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The coldest river on earth (dixit Febe…)

Watersports on Soca river. One of the first things I saw when researching Slovenia was a river, with a colour blue so deep that in my mind it had to be photoshopped. It soon became thé bucket list item for Slovenia for me. I wanted to discover if it was really that blue. Originally we …

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How to make the most of your visit to Rovinj (Croatia).

Istria is a triangular peninsula in the north of Croatia. It is well-known with tourists for its beaches, its campings and a relaxing swim in the Adriatic. In summer, it is really overcrowded and therefore a lot of travelers (note the difference with “tourists”) avoid this region in July and August. Last year (2015), there …

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A beginner’s guide to bearspotting

One of the observation huts.  Spotting wildlife is something that is high on our bucket list. We are both animal lovers and to see an animal in its natural environment: it’s an experience nothing much can top. We’ve both had our share of wildlife encounters: from a herd of wild horses in Sardegna, over a …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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Hrastovlje and the coast.

Slovenia borders the Adriatic Sea, but it has only a very short coastline, not more than 47km. So you could imagine that if all Slovenians ànd all sun-sea-beach-loving tourists are planning a day at the coast on the same time, the beaches would be packed with sunbathers, badminton players, and sandcastles. Not really our thing. Don’t get …