdam

    Amsterdam is a popular destination, especially for those who focus on nightlife and shopping. Those of you who love a bit of culture, will also find more than enough to your liking. But did you know that you can also find peace & quiet just outside Amsterdam? Traditional Holland life is just around the corner… and worth a little detour if you ask us! Last time we visited the city we couchsurfed in Monnickendam, a little village along the coastline of the Gouwzee, and pretty close to well-known Marken, a pittoresque little village reachable by the small Zeedijk. At the time we were there, they had a sailing competion –…

  • 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…