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River Cruising through Belgium and the Netherlands

Magnifique III hotel barge in Antwerp

River cruising is a great alternative to touring the world on huge ocean vessels. Small ships carrying only 20 to 40 passengers offer a more authentic, individual travel experience. Cruising along inland waterways you only travel short distances a day and dock frequently to learn about the country. What you will see is small-scale sights, medieval towns and open countryside. ...

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Bologna: Arcades, History and Mediterranean Colors

Piazza Santo Stefano porticoes, Bologna

Bologna at the foot of the Apennine mountains is a less known travel destination that easily compares to Florence and other cities. Bologna’s 38 km of arcaded streets, red and ochre-colored houses and long culinary traditions make it the perfect weekend destination. Bologna arcades are listed in the UNESCO and so is the whole city, as a city of music.  ...

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Italy by Train and Car: Rome, Florence and Tuscany

Driving along Tuscan country roads

Italy if any is my favorite destination and I go there almost every year. Last year we made a one-week trip round Italy by train and car: Rome, Florence, Tuscany. Yes, you can really see these fantastic destinations in a week, just travel the long distances by train and then rent a car. I will show you how. Italy by ...

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Driving around Tenerife: What to See in the North

Garachico street and cactus

We left our holiday resort, the pools and the beaches and spent a day driving around Tenerife. That was a great family day out most of which we spent in the pretty north coast towns Garachico, Icod de los Vinos and La Orotava. These towns represent the traditional, real Tenerife. Cobbled streets, colonial houses with wooden balconies, Sunday afternoon on ...

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Around Kathmandu: Temples and Himalaya Views

Around Kathmandu: Boudanath temple

Once you have seen central Kathmandu set out and explore the treasures around Kathmandu: the historic squares, temples and royal cities. And get up on the hills around Kathmandu for views of the Himalayas, the world’s highest peaks that make Nepal famous.  Kathmandu has some extraordinary cultural sights right outside the city: the Monkey Temple Swayambbunath in the west, Boudanath ...

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Pokhara: Short Hikes, Lake and the Annapurnas

Pokhara lakeside

Pokhara is a lakeside city at 900 m which in Nepal means the lowlands. Yet the city is at the very foot of the Himalayas. In Pokhara you can combine subtropical climate with snow-capped peaks – added with a green mountain lake. Pokhara, Nepal offers short hikes, a lake and the Annapurnas. The Annapurna Massif is literally behind the corner. The ...

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Nepal: Nature, Culture and UNESCO Sights

Nepal: Nature, Culture and UNESCO Sights

One day we understood we were going to Nepal. Clas had a business trip approaching and the only thing we knew about it was that he should spend a week or two working in Kathmandu. So I started creating a trip to the mountain country from scratch. What can we do in Nepal? Nepalese children in Sarangkot, Annapurnas Mountain climbing ...

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Four Short Walks in Old Tokyo

Nezu Shrine gates

Tokyo is known as a huge, ultra modern city and that’s what it is. Yet the Japanese capital hides wonders in it. The old Japan still exists in many parts of the city and you will find it, just walk around. This post will show you four easy walks in Old Tokyo. You can find the old Tokyo in the shrines ...

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Marrakech: Jemaa El-Fna Photo Tour

Food stall on UNESCO listed Jemaa el-Fna, Marrakech

The central square of Marrakech Jemaa El-Fna is one of the best places to see Morocco as it is and meet the Moroccans as they are. Times change but the show on this old square goes on. The Moroccans still keep to their old traditions and cultural heritage which made UNESCO take Jemaa el-Fna on their World Heritage list.    ...

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Getting Lost in the Souks of Marrakech

Lazy afternoon in the souks of Marrakech

I got lost in the souks of Marrakech. I tried to find my way in the huge labyrinth but had to give up trying too much.  This ancient North African street market is best explored by just walking around aimlessly and without any plans. Just absorb the things that will happen around you.  Getting lost in the souks of Marrakech ...

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