• citytrip,  dusseldorf,  europe,  germany,  GL

    Düsseldorf part 2: summertime

    So, as I said in my previous post, we returned to Düsseldorf in the summertime. Twice actually: we started our German trip in the city, because Maarten wanted to visit an art-exhibition that had its last day on the start of our trip and after a week we returned, to spend some time with our friends and explore the Unesco Worldheritage sites in the area a bit more. We started our trip at the Königsallee again. Yes, it was a Sunday again, so free parking. The lane is actually even nicer in summertime, with all the trees green. The classy fountains were now also working, which added to the atmosphere.…

  • citytrip,  dusseldorf,  europe,  germany,  GL

    Düsseldorf part 1: springtime

    Germany was a rather blank spot for the both of us. We had been to Köln and Bremerhaven, but that was it. It’s a neighbouring country for us and I saw loads of wonderfull pictures by one of my travel addicted friends – Shira – who has been to Germany often. Time to explore Germany some more, we thought! We started of in Düsseldorf. Our friends Sandra & Tim live there and they were very keen on showing us their city. And so we set of in March 2014 for a weekend over. They live a bit outside of the actually city centre and first took us to Schloss Benrath,…

  • 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.…

  • amsterdam,  citytrip,  europe,  SZ,  the netherlands

    Keukenhof

    We were looking for an excursion on my birthday last week and we didn’t have much inspiration. It needed to be closeby, something we hadn’t done before and ofcourse something both fun for us and for Febe. And suddenly it hit me: isn’t this the period of Keukenhof? I checked the website and we were in luck: it was one of the final days. After a quick check on Instagram and Twitter to see if the park was still worth it, we decided to take off to the north of the Netherlands the day after. For those who have never heared of Keukenhof a little introduction. In the town of…

  • 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…

  • europe,  slovenia,  SZ

    Where to stay in Slovenia

    Slovenia isn’t a big country. From just about anywhere in Slovenia, you can reach all the sights within a two hours drive. That means you could basically stay in one spot your whole holiday. We decided not to, though. Since we were traveling with our 5 year old, a two hours drive one way is still a long drive. We chose spots quite central in a sort of triangle or square of excursions to be made. This meant we never had to drive further than 30-45 minutes to reach our sights. As most of you know, we love camping. Therefore, our first two reviews are campsite reviews. We love quiet,…

  • 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

    The very best of beautiful Bohinj…

    …according to our experiences, that is. Only 30 km away from its more touristy neighbour, Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj is much more than only a swim-inviting waterbody surrounded by picturesque Alpine mountains. It’s a popular spot with locals, whether they come for a refreshing swim or a (probably exhausting) climb up the slopes of the mountains. The largest glacial lake of Slovenia lies in the heart of the Triglav National Park, the only national park of the country. The highest peak in the Julian Alps, Mount Triglav, is located in the centre of the park and is a national icon. It can even be found on the flag of Slovenia!…

  • europe,  slovenia,  SZ

    To honour the Roman deceased in Šempeter… and go for and afternoon swim in Laško.

    Slovenia is a popular destination for travellers from all over the world, and for several reasons. First of all, it’s a small country, so you don’t have to travel far from your holiday home to reach the many natural treasures the country has on offer. Secondly, it is blessed with some astonishing and pristine nature. The country is dominated by the mighty Alps, with their mountains, lakes and icy rivers. The mountains provide the perfect backdrop for hiking trips, as well as paragliding experiences, rafting adventures and the like. Also, one shouldn’t forget that other natural wonder of Slovenia: the Kras (or Karst) region, a limestone plateau in the West…