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    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.…

  • AF,  belgium,  citytrip,  europe,  gent

    Sightseeing in our own city

    We love to travel. Hell, I’d even say we live to travel. We love to go and explore. But, it doesn’t always have to be the other end of the world for it to be good. So, when the weather is great (toddler restriction: we don’t really enjoy heading out in 5°C and pouring rain with our almost 3-year old…), we often head out in Belgium as well. All in all it has been a crappy spring so far. But on the 1st of May, which is a holiday here, we got lucky. Twice: the weather was great, and in Gent there were some excellent activities to celebrate the 1st…

  • AF,  belgium,  citytrip,  europe,  gent,  kidstravel,  where to go: belgium

    A museum for parents and kids

    As I told you guys in our previous post, we love to go exploring. Far away and closeby. On a cold and rainy day in May (there seem to have been many of those in May so far…) we set of to visit the Designmuseum in Gent. Now this museum has one clever benefit: it has a magical way to get kids excited about the museum, so parents can enjoy it as well. It is such a simple idea, but very effective: they have hidden little Playmobil figurines throughout the museum. Animals, princes and princesses, a space traveller… Older kids get a binocular and a guidebook to cross them off…

  • AF,  belgium,  citytrip,  europe,  gent

    Every season has its glory…

    … and so does fall 🙂 Today we went out on a beautiful, sunny day and took a pretty challenging 14,7 km walk near Gent. Challenging, because we are not walking alone: we had the dog (neverending energy, pulls his leash even after nearly 15 km!) along with us and a stroller with 13,5 kg of precious load in it. Febe did walk some bits now & then, but ofcourse her little legs can’t handle the full loop. The walk took us to the area of Bachte-Maria-Leerne, very close to Gent, making this an ideal getaway for those who visit the city & want to see a bit more of…

  • AF,  belgium,  europe,  themed posts,  unesco world heritage

    Biketowork

    A while ago, this was circulating on my facebook page. I’m not a person who blindly likes everything I see on there, but I did not hesitate for a split second to like this one. Those who know me, or follow our account on twitter or facebook, probably know I ride my bike to and from work each day. I cheat a bit, because I live a good 30 km from work, so I take a train in between my two bikerides. It’s quick, fast, easy, healthy, good for the environment and your wallet. And it’s not that hard to do. I’m not one of those manic bikers, that crawl…

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

    Capturing Gent by night

    Lately I’ve been dragging my camera along pretty much the whole time. Lucky for me, I have a Canon Powershot A640 – so it’s pretty compact 😉 I’ve always liked taking pictures, but got really addicted when I got my smartphone a couple of years ago. Suddenly I had a camera on me all the time. But that smartphone is getting a bit older, and when I try to use the camera now, he just reboots. And reboots. And reboots. And I missed having that camera on me… A couple of weeks ago I decided to just take my Powershot along with me. It’s a little less flexible than a flat…

  • AF,  belgium,  europe,  unesco world heritage

    The little gem that is Kortrijk

    In our search for UNESCO world heritage belfries and béguinages, we have come across some remarkably beautiful little cities in Belgium. In fact, our world heritage quest has given us the perfect alibi to check out some cities in our country that we would probably never have visited that soon. Kortrijk is one of them. Last year, we did see a report about Kortrijk on our Belgian travel show (Vlaanderen vakantieland – Kortrijk voor hipsters), so I think we might have gone there anyway, someday. But the fact that Kortrijk has both a world heritage belfry ànd béguinage did speed up things a bit… Kortrijk is only a 45 minutes…

  • AF,  belgium,  europe,  germany,  themed posts

    Roa: streetart perfection

    Everybody knows graffiti. You have tags, which are often rudimental and are more to be seen as vandalism, but there’s also some real art in it. Annick has been a fan of streetart since she was a teenager (which is a long time ago) and the art developed a lot since then. Gent has always been a city that has tolerated streetart up to a certain point. We have the Werregoarenstroatje, which is a street in the centre of the city (near the city hall) where graffiti is legal. Most of it is often crap, but you can find some real nice stuff there sometimes.  You just have to be lucky I…