• europe,  GL,  italy,  unesco world heritage

    Lago di Garda

    Italy  has always been one of my favourite countries to travel in. It has it all: good food, a rich cultural history and stunning nature. One of my favourite areas are the lakes of Northern Italy. In this blogpost I’ll take you around the beautiful Lake Garda, or as the Italians say, Lago di Garda. It’s the biggest lake of Italy, with a good 80 km of lake length in between the town of Sirmione in the south and Riva del Garda in the north. The lake is situated somewhat in the middle between Milan and Venice, with a good 2 hours drive to each of those stunning Italian cities. Closerby…

  • europe,  GL,  greece

    A week in Santorini

    When I asked our Facebook fans last week what I should write about next, Israel or Santorini – they picked Santorini. For me this was my first trip away from Belgium & The Netherlands. We are writing 1996, when clothing and hairdo where very wrong and the digital camera wasn’t invented yet. Here’s a little trip down memory lane! A little bit of history When you look at the map of Santorini, you’ll notice the odd shape. That’s because of the volcanic activity this lovely island has known. In 1512 B.C. part of the island got blown up by a volcanic eruption, causing it’s odd moonlike shape. Two craters are…

  • citytrip,  europe,  GL,  italy,  modena,  unesco world heritage

    A lovely walk through Modena…

    We visited the Italian island of Sardegna (Sardinia) in the summer of 2013. We combined our stay there with a roadtrip from our home in Belgium to the island (and back), passing through France, Switzerland, and Italy. Along the way, we visited a number of world heritage sites and every evening we stayed with a different couchsurfing host. The day before we had to take the ferry to Sardegna, we arrived at Modena. I must admit it was a city we didn’t really know much about, except for the fact that it has a UNESCO-listed cathedral and tower. We decided to let it surprise us, and it did! It was…

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    The nuraghi of Sardegna…

    Despite its rather isolated position in the Mediterranean (together with Corsica), Sardinia (Sardegna in Italian) has a long history of human presence. First settlement occurred somewhere between 450000-150000 years ago, by people from Tuscany, by a landstrip via Corsica. The first significant Sardinian civilisation was the Nuragic civilisation, which existed between 1700 BC and 500BC (although some part of the culture appears to have survived as long as 500AD, if I understand correctly). At least we can say it arose in the Bronze Age period. Although this civilisation has left Sardegna with several types of remains (amongst which Tombe dei Giganti or Giant’s graves, dolmen etc…), the nuraghi stand out…

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    The delicious tastes of Sardegna

    Since we’ve returned from Sardegna (Sardinia) in 2013, and since we’ve bought a (Dutch) cookbook with recipes from Sardinia, we frequently make a Sardinian dish at home. Our favourite is definitely the outrageously tasty (but pretty high in cholesterol) “Malloreddus alla campidanese”, a primi piatti with shell-like pasta, called malloreddus. We brought some malloreddus home with us from the island, because basically: we can’t get enough of Sardegna’s delicious food! During our travels on Sardegna, we also explored the island’s cuisine and tried to taste as many local delicacies as possible. In this blogpost, we will take you through the most typical ones. 1. Pane Carasau This is traditional shepherd’s…

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    When…

    When you see numerous bullet holes in road signs… When you get stuck in a flock of sheep each time you go grocery shopping… When you see village walls beautifully covered with huge murals… When you encounter traditional (carnival) festivities or a shop selling the associated costumes… When you frequently come across round prehistoric structures, constructed from huge, piled rocks… When with every type of food you consume you have to take a bite of Pane Carasau… When you are swimming in amazingly crystal-clear water, resembling that of the Caribbean… When the lower part of a lot of trees has been stripped of its bark… … you must be in…

  • europe,  germany,  GL,  unesco world heritage

    Between a sausage and a smiling angel: a hot day in Regensburg.

    If there is one thing we learned from our visit to Trier last year, it is that the Romans have been doing some serious construction and city-building in once-Germania. A considerable number of German cities still contain original and well-preserved Roman architecture. The Romans’ never-ending thirst for conquering new tribes and annexing new lands eventually led them into the northern lands of the Germanic tribes. Around the first and second century AD, the Roman Empire reached its largest expanse under emperor Traianus. At this time, the northern border of the Empire consisted of the Rhine and Danube river system. Along those rivers, a number of important forts and, later, cities,…

  • 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…

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    Following the SS125 – the Sarda Orientale

    Road aligned with palmtrees, close to Olbia ferry port. While we took you to some sites we visited along the way, and a quick detour in England & Belgium, our list of blogposts on Sardegna is not completed yet. Today we’re taking you on a little roadtrip on the Sarda Orientale, the route SS125. This road runs along the eastern coastal area of the island, from Olbia in the North, all the way down to Cagliari in the South. When visiting the island, it’s a must-see, at least if you trust our opinion. Be sure to follow the old SS125. Because it takes a while to get from Olbia to…

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    Romanesque churches in the Logudoro area of Sardegna

    Croplands near the Nuraghe of Barumini, in the center of Sardinia Being an island in the “middle” of the Mediterranean, Sardinia has been colonized quite a few times. As you might have read in one of our earlier blog posts, the first settlers came from the Italian main land (Tuscany). On the island, you can find evidence of prehistoric, Phoenician, Punic and Roman presence. During the period of Roman domination, the Logudoro region was important for its grain production. The area is located in the northern part of Sardinia. During our trip through the island we noticed that the main area for grain production nowadays is located more to the…