• 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…

  • central america,  guadeloupe

    Route de la Traversée

    After our first encounters with the rich nature of the island, it was time for our first exploration. We drove our rental car through endless fields of banana trees up to the starting point of ‘la Route de la Traversée’, which roughly translates as the ‘Road of the crossing’. This beautiful road runs from west to east, crossing Basse Terre through the heart of the tropical rainforest, which is classified as national parc. Most people start the trip in Versailles (yes, it is a French island) and drive the D23 all the way up to Mahaut. At the start of the road, after about a good 6 km, you will…

  • central america,  guadeloupe

    Guadeloupe: pearl of the Carribean

    We have been travel blogging for a while now, but we have been traveling for much longer than that. In 2006 we met and in July 2007 we made our first trip together. As a destination we chose the tropical island of Guadeloupe. A dream trip and one we would love to show you! Guadeloupe is actually a part of Europe, since it belongs to the ‘Regions d’outre Mer’ (translates as ‘regions of the outer sea’) of France. This means that you can pay in € – which was a strange feeling on the other side of the world. The island is shaped like a butterfly and consists of two…

  • africa,  citytrip,  kidstravel,  marrakech,  morocco,  traveltips

    Febe’s photography frenzy in the Majorelle gardens

    As promised a few days ago, this post is here only to show you the photographs Febe (our 3-year old daughter) has taken with our Canon Powershot in the Majorelle Garden in Marrakesh (Morocco). We were both taking photographs (I use a Canon 1100-D Rebel, Annick uses her Sony Ericsson Xperia mostly), and Febe wanted to join in. So we gave her our second camera and she was free to go and take pictures. The good thing about absolute freedom is that she came up with unexpected subjects in an extraordinary perspective. We found out since then that allowing her to take pictures, often takes us swiftly through excursions or…

  • africa,  citytrip,  marrakech,  morocco,  unesco world heritage

    Our first day in Morocco

    For our 5th wedding anniversary we wanted to go a little further away. Criteria: it had to be warm. Our April trip in Denmark last year (2013), though very beautiful, was freezing cold… After some searching, we found a great package deal in Marrakech and we were off to Morocco! It was the first trip outside of Europe for little Febe – and also her first time on an airplane! After a very smooth transfer day we decided to explore Marrakech a bit on Sunday. Since we had a very big excursion planned on Monday, we wanted to keep it a bit relaxed. They also predicted 37°C… not the most…

  • amsterdam,  citytrip,  europe,  kidstravel,  SZ,  the netherlands,  traveltips

    Visiting Amsterdam with a two year old

    The first reaction we got from nearly everybody when we told them we were going to visit Amsterdam with a two year old toddler was… “What? You must be joking! That is travel suïcide – you cannot go on a citytrip with a toddler…” Why not?  There is not a single reason why you should skip travelling when you get kids. And there is not a reason why you can’t visit a city with kids, even with young kids. Here are some basic tips we can give you on travelling to a city with a young kid, and I think they might apply to travelling in general with young kids.…

  • austria,  belgium,  england,  europe,  france,  italy,  themed posts

    Travelling Europe in wintertime

    Last weekend I visited Gemünd, in the German Eifel region. While I was walking around town with my friend Shira, we noticed that it was so quiet there. Ofcourse, we added, nobody travels in winter around here. Everybody seems to want fun in the sun and doesn’t consider winter chills. And that’s a pitty. Because a wintertrip has a lot of bonusses as well! When I got home, I read this blogpost of Europe Travel Net, summing it up quite correctly. They gave 5 reasons why it’s a good idea to travel off-season: you can easily find bargains, the climate is often really good in the southern part or you…

  • berlin,  citytrip,  europe,  germany,  GL

    Berlin: the quick photo selection…

    We went to Berlin in the last week of 2014 and it turned out to be the perfect city trip: snow on the first day, the most amazing museum experience for me (Pergamon Museum), and a relaxed stroll-around for three days. The second day, our German friends arrived and they guided us through the city with expert information on all spots we visited. A special mention must go the Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall memorial), a place that leaves you silent and depressed, really. When we came back, I quickly wanted to put some first pictures on Facebook. Just to give a first overview of what we had experienced, I picked…

  • AF,  belgium,  europe

    Eksaarde: local life

    We live in a small village called Eksaarde, which is part of the city of Lokeren, located halfway between Gent and Antwerpen (Belgium). The village is rather large in terms of surface area though, but most of that are meadows and crop fields. Eksaarde is green, agricultural and the people here are uncomplicated and easy-going. And they do like their traditions! Last Sunday was the “day of agriculture” in Flanders, a day where a lot of farmers open up their business to the public. Given that our area has a lot of farming going on, it wasn’t difficult to pick out a few. Before noon, we visited a nearby dairy…

  • berlin,  citytrip,  europe,  germany,  GL

    Walls of Berlin (2): Berlin wall art.

    In our latest blogpost, we told the sad story of the Berlin wall as we saw it during our recent (December 2014) city trip. While that post might have been slightly depressing, I am glad to announce that this one is much more heart-warming and colourful. When we strolled down the streets of Berlin, we observed the city’s impressive street art scene. Although most of the artworks can be found on walls (even on “the” wall), we also found some other street art forms that aren’t wall-bound, and even some that aren’t even two-dimensional… We were also glad to find some magnificent works of our favourite street artist: ROA (from…