• asia,  Bali

    Eat, sleep, drive. A practical guide to Bali!

    Bali is an exotic destination and that means that most people think going there isn’t all that easy. Though it is part of Indonesia, Bali is very accessible and easy to do with children. It’s an ideal introduction to South-East Asia. In this post we’re rounding up the best of our experiences, just for you! EAT Balinese cuisine is great and not too spicy. We found excellent, budget spots to eat and more exclusive restaurants, that are still very affordable if you are used to European prices. We were traveling with our then 6 year old girl, who is a very fussy eater. We found that Balinese restaurants always have…

  • camping

    Camping in fall

    Those who knows us a little bit, know we love camping. It gives us a sense of freedom and we love the rhythm you need to follow when camping. You simply can’t rush things. We have camped a bit all over Europe – but so far always in summertime. Last year that changed though. Since we want to do some more challenging camping in the future (yes, Iceland, we are looking at you!) we decided to buy a four seasons tent two years ago. And since we wanted to do a little trip in fall last year (to Wales), we thought… why not go camping? Most people we know thought we…

  • asia,  Bali

    Bali for nature lovers.

    When we were doing the research for our trip to Bali in the spring of 2017, I came across a TripAdvisor page entitled “Nature & Wildlife in Bali“. Since nature is always high on our travel bucket list, I was genuinely curious, so I had a look. It was supposed to be a list of nature and wildlife experiences. To my confusion, this is what I found there: 1. Ubud Tanah Lot Tour. Seriously? That’s a cultural tour, so clearly in the wrong place. 2. Breakfast with the Orangutans at Bali Zoo. This was already a bit unsettling, especially because the accompanying photo featured a family in front of a cage (!) with Orangutans. Even though the experience might…

  • asia,  Bali,  Indonesia

    Snorkeling adventures in Bali.

    I think we’ve always had that special connection with the ocean and its creatures. Annick loves a good swim, whether in the ocean, a lake or a river, and for her it is one of the best ways to fully relax. As a marine biologist, Maarten has also worked for years in close connection with the sea. Needless to say that we were particularly delighted to notice that Febe has also turned into a (salt) water lover. I remember how she loved to dip into the Mediterranean when she was 3, and last year she even went on her first whale safari in South Africa with us. She loved it, didn’t complain at all of…

  • asia,  Bali,  Indonesia

    Beyond the crowded beaches – an account of Bali’s exceptional cultural identity.

    We had planned to go to Mexico this summer. Due to budgetary limitations, however (some necessary renovations needed to be done in our house as well), we decided to wait a few years and invade Sweden instead. However, our renovation plans eventually ruled out July and August as well, and since we are both working in education, we had to look out for an alternative in spring. Annick came up with Bali, an exotic destination and popular honeymoon getaway. I was skeptical at first, because I knew the island only from its overcrowded, garbage-littered beaches and drunk tourists. I thought it would be an unpleasant place stuffed with oversized hotels full of noisy poolside animation. But…

  • asia,  Bali,  Indonesia,  unesco world heritage

    Rice and Subak – Bali’s world heritage

    Rice. Those of you who have ever traveled through Bali, know very well how important this plant and its seeds are in the local cuisine, religion and culture of this island. The cultivation, production, practical utilisation and consumption of rice has been deeply rooted in everyday life in Bali for more than 2000 years. Rice is a popular and even essential ingredient of Balinese cooking. It is used as a side dish with almost every meal, so if you’re (un)lucky, you can have it as breakfast, lunch ànd dinner. Rice is a starch-rich staple food that is the primary food source in many regions of the world, but to the Balinese people it is much more than a source of food and life.…

  • AF,  belgium,  citytrip,  europe,  gent,  themed posts

    Gent – the veggie capital of Europe

    Gent is in many ways an innovative city. One of these ways is that the city has been supporting and promoting the consumption of less meat. Since 2009 the city supports “Donderdag Veggiedag”, meaning the active promotion of eating vegetarian for (at least) one day in a week. This also means that in all school restaurants and office buildings of the city of Gent no meat is served on Thursdays. This is an enormous step in reducing the consumption of meat and thus saving a little bit of our planet. Gent also has an enormous amount of veggie(friendly) and vegan(friendly) restaurants: 130 restaurants serve vegetarian food, 44 are veganfriendly and…

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

    Good deed of the day: help a dragon!

    Have you ever helped out a dragon? We have! Today we helped out a very cute, little, red dragon find his glasses. His name is Fosfor, and somehow he lost them. If you download the (free!) Ojoo app on your smartphone, and then install the (free) game ‘Where are Fosfor the Dragon’s glasses’ (‘Draakje Fosfor’ in Dutch), you can help him out as well. And discover the beautiful city centre of Gent in the mean time 😉               You start the game at Veerleplein, near the tourist information centre. The game takes you on a walk of about 1,5h around the city and ends…

  • AF,  england,  europe,  unesco world heritage,  United Kingdom

    Old houses and old stones: the Avebury/Cotswolds combo.

    I admit: I have a fascination for old things. Even when I was young, I wanted to become a paleontologist or an archaeologist (I became a biologist instead, which was another of my childhood dreams). I once volunteered at a dinosaur dig in Russia and that was an unforgettable experience. I never practiced any archaeology, though, but it never ceases to fascinate me. When we are planning our travels, I’m the one always nagging about Viking burial mounds, prehistoric towers, Etruscan graves, Roman graveyards and the like. I know Febe (our 6-year-old daughter) is usually not so enthusiastic about these things, but with the proper approach we always find ways to make such visits…

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

    Searching for dragons in one of the most underestimated museums of Brussels.

    Capitals. Aren’t they intriguing? A capital is supposed to be the political and administrative centre of a country, but is it also the cultural centre? Is a capital representative for its country in terms of its artistic, architectural and culinary identity (presuming here that these three aspects are the focus of attention for many travelers)? Probably not, and in some cases capitals aren’t even the principal or most well-known city in a country. Just think about Ankara (Turkey, overshadowed by Istanbul), Rabat (Morocco, left in the shade by Marrakech) and even Madrid (Spain, much less visited than e.g. Barcelona). Nevertheless, I am positive that some capitals are pretty decent as a starting point for the cultural…