• AF,  citytrip,  Copenhagen,  denmark,  europe

    Exploring Copenhagen

    Today, we visited the capital. Because the past days have been rather full and busy, we decided to focus on the northern part of the city and more or less stick to the highlights there. We started off this day in a lazy mood and finally arrived in Copenhagen around noon. After parking the car we first went to Amalienborg Slot, the official residence of the queen. We passed the impressive Marmorkirken with its dome inspired by the St-Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, and the Alexander Newsky Kirke in Byzantine style. Amalienborg Slot itself is a combination of a square, surrounded by 4 almost identical buildings. Although we missed the changing…

  • AF,  denmark,  europe

    Ancient rituals at Møn

    As a couple, we have quite some common interests: we both like heavy guitar music, world kitchen, soccer, gaming, nature in all its forms ánd ancient cultures. Personally, my interest in history stops somewhere in the Middle Ages (although I realised through our World Heritage travels that I can be easily motivated to enjoy some more recent historical sites as well…). So today, we got to focus on prehistorical and medieval remains on the small island of Møn, and we loved it! We got into our car for yet another road trip. First stop: Vordingborg. Not on Møn, but close to our holiday cottage on South Sjælland. Aim of our…

  • 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…

  • AF,  denmark,  europe,  kidstravel,  traveltips

    Surviving a 1017km ride in the car

    For this worldheritage trip we decided to rent a cottage in Sjaelland, the island on which Copenhagen is situated. We wanted it to be as low cost as possible, so we decided to do the drive in one go. Since we both are absolute nightmares in driving at night, we started off at 6 A.M. this morning. Or well, that was the plan. We actually set off at 6.50. You know how it goes. You NEVER make it as planned 😉 But how do you survive a 1000 km drive with an active toddler & a nervous dog in the backseat? A few simple do’s & dont’s… 1. Make sure…

  • 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,  kidstravel,  where to go: belgium

    The caves of Han-sur-Lesse: Belgium’s most amazing natural wonder

    If you ask a tourist to think about Belgium in terms of travel destinations, they might end up with a short list of highlights, including cities like Bruges, Ghent, Brussels or Antwerpen. Hence, our home country might appear to them as a mere collection of a few beautiful, old cities. I reckon this might be the impression of most tourists that visit Belgium as a stop-over between Paris and Amsterdam (or any other famous travel hotspot in Europe). However, this is a serious misconception. The cities listed above are all located in the northern region of Flanders, whereas the southern region (Walloon Provinces) is entirely different. Although Belgium isn’t at…

  • europe,  germany,  GL

    A city between two rivers: Koblenz.

    If there is one thing you can learn from visiting cities, it is the following: most big cities are located either close to the coast or alongside a river. In both cases, they are ideally located for any form of transport, whether it is for importing all kinds of necessities, trade or movement of troops. Consequently, the confluence of two major rivers must simply be the ideal spot to build yourself a city. And that’s exactly what the Romans thought when they arrived at the meeting point of the Rhine and Moselle rivers during their conquest of Germania. Julius Caesar was the first Roman commander to visit this area (55…

  • 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 –…