• europe,  GL,  italy

    Beaches of Sardegna

    Entrance to La Caletta, near San Teodoro. It’s been a while since we last posted something about Sardegna. Tonight, on a rain drenched Belgian evening, it feels like the perfect moment to talk about it’s beaches. Since Sardegna is an island, ofcourse you are bound to hit one beach or another travelling through it. Some might even spend their entire holiday on a beach, and although that is not entirely our cup of tea, we can recommend Sardegna if you are that type of traveller. But even for people who, like us, just like a bit of sand & sea every now and then, Sardegna has got what you need.…

  • europe,  GL,  italy

    Sardinian wildlife

    Those who know us a bit, know we love animals. We have a small zoo at home, most people say… and when we travel, we love our portion of nature next to our portion of culture. So this next blogpost is about the wildlife in Sardegna. Flamingo’s The southern part of the island, especially the area around Cagliari, is famous for it’s flamingo’s – although you could spot some in the more Northern parts of the island as well. We saw our first an hour or so after we left our hotel in Olbia the first day; at the Stagno di San Teodoro along the eastcoast. This place is easy…

  • europe,  germany,  GL,  unesco world heritage

    Upper Middle Rhein valley

    The famous Loreley rock. To be completely honest, our experience with the Rhine valley consisted of two separate visits. We visited Koblenz on a sunny afternoon and enjoyed every bit of it: taking some time at highlights such as the Vier Turme, Alte Burg, Florinskirche and St.-Kastor Basilica, eating delicious ice cream on the Am Plan Square and strolling around in a relaxed way until we finally reached the Deutsches Eck, where the Rhine and the Moselle converge. It was a great, sunny day and the water playground near the Deutsches Eck was big fun for the kids! A few days later, the weather was much colder, with rain and…

  • 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…

  • europe,  germany,  GL,  unesco world heritage

    Camping out in a Unesco World Heritage site

    Our tent at Gastätte Asel Sud. During our German stay this summer, we headed out for 3 days to the center of Germany. We wanted to visit two Unesco sites there: Kellerwald, which is actually named “Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany” and Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe. We had also seen in a Belgian TV show about the “big 5″ animals of Europe that the area had wild racoons as well and hoped we would spot one during our stay as well. We drove up to Edersee, a lake at the edges of the Kellerwald, without a strict plan and with our tent in the…

  • europe,  germany,  GL

    The Mosel Valley

    In our update about Koblenz you’ve already read that the Mosel flows into the Rhine in this city. For our visit to the Mosel Valley, we headed away from Koblenz about 60 km, to our final destination Cochem and the surrounding towns. We stayed in a little village called Ney and took some small roads to the viewpont near Nörtershausen. On top of a steep little hill, you have a wonderfull view on the river and nearby villages. Afterwards we headed down and drove alongside the riverbanks up to Cochem, where we parked for a little stroll. Our little traveling family! Lovely towns along the way. The banks of the…

  • 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,…

  • 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,…