• 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 –…

  • themed posts

    How this works for us (travel planning)

    We call ourselves travel addicts. This, however, is not to be interpreted in the same way as for a lot of other travelers, who indulge in lifelong or, at least, years-long travel. We own a house, work dayjobs, have a wonderful little girl and quite a lot of pets. Given our reasonably high mortgage, travel is not a straightforward affaire for us. And I suppose this is true for a lot of people. However, this doesn’t mean it makes traveling impossible. What it needs is some travel planning. 1. Having clear priorities. For example, I tend to focus on UNESCO world heritage sites. This might seem to be limiting, but…

  • themed posts

    Couchsurfing. The world at your doorstep.

    Couchsurfing. To a lot of you, this might be something you don’t know yet. But it’s a thing of beauty. A way to meet travellers, much alike ourselves. A way to bring the world right at your doorstep. Couchsurfing is a hosting system. Travellers can find a local host to show them around, and most of the time, offer them a bed or couch to sleep on. It’s a way of travelling that is off the beaten track, and it can show you the real local life. One of my dear friends, Shira, got me all enthousiastic about this way of travelling. I decided to join the site about a…

  • 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…

  • AF,  belgium,  citytrip,  europe,  gent,  unesco world heritage

    Winter wonderland

    Gent – the three towers Last Friday, when we drove home from work, it started snowing. We haven’t had much of a winter yet, but now the days are longing, King Winter decided to hop on by. I’ve been struggling the whole of last week on my bike, with harsh temperatures ranging from -6°C to -9°C, and this night a freezing -15°C is predicted. Although the bitter cold is not my cup of tea, I always get childly enthousiastic when I see snow. I just have to go outside. See it. Hear the missing of sounds – I’m always fascinated by the way everything sounds different when it has snowed.…