• AF,  belgium,  europe

    Hallerbos: a magical forest

    Bluebells in Hallerbos. Near Brussels, in Halle, you find Hallerbos – a forest that turns completely blue at the end of April. This phenomenon is created by the thousands of bluebells that bloom in that period. It makes for a fairytale experience and a must-do excursion if you happen to be in the area of Brussels in that period. After seeing many pictures pass by on our social media feeds this week, Annick & Febe decided to make the most of a rainy afternoon and headed out for a visit to the forest. You can easily check online if the bluebells are still putting up a show. The official website…

  • kidstravel,  traveling families

    Our World Heritage

    In a series of interviews we will present you with traveling families from all over the world. They will share their traveltips with you. To start of with, we decided to answer our own questions… Names: Annick, Maarten & Febe Blog: blog.ourworldheritage.be Full-time travelers or part-time travelers: parttime travelers. We both have a job in education, meaning we can travel quite a lot if budget allows it. Do you always take your kids along on your travels? Yes, we do. Since Febe was born, we have never traveled without her. We wouldn’t want it otherwise. Why do you travel with your kids? We think it’s the best way to show her the world and…

  • europe,  slovenia,  SZ

    The crown jewel of Slovenia.

    Judging from the number of blog posts we’ve already written about Slovenia, I think it’s fair to say by now that this country is a treasure-chest of travel highlights. Whether you are looking for some ancient culture, you are in need of some stress-reducing nature exploration or you just fancy a pleasant city break, it’s all there. Slovenia is a small country: only 20273 square kilometers (i.e. 7827 square miles). We’ve been there more than 2 weeks in August of last year,  made visits on a daily basis (usually even visited more than one place per day) and we still haven’t fully covered the western part of its territory. We hope that our posts can at…

  • europe,  SZ,  the netherlands,  unesco world heritage

    The windmills at Kinderdijk

    The typical Holland windmills at Kinderdijk. Just half an hour drive from Rotterdam, one of the largest cities in The Netherlands and well worth a visit, you find the windmills at Kinderdijk. We made a stop on our way south from our extended stay in Amsterdam. It was on our way home and Unesco Worldheritage, so the ideal stop for us to spend a few hours. Kinderdijk has 19 traditional windmills, alongside a canal. Combine that with the green meadows surrounding them and you have Holland at its best. These windmills have been used to dry out parts of the surrounding lands and are one of the examples of The…

  • europe,  SZ,  the netherlands

    Zeeland

    The Delta works at Neeltje Jans. Though Zeeland is the region in The Netherlands most close to us, it was a region we hadn’t discovered yet. Maarten’s mum turns 70 soon and so the whole family set out for 5 days to explore Zeeland together. We must say that we were pleasantly surprised by the area. The region is less populated than where we live, so wide open spaces are everywhere. Agricultural fields seem to be at least 10 times as big as the fields around our house and the coastline isn’t anything like the Belgian coast. So, if you decide to visit Zeeland, what can you expect? Here’s some…

  • asia,  nepal,  unesco world heritage

    10 amazing World Heritage sites of Nepal

    A bundle of phenomenal scenic beauties, Nepal is a place of paradise. Ranging from mighty mountains to subtle hills and grassy plains, Nepal comprises of everything that is there to see in this world. Nepal is a small landlocked country that happens to be one of the places richest in freshwater bodies. It probably has a higher number of heritage sites than cinema theaters. As a matter of fact, you might find it difficult to watch a movie here, but not the mountains. And surprisingly, there are more gods than people as a consequence of which Nepal has a diverse range of cultures and traditions whose existential differences are collectively acknowledged…

  • africa,  egypt

    Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

    Our last excursion took us to see a glimpse of afterlife in Ancient Egypt. We first met with the Colossi of Memnon, two gigantic statues (each 18 m high), who used to serve as guards to the famous temple of Amenhotep. This temple is now completely destroyed, and the colossi themselves have been heavily damaged. They still look pretty impressive though! After our stop there, we headed out for the Valley of the Kings. This narrow valley was the burial site during almost 500 years of Egyptian rule. Between the 16th and the 11th century before Christ, Pharaohs and important nobles were burried there. The Valley consists of 63 tombs, ranging from a simple…

  • AF,  citytrip,  croatia,  europe,  pula

    Pula, a bit of Rome in Croatia.

    I’ve always had a keen interest in ancient culture, especially when it’s really really old. Whether it’s prehistoric, Egyptian, Persian, Greek, Etruscan or Roman (or anything inbetween), it has an extraordinary appeal to me. I really like old temple complexes, multicolored frescoes, sculpted pillars and weathered statues. Is it the mystery, the uniqueness, or just that it takes us back to a time where things were less complicated and much more authentical? Since my visit to the Pergamon Museum in Berlin in 2014, I have especially freshened my interest in Persian/Assyrian/Babylonian culture. I feel sad that I haven’t visited any Persian ruins before, and seeing lots of this heritage destroyed by iconoclastic fanatics in Syria…

  • europe,  slovenia,  SZ,  unesco world heritage

    Most impressive cave contest: Postojna Cave vs. Škocjan Caves.

    Recently, we shared the story of our visit to the astonishing Postojna Cave (Postojnska jama), in our quest to find the most impressive cave system of Europe. Even though we haven’t visited many caves before, we consider it nearly impossible for any other cave to be as fantastic as those we visited in Slovenia. The Postojna Cave made quite a lasting impression on us, to say the least. However, the day after our visit, we went to the Škocjan Caves and that turned out to be an exceptional experience as well. Half a year later, reflecting on our holiday in Slovenia, I thought it would be interesting to compare the two, using…

  • africa,  egypt

    Kom Ombo – my favourite temple in Egypt

    After our stopover in Aswan it was time to discover some more ancient Egyptian temples. First on our list was the small temple of Kom Ombo, which was my favourite temple by far. This temple is dedicated to two gods, which was rare: Horus and Sobek, the crocodile god. It was built during the Greco Roman period (205-180 BC) over the ruins of an older temple, known as the house of Sobek. Sobek was the god of the Nile and he brought fertility to the farmlands. He was therefore very important in Ancient Egypt. It was also believed that he could protect the Pharaoh from the influences of dark magic.…