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It’s winter and it’s cold – so here’s a guide to escape winter. I’m not a fan of cold at all and I would rather leave this place as soon as possible. Here are five reasons why you should visit the biggest island of the Canary Islands, Tenerife (like right now!) 1. Nice weather all year round Yes! Yes! Yes! This is number one reason to visit, isn’t it? With an average temperature of 22° all year round, this might be the perfect winter escape. During summer, it usually doesn’t get warmer than 28°C and during winter, it doesn’t get colder than 14°C (the average temperature is 20°C though). 2. It’s not far away The Canary Islands are about 4,5 hours away from Brussels so you won’t have to sit on a plane for over 10 hours. 3. It’s not too expensive It’s not cheap because it’s touristic but…

Belgium – wait, is that the capital of the Netherlands? No, it’s a country. What do you know about Belgium? Ehm, they speak French? No, not just French. Oh, but they have delicious waffles. That part is true. Today, I’ll give you 25 facts about this small country.  1. Belgium is divided into three big parts (four actually) and three languages. There’s Flanders, Wallonia, Brussels (because they speak Dutch and French here) and a German part. The languages are Dutch, French and German. 2. It has one of the biggest varieties of food in the world. You can find anything from French food to Italian food and even Greek food. 3. Fries are a Belgian invention. For once and for all: yes, they’re called French Fries but no, they are NOT French. 4. It has the greatest diversity of beer styles on the planet. I’m sure you’ve heard of Westmalle Tripel,…

The Castle of the Counts, or in Dutch het gravensteen, is one of the few castles in Flanders that remained intact during the centuries. It’s located in the city of Ghent. It was built by Philip of Alsace, in the early Middle Ages. He’s famous for his statement “I’ll show them who’s boss” and that’s exactly what he did when he built this castle. During the Middle Ages, it was the residence of the Counts of Flanders. During the years, the castle has been famous for different purposes such as a store and cotton plant and even a prison. The houses around the castle were houses for the textile workers. Those houses disappeared and the castle is now standing proud in the middle of the city. Let me take you on a medieval tour 1. The gateway Above the gateway is a Latin inscription: “anno incarnationis MCLXXX Philippus Comes Flandrie et…

Etretat is a small seaside village at the coast of Normandy, France. This village, with only 2000 inhabitants, is located about two hours away from Paris. The best time to visit is during spring. It’s really crowded during summer as it is the perfect place to relax and to go fishing or sailing. I fell in love with this place and couldn’t stop visiting. I think I’ve been there four times already. The most beautiful thing in this area are the white cliffs. You can hike all the way to the top and the view is amazing. First things first: hiking the cliffs Don’t forget to hike the cliffs. This is the main reason to visit. There’s a path and it’s a steep climb but the view is worth it. It’s breathtaking and even better at sunset. You have two sides. One side will lead you all the way along…

Do you ever think about the history of a place? The many secrets and hidden gems. The people from the past, each of them with their own thoughts and stories. This happens to me all the time. I find it interesting to dig deeper and to find a connection with a place. Paris is one of those places that looks like a postcard. So many neighborhoods. So many perspectives. So many angles. It’s a dream. Imagine a hot summer night along the Seine, sipping a glass of wine and the perfect setting of the Eiffel Tower in the background. Let your mind wander into the present, the future and maybe even the past. Take it all in. What does the city look like at this very moment in time? What will it look like in 50 years from now? But most important… what did it look like in the past century? Le…

When visiting a city, you will find tourists all over the city but you won’t find them in secret corners. Tourists stick to their map and the tourist spots. I like being a tourist but I like to get lost sometimes. Also, I like to find out a bit more about certain places. There’s always a story behind it. Secrets of today? Paris. I went to visit the Parisian neighborhood Montmartre. I had little time but I still managed to see some interesting things. Montmartre is a large hill in the 18th arrondissement and is known for its basilica the Sacré Coeur. It is an artistic neighborhood and many painters and writers found inspiration in the picturesque setting of this charming hill. Montmartre used to be a small village, surrounded by fields, windmills and vineyards. It sounds lovely but it has transformed into one of the most vibrant and touristic neighborhoods in…

Tuscany is one of the most beautiful regions of Italy. I’m the type of person who needs to plan every trip. When it comes to Tuscany, there is no point in creating an itinerary. You will never stick to your plan. There are too many hidden spots along the way, waiting for you to discover. Make sure to make a note of the highlights and famous cities, but most of all – let Tuscany surprise you. It’s known for its wonderful landscapes, picturesque towns, exquisite food, traditional wines and lots of history. Sounds pretty good, right?  Cinque Terre This isn’t Tuscany yet, but wait for it – we’ll get there. They say that the villages of Cinque Terre are the most beautiful villages in Italy. I must say – I wasn’t quite sure about that. I think it’s a bit overrated and I wasn’t exactly excited – but that had everything to do with…

It’s February, which means it’s almost that time of the year again: carnival. When it comes to carnival in Europe, there is no better place to celebrate than Venice. Venice, a unique city with an Italian charm, a true gem in Northern Italy. It’s not just one of the most beautiful places in Italy, it’s also one of the most romantic places. I could say more,  I think it’s one of the most romantic places on the planet. It’s such a shame that this wonderful place tends to disappear due to the rising water level. Can you imagine Italy without Venice? I most certainly cannot. So what should you do? Book that ticket, grab your partner, and be prepared to spend all day walking hand in hand along the canals. Oh, and if you’re alone like me (or the best you could do are your parents or a friend), don’t…

Last year I was lucky enough to spend Christmas in Paris. Christmas in the city of lights, it had to be worth it. And yes, it was! I went there for three days and it is nearly impossible to see everything in such a short time.  We decided to act like a tourist and stick to the highlights. The best way to travel to Paris: Thalys. It will only take one hour and a half to get there. The train arrives at Gare Du Nord, which is basically in the middle of the city. Tip: if you are under age 25, make sure to visit on weekends and public holidays. An unlimited ticket for metro will only cost you 1,85 euros per day. Metro is the best way to travel around in Paris. The city is so big that it is almost impossible to travel by foot (unless you’re a hiking fan…