Visions of Den Bosch Netherlands (1)

On every trip I took from Maastricht up north to Utrecht or Amsterdam there was a stop called ‘s-Hertogenbosch. How to even pronounce that? I thought, but it’s pretty straightforward if you use the short Den Bosch, a little gem of a town which opened my eyes to the incredible art of 15th century Hieronymus Bosch, […]

Museo Fallero de Valencia Spain-020

Once a year Valencia celebrates Saint Joseph with Las Fallas and turns completely crazy. People take to the streets to parade along huge funny figures and go wild, partying all day. The figurines have been a cult art event, with artists coming in from all over the world to create beautiful works of art. If […]

21 Jun, 2016 in Namur
Visions of Dinant - Belgium (1)

Along the Meuse River in the Namur province of southern Belgium is a picturesque little town called Dinant. Aside from the breath-taking views of the river from the surrounding hills and mountains, there are a few little attractions that make it even more special. It’s the home of Mr. Sax, the inventor of the saxophone music instrument. […]

20 Jun, 2016 in Tokyo
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I received a few questions the other week from folks traveling to Tokyo asking me about recommendations for affordable places to stay. I already wrote a post about it, but that was from a trip over 7 years ago, so there are other better ways, and I’ve used some of them. Funky ones are capsule […]

Visions of Wurzburg Germany (4)

Würzburg is a lovely town in northern Bavaria, a quick getaway trip from Frankfurt or Munich. It has a very picturesque old town next to the wide Main River, with the imposing Fortress Marienberg, reachable by very old bridges from the old center, offering panoramic views of the town from above. A walk through the city […]

Japanse Tuin Hasselt (20)

On my first visit to Hasselt, a small city not too far away from Maastricht to the west in the Belgium Limburg, I went to see the local Japanese gardens (Japanese Tuin). When parking the car I already realized there was something going on and upon arriving at the garden entrance it became clear that I was […]

17 Jun, 2016 in Hakone
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Hotsprings - Hakone Yumoto (10)

I’ve been asked questions about my visit to the lovely Hakone, a wonderful getaway trip from Tokyo, and when looking back to share some of the adventures from my trip I realized that I didn’t mention the way to get there. First off, there are plenty of wonders in the Hakone region: You start off […]

Plaza Fundadores Guadalajara Historic center (8)

It’s been over a year since I visited Guadalajara and going back to revisit some of the memories, I realized that I have not done justice to this lovely city and have yet to share some of what the historic center has to offer. The whole historic center is walkable, and I strongly recommend that […]

Liberation Square Guadalajara Historic Center (2)

It’s been over a year since I visited Guadalajara and going back to revisit some of the memories, I realized that I neglected to share a few highlights. The historic center has a lot to offer (more on that tomorrow), but for now I’ll just focus on one experience of a classical concert at the […]

12 Jun, 2016 in Tivoli
Villa dEste Tivoli (16)

If you’re looking for a quick getaway from Rome, Tivoli is a great option. A magical old town filled with gardens, mansions, old streets, mountain scenery with deep valleys, filled with UNESCO heritage sites in every corner. One of the most impressive sites I visited in Tivoli is the Villa d’Este with its remarkable 16-th century Renaissance gardens. You […]

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