8 Jan, 2017 in Brussels

Brussels isn’t very far away from Maastricht but until recently I mainly knew Brussels through its airport, nothing more. In my little sister’s visit to the area we decided it was time to visit Brussels, and I think we were both pleasantly surprised by the old center, the Christmas markets, and the variety of things […]

7 Jan, 2017 in Berlin

In my first ever short visit to Berlin I stayed in the museum island area, which features some of the Berlin highlights and world-class museums, which finally led to being added to the UNESCO list of world heritage sites. Lots to see and do, and I did only a bit of all that this area has […]

31 Dec, 2016 in Yearly summaries
2016

What did 2016 look like? The year 2016 marked my transition to European life. After ~10 years mostly spent in Asia and the US, I moved to the Netherlands. It’s been a terrific year, both personally and professionally. The new location in Europe offered great new opportunities for travel around Europe, with new adventures in […]

31 Dec, 2016 in Madrid, Visions

Been meaning to visit Madrid for quite some time, but it wasn’t until the holidays this year that I finally had a chance to make it. On the first night of my arrival I was pretty overwhelmed, the whole city was overrun by tourists, with the big squares featuring holiday markets and huge Christmas trees, […]

30 Dec, 2016 in Southern Spain, Visions

Visited Spain during holiday time to warm up a bit. After starting my adventures at Malaga, I rented a car and headed up the mountains north-west through the white villages and cliff-hanging towns – Ronda and Zahara – to finally arrive at Seville. Although I was unprepared about Seville and had very limited time, some of my […]

30 Dec, 2016 in Southern Spain, Visions

Visited Spain during holiday time to warm up a bit. After starting my adventures at Malaga, I rented a car and headed up the mountains to the north-west towards Seville to visit some of the white villages and cliff-hanging towns – Ronda and Zahara. The road up is long and winding through some beautiful mountainous coastal […]

29 Dec, 2016 in Malaga, Visions

Visited Spain during holiday time to warm up a bit, starting my adventures in the southern city of Malaga. It’s a charming coastal town, with an imposing fortress on a hilltop overlooking the entire region, with some picturesque mountains in the background. The entire center has been cleared for pedestrians and is filled with bars, […]

28 Dec, 2016 in Madrid, Visions

Visited Spain during holiday time to warm up a bit, venturing into a new area of central Spain that I haven’t been to yet. While visiting Madrid, I took a quick daytrip to Toledo without doing any prior homework, and had the most wonderful surprise. Although the day started out foggy, with almost zero visibility, […]

13 Dec, 2016 in Venice
Boattrip to Murano Island Venice Italy (28)

If you get a bit tired of the heavy tourist traffic in Venice and want to cool off a bit somewhere more quiet then a boat trip to Murano Island could be just the thing. A short trip on the gorgeous water ways and with some of the remarkable Venice landscapes in the background, and […]

12 Dec, 2016 in Ghent
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One of the highlights of beautiful Ghent is the medieval 12th century Gravensteen castle at the heart of the old town. If you want to get a sense of the crusaders’ sense of justice and prison system, especially if you’re fascinated by the various means by which a person can be tortured, this is the place […]

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