• cagliari,  citytrip,  europe,  GL,  italy

    Cagliari, the capital of Sardegna

    Sardegna (or Sardinia, if you like) is different. It is different from the remainder of Italy, that is. Islands always have that sense of uniqueness: you feel that although they are officially part of a certain country, they still have their own identity. For example, Guadeloupe has nothing in common with the rest of France, except for the language. In the same way, Greenland is completely different from the Danish mainland. Of course, these islands are located far away from “their” capitals. And yet, although you constantly hear and see Italian on Sardegna, it does feel different. The island has a long history of independence, and a long history of…

  • citytrip,  europe,  germany,  GL,  koln,  unesco world heritage

    Köln

    The Dom of Cologne, a gothic masterpiece, took 6 (!) centuries to be completed. During all this time, the builders stuck to the original plans. The place where the cathedral was built has been a place for catholic worship since the 4th century. The Dom is the first building you see when coming out of the train station. And it is an impressive sight! I visited the cathedral a couple of times and even climbed the stairs to the top. A magnificent view over Cologne and its surroundings was the welcome reward! Well worth a visit! Although the Dom itself is certainly a highlight in this city, we would love…

  • citytrip,  europe,  germany,  GL,  trier,  unesco world heritage

    Ancient history is always near… in Trier

    OK, so it did take me several days to come up with a good title for this blog post. I wanted it to rhyme, but I always came up with lame titles such as “We were here… in Trier”, “No beer… in Trier”, “No fear… in Trier” and even “Wir liebten das hier… in Trier”. All rubbish of course. The current title isn’t that much better, but it does at least cover the load: it is a fact that everywhere you look in Trier there is always some bit of history to be seen. The most obvious buildings are the Roman ones, but there’s much more to be discovered… I…

  • citytrip,  dusseldorf,  europe,  germany,  GL

    Düsseldorf part 2: summertime

    So, as I said in my previous post, we returned to Düsseldorf in the summertime. Twice actually: we started our German trip in the city, because Maarten wanted to visit an art-exhibition that had its last day on the start of our trip and after a week we returned, to spend some time with our friends and explore the Unesco Worldheritage sites in the area a bit more. We started our trip at the Königsallee again. Yes, it was a Sunday again, so free parking. The lane is actually even nicer in summertime, with all the trees green. The classy fountains were now also working, which added to the atmosphere.…

  • citytrip,  dusseldorf,  europe,  germany,  GL

    Düsseldorf part 1: springtime

    Germany was a rather blank spot for the both of us. We had been to Köln and Bremerhaven, but that was it. It’s a neighbouring country for us and I saw loads of wonderfull pictures by one of my travel addicted friends – Shira – who has been to Germany often. Time to explore Germany some more, we thought! We started of in Düsseldorf. Our friends Sandra & Tim live there and they were very keen on showing us their city. And so we set of in March 2014 for a weekend over. They live a bit outside of the actually city centre and first took us to Schloss Benrath,…

  • amsterdam,  citytrip,  europe,  SZ,  the netherlands,  unesco world heritage

    Defence line of Amsterdam

    To start of our summer holidays in 2012, we headed to Amsterdam for 4 days. It was a memorable trip for multiple reasons. First of all – we went couchsurfing. For the very first time. A friend of mine got us all enthousiastic about this way of travelling, and it has given us numerous travel memories so far! For those of you who’d like more info on couchsurfing – visit www.couchsurfing.org . If you’d like to find us there, here’s a direct link to our profile. Always welcome to discover rural Eksaarde, or – more likely to your interest – Gent 😉 Secondly, it was our first citytrip with Febe.…

  • amsterdam,  citytrip,  europe,  SZ,  the netherlands

    Keukenhof

    We were looking for an excursion on my birthday last week and we didn’t have much inspiration. It needed to be closeby, something we hadn’t done before and ofcourse something both fun for us and for Febe. And suddenly it hit me: isn’t this the period of Keukenhof? I checked the website and we were in luck: it was one of the final days. After a quick check on Instagram and Twitter to see if the park was still worth it, we decided to take off to the north of the Netherlands the day after. For those who have never heared of Keukenhof a little introduction. In the town of…

  • berlin,  citytrip,  europe,  germany,  GL,  unesco world heritage

    A snowy visit to Potsdam…

    Visiting Potsdam was a treat-on-the-side for our citytrip to Berlin in December 2014. Our original plan was to have a full day of exploring the park on the 25th (Indeed, on Christmas day). This would have meant leaving Belgium on Christmas Eve, after an evening of fine food and presents (but no alcohol, since I was driving…), and driving all night. We would have arrived in Potsdam somewhere early morning. A few days ahead, however, we decided against this plan, as we considered it too dangerous. So we had a good night’s sleep and left our home in the morning. As a result, we approached Berlin late in the afternoon,…

  • berlin,  citytrip,  europe,  germany,  GL,  unesco world heritage

    Wohnstadt Carl Legien, part of Berlin’s Modernism Housing Estates…

    This world heritage property consists of 6 social housing estates, all located in and around Berlin, built between 1910 and 1933. This was a period of social, cultural and political innovation and development (esp. the Weimar Republic). In this time, housing and living conditions for people with low incomes were greatly improved through a form of urban development implementing new approaches on architecture, planning and design (for buildings and their gardens). The housing estates are examples of garden towns, based on the concept of open housing. This concept tried to counteract the effect of proletarian mass housing and to recreate the people’s link with houses and nature. Four of the…

  • AF,  citytrip,  Copenhagen,  denmark,  europe

    Exploring Copenhagen

    Today, we visited the capital. Because the past days have been rather full and busy, we decided to focus on the northern part of the city and more or less stick to the highlights there. We started off this day in a lazy mood and finally arrived in Copenhagen around noon. After parking the car we first went to Amalienborg Slot, the official residence of the queen. We passed the impressive Marmorkirken with its dome inspired by the St-Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, and the Alexander Newsky Kirke in Byzantine style. Amalienborg Slot itself is a combination of a square, surrounded by 4 almost identical buildings. Although we missed the changing…