• citytrip,  europe,  Moscow,  MR,  Russia,  unesco world heritage

    A trip down memory lane: highlights of Moscow

    I (Maarten) have been to Moscow three times. The last time was in 2006, so it’s fair to say that I waited a bit too long to write this post. We started this version of our blog in 2014 (I think), and I guess at that time I thought my pictures and knowledge of this city were too dated to bother writing about it. I have changed my mind, though. Today, I am convinced that it is still relevant to share my experiences in this wonderful city and hopefully I can revisit Moscow with my family one day. In that case I might have to update this post a bit…

  • europe,  GL,  italy,  unesco world heritage

    A mini-roadtrip in Northern Italy

    We are taking the time out during this COVID-19 crisis to update our blog completely. This takes us both along some trips down memory lane. Before we met and became a couple, we did some traveling on our own or with previous partners. Back in 2006 I (Annick) went to Northern Italy, mainly to visit Lake Garda. The plan was to first camp alongside Lago Maggiore for a couple of days. When I was 14 years old I went on a youth camp there. I remember the area as a stunning region, filled with flowers. But, since the digital camera wasn’t invented back then, I hardly have any pictures of…

  • europe,  SZ,  the netherlands,  Zeeland

    Cycling in Zeeland

    When we head out to the family holiday home in Zeeland, we often take our bicycles along. It adds to the holiday atmosphere to leave the car where he is, and do the grocery shopping at a slower pace. Just some local bread, fruit and vegetables in our shopping basket and off we go… But we also like to do a longer bicycle ride. Febe is a sportive 9 year old, so anything between 20 and 35 km is OK with her. Certainly if we have some stops along the way. In this blogpost I’ll take you to our favourite bikeride along the coast and polders of Zeeland. It’s 27…

  • europe,  SZ,  the netherlands,  Zeeland

    Hiking in “Verdronken Zwarte Polder”

    Verdronken Zwarte Polder (which translates roughly as ‘Drowned black polder’) is a stunning nature reserve in Nieuwvliet, Zeeland. We went hiking there in different seasons (winter, spring and summer) and each season has it’s charm. In this blogpost we will take you along with us. This hiking route is not accesible for wheelchairs or prams. Hiking boots or Wellies are needed for the walk. The hike starts on the dyke near the parking lot at Dwarsdijk (near Roompot Beach Resort). You can buy a detailed map (in Dutch) at a VVV office (there’s one in Breskens or Cadzand), or online through this link. The hike we love so much is…

  • europe,  SZ,  the netherlands,  Zeeland

    Ten things to do in Breskens with your children

    Breskens is a lovely coastal town in the south of the Netherlands. It has a wide beach, some lovely nature surrounding it and a few great places to eat. The coast of Zeeland is very close to most Belgian cities & towns in Oost-Vlaanderen & Antwerpen, and if you ask us a more relaxed option compared to the busy coast of Belgium. Though there are plenty of options to stay a few nights, the are is also worth a daytrip. We visit Breskens a lot. Since we are traveling with a 9 year old, we took a look around to discover the best places to go to with your children.…

  • citytrip,  europe,  germany,  unesco world heritage

    A Lübeck walkthrough

    The Hanseatic city of Lübeck, situated in the north of Germany, was founded in the 12th century, but remained an important trading centre throughout the following centuries. In the 14th century, Lübeck became the “Queen of the Hanseatic League”,  the most important city of this commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds in central/northern Europe. Lübeck was also involved in a number of conflicts that lead to the decline of its power in the 15th and 16th century. Even though the city was heavily bombed during the Second World War, its historical centre is still well-preserved (some buildings did need restoration though) and it is simply stunning. All the wealth that resulted from…

  • europe,  sweden,  SZ,  unesco world heritage

    Seven reasons why the coastal archipelago of Bohuslän (Sweden) should always be on your bucketlist…

    Sweden is a country of many faces. It is much more diverse than most people think: naturally, scenically, culturally as well as gastronomically. In this post we would like to focus on the southwesterly region of Bohuslän, which made quite an impression on us because of its astonishing natural beauty and breathtaking panoramas, unexpected prehistoric culture and some of the most delicious seafood we’ve ever tasted! Lonely Planet calls it “one of Sweden’s natural treasures”, and we can only agree with that statement. We reckon that if you have explored the north of Sweden for a few weeks and are heading back south (to your European home for example), Bohuslän…

  • europe,  sweden,  SZ

    Fulufjället National Park

    After spending some time in the area of Sonfjället National Park, we decided to folluw up a tip from Elias, our bearwatching guide, and head a little more south to Fulufjället. This national park is situated right on the border between Sweden and Norway, so part of the park is on Norwegian grounds. The main attraction of the park is the Njupeskär waterfall, the highest in Sweden (70m). There’s an easy walk up to the waterfall, mostly on wooden boardwalks. Most visitors to the park go up to the waterfall and then head back, making a stop at the nice visitor centre along the way. We decided to stay a…

  • europe,  sweden,  SZ

    Stenshuvud: one of Sweden’s lesser known national parks.

    Sweden is well-known for its superb nature and wildlife. The country has protected a lot of its natural heritage in no less than 30 national parks, scattered over the whole area of the country, from north to south and from east to west. Those national parks may be one of Sweden’s most important assets, and one of the primary reasons why travelers visit this country (next to its capital Stockholm, and Swedish meatballs I suppose…). While the most spectacular large mammals (including reindeer, moose, brown bear, wolverine, lynx ánd wolf) can be found in the centre (more or less starting just north of Stockholm) and north of the country, they…

  • europe,  sweden,  SZ

    Bearwatching in Sweden

    If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you know we are nature enthousiasts. Seeing a brown bear in the wild was still on our bucket list when we left for Sweden, despite previous efforts in Finland and Slovenia. While you can try to spot more abundant Swedish wildlife, such as moose, reindeer and foxes by driving around at dawn or dusk, brown bears are known to be quite shy and tend to run away when they hear human noises. We knew an observation hut would elevate our chances of seeing a bear in the wild. After some research on the internet we found Sara Wennerqvist. Sara runs the…