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

    What to do in Amsterdam

    A lovely tree in Vondelpark Amsterdam is a city with many sights. Annick has spent a couple of weeks there in total: some exploring on her own, others with work, tagging along 80 15 to 16 year old kids. We also took Febe to Amsterdam when she was only two, proving citytrips and (small) children go well. You can read all about that here! When you are visiting Amsterdam, what should you do? Amsterdam in a day Essential to see Amsterdam in a day is to walk around the canals, who are declared Unesco World Heritage. You can start from the Central Station (which is probably where you will arrive…

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    Foodtruckfestival Cuisine Machine

    An appetizer of mealworms to start off our day! Last week I got a message in my mailbox from the province of Zeeland, announcing that there was a foodtruckfestival in Vlissingen this weekend: Cuisine Machine. Since it’s my birthday on the 15th of May, I thought it would be a fun event to attend. Foodtruckfestivals are hip nowadays. It seems they are everywhere. The concept has always appealed to us, but we have never actually been to one – because we figured it might not be that great for our 5-year old. Cuisine Machine had that covered: with balloonmaking and jumping castles as entertainment for kids, we set off to Vlissingen…

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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 planned to stay near the river Soča for 3 days. We would go rafting and paragliding in the area. Bad weather made us change our plans: the mountains of Slovenia were covered in thick clouds, pouring rain and low temperatures for about a week. Not the ideal weather to go exploring with a 5 year…

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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 pack of wolves in Finland to a reef shark in the Dominican Republic, just to name a few. They all left us speechless. There are numerous species that we would still like to see, including the big five in Africa (although Maarten has already spotted some of those). Europe has its own big five as…

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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 is a small country: only 20273 square kilometers (i.e. 7827 square miles). We’ve been there more than 2 weeks in August of last year,  made visits on a daily basis (usually even visited more than one place per day) and we still haven’t fully covered the western part of its territory. We hope that our posts can at…

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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, so the ideal stop for us to spend a few hours. Kinderdijk has 19 traditional windmills, alongside a canal. Combine that with the green meadows surrounding them and you have Holland at its best. These windmills have been used to dry out parts of the surrounding lands and are one of the examples of The…

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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 area. The region is less populated than where we live, so wide open spaces are everywhere. Agricultural fields seem to be at least 10 times as big as the fields around our house and the coastline isn’t anything like the Belgian coast. So, if you decide to visit Zeeland, what can you expect? Here’s some…

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    Most impressive cave contest: Postojna Cave vs. Škocjan Caves.

    Recently, we shared the story of our visit to the astonishing Postojna Cave (Postojnska jama), in our quest to find the most impressive cave system of Europe. Even though we haven’t visited many caves before, we consider it nearly impossible for any other cave to be as fantastic as those we visited in Slovenia. The Postojna Cave made quite a lasting impression on us, to say the least. However, the day after our visit, we went to the Škocjan Caves and that turned out to be an exceptional experience as well. Half a year later, reflecting on our holiday in Slovenia, I thought it would be interesting to compare the two, using…

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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 me wrong here: we do like the beach, Febe loves to play in the sand and we definitely are snorkeling enthousiasts. We just don’t like crowds. That day during our holiday in Slovenia in August of 2015, we had planned to go to the coast. It would become a very hot day (36°, real feel…

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    What is the most impressive cave in Europe? Part 1.

    Last year, we went to the caves of Han-sur-Lesse in our home country (Belgium) and although I’ve been there several times before, I was surprised how beautiful they actually are. I can’t say we’ve visited many caves during our travels, but those in Han-sur-Lesse are really worth a visit! In retrospect, I also remember that, in 2013, we went to a very small cave near Alghero (Sardinia, Italy), but the boat trip to get there was actually more exciting than the cave itself. But then, in 2015, we went to Slovenia. This country is home to the Kras or Karst region, the very type location of a geological landscape type called karst, which results from the…