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

    Defence line of Amsterdam

    To start of our summer holidays in 2012, we headed to Amsterdam for 4 days. It was a memorable trip for multiple reasons. First of all – we went couchsurfing. For the very first time. A friend of mine got us all enthousiastic about this way of travelling, and it has given us numerous travel memories so far! For those of you who’d like more info on couchsurfing – visit www.couchsurfing.org . If you’d like to find us there, here’s a direct link to our profile. Always welcome to discover rural Eksaarde, or – more likely to your interest – Gent 😉 Secondly, it was our first citytrip with Febe.…

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    Keukenhof

    We were looking for an excursion on my birthday last week and we didn’t have much inspiration. It needed to be closeby, something we hadn’t done before and ofcourse something both fun for us and for Febe. And suddenly it hit me: isn’t this the period of Keukenhof? I checked the website and we were in luck: it was one of the final days. After a quick check on Instagram and Twitter to see if the park was still worth it, we decided to take off to the north of the Netherlands the day after. For those who have never heared of Keukenhof a little introduction. In the town of…

  • europe,  slovenia,  SZ

    Where to stay in Slovenia

    Slovenia isn’t a big country. From just about anywhere in Slovenia, you can reach all the sights within a two hours drive. That means you could basically stay in one spot your whole holiday. We decided not to, though. Since we were traveling with our 5 year old, a two hours drive one way is still a long drive. We chose spots quite central in a sort of triangle or square of excursions to be made. This meant we never had to drive further than 30-45 minutes to reach our sights. As most of you know, we love camping. Therefore, our first two reviews are campsite reviews. We love quiet,…

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    The very best of beautiful Bohinj…

    …according to our experiences, that is. Only 30 km away from its more touristy neighbour, Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj is much more than only a swim-inviting waterbody surrounded by picturesque Alpine mountains. It’s a popular spot with locals, whether they come for a refreshing swim or a (probably exhausting) climb up the slopes of the mountains. The largest glacial lake of Slovenia lies in the heart of the Triglav National Park, the only national park of the country. The highest peak in the Julian Alps, Mount Triglav, is located in the centre of the park and is a national icon. It can even be found on the flag of Slovenia!…

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    To honour the Roman deceased in Šempeter… and go for and afternoon swim in Laško.

    Slovenia is a popular destination for travellers from all over the world, and for several reasons. First of all, it’s a small country, so you don’t have to travel far from your holiday home to reach the many natural treasures the country has on offer. Secondly, it is blessed with some astonishing and pristine nature. The country is dominated by the mighty Alps, with their mountains, lakes and icy rivers. The mountains provide the perfect backdrop for hiking trips, as well as paragliding experiences, rafting adventures and the like. Also, one shouldn’t forget that other natural wonder of Slovenia: the Kras (or Karst) region, a limestone plateau in the West…

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    Digging for liquid metal: heritage of mercury.

    As a chemistry teacher, I have a profound interest in the chemical elements that build our planet. As a geology enthousiast, looking for minerals is also a natural reflex for me. So if there is a world heritage site dedicated to the mining and exploitation of such a rare and peculiar element as mercury, I definitely want to see it. We’ve visited the ex-coal mine of Essen Zollverein last year and we loved it, so we were definitely looking forward to this one! I know that my students are always astonished about the sheer mass of a bottle of pure mercury. But that’s not the only reason why this element…

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    Where Lipizzaners come from…

    When the Austrian Archduke Charles, son of Ferdinand I, established a stud farm in (then) Lipizza to breed horses for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, this was the start of a breeding process that finally resulted in the development of an elegant, white breed known as the Lipizzaner. It is a cross between Spanish Andalusian horses, the local Karst breed and white Arabian horses, and particularly suited for parades and dressage. Although the foals are grey or brown at birth, these horses lose their pigment between the age of 5-10, thus obtaining their characteristic white colour. The stud farm is situated in the village of Lipica, only a 25-minutes…

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    Waddenzee

    We recently discovered that the Wadden Sea was listed as Unesco World Heritage as well. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with them, since each year they add a few more sites to the list. So, this one is not one we visited together, but one I (Annick) ticked off before it was listed – when I was there for a week in 2004 (Wadden Sea was listed in 2009). Some of you know that I work as a student counselor in a school for kids aged 12-18. The last year, the 17-18 year olds, go on a sailing trip for 5 days in the Wadden Sea each year. In…

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

    The surroundings of Amsterdam

    Amsterdam is a popular destination, especially for those who focus on nightlife and shopping. Those of you who love a bit of culture, will also find more than enough to your liking. But did you know that you can also find peace & quiet just outside Amsterdam? Traditional Holland life is just around the corner… and worth a little detour if you ask us! Last time we visited the city we couchsurfed in Monnickendam, a little village along the coastline of the Gouwzee, and pretty close to well-known Marken, a pittoresque little village reachable by the small Zeedijk. At the time we were there, they had a sailing competion –…

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    Visiting Amsterdam with a two year old

    The first reaction we got from nearly everybody when we told them we were going to visit Amsterdam with a two year old toddler was… “What? You must be joking! That is travel suïcide – you cannot go on a citytrip with a toddler…” Why not?  There is not a single reason why you should skip travelling when you get kids. And there is not a reason why you can’t visit a city with kids, even with young kids. Here are some basic tips we can give you on travelling to a city with a young kid, and I think they might apply to travelling in general with young kids.…