The most beautiful places to visit in Albania

There are only a few places in Europe that have managed to stay off the tourist radar. While its more famous neighbours Greece and Montenegro are already well established on the Central European tourist-trail, Albania somehow seems to have been largely forgotten. Is it Liam Neeson’s fault for trying to scaremonger us by fighting the Albanian mafia in “Taken”? Is it because the communist regime wasn’t exactly welcoming towards foreigners wanting to visit the country? Or is it maybe Continue Reading

The most amazing things to do in Sao Miguel

Halfway between Europe and North America lie the 9 islands of the Azores. No mass tourism here, the Azores are one of the best well-kept ecotourism destinations in the world! I had the chance to visit the main island of Sao Miguel, an ideal place for slowtravel, but plenty of things to do to keep you busy! These are the main things to do in Sao Miguel: 1/ Walking Let’s face it, if you go to the Azores it’s probably because you are into nature. And what better way to truly appreciate nature Continue Reading

The best ideas for a long weekend in Oslo

I am reading Jo Nesbø’s crime novel “The Snowman” as the bus pulls out of Rygge Airport. I wonder what secrets lie behind the deep dark Norwegian woods we’re passing en route to Oslo… It’s something I will have to discover some other time; the next few days I will spend the weekend in Oslo, the result of a dirt-cheap ticket and a curious attitude. Today is bank holiday in Norway, the weather is balmy and crowds occupy Oslo’s terraces and beer gardens to soak up the first rays Continue Reading

The chaotic diversity of Tirana

“Mëngjes?” I stutter.  The old man at “Freddy’s hostel” looks at me, surprised. “Breakfast? No, we don’t do that here, but you can get a cup of coffee if you want…” At least that’s what I think he says. Between my non-existent Albanian and his non-existent English, it’s anybody’s guess… I am in Tirana, the capital of Albania.  When I got off the bus from the airport last night, the main square was heaving with Continue Reading

Once upon a time in Italy…

The sun is setting behind the Ligurian Alps as I call it a day and sip from my freshly-made Aperol Spritz accompanied by a free aperitivo. It’s early March and Spring is about to arrive in one of the prettiest villages in Liguria: Pigna. A labyrinth of winding, narrow lanes and steep steps leads up to the historic centre and church. No supermarkets or high street chains here, instead two small “alimentari” and a handful of local restaurants advertising whatever it is they have Continue Reading

The Mayan ruins in Mexico you should not miss!

Did you know that there are over 20 Mayan sites in Mexico?  That’s right, one of the world’s biggest civilizations ever definitely left its mark in Mexico! The majority of the sites can be found in the states of Yucatán and Chiapas, making it easy for travellers to go on a Mayan exploration spree. Some of these sites can simply not be missed, like Chichen Itza or Palenque, but make sure you explore a few of the lesser known ones as well. They actually turned out to be my favourites! Below Continue Reading

The various faces of Mexico City

I have a thing for big cities; a thing for organised chaos and for places that might seem daunting at first. “Cairo? Loved it! Los Angeles? Much better than San Francisco!” So it’s no wonder that the huge metropolis of Mexico City and I hit it off! From the moment I surfaced from the metro station onto the Zócalo, I felt “yep, this is going to be my kind of place!” But the city is big: you’ve got the historic centre, the skyscrapers, the village neighbourhoods, … Find out where to Continue Reading

The day Spain brought me to tears

Tears are welling up behind my dark sunglasses. Around me people are waving white handkerchiefs and the encouraging “olés” can be heard all over La Glorieta. I knew I shouldn’t have come… What was I thinking? It all started the day before, when travelling from León to Salamanca. In the bus station my attention was drawn towards the numerous posters advertising Salamanca’s “Feria Taurina” or “bullfighting festival”. I had always been curious about this Spanish tradition or Continue Reading

Tenerife: mountain ranges, pilot whales and colonial towns!

“Tenerife? Isn’t that the place where thousands of British pensioners flock together to bake in the sun?” I am not going to spend a week eating fish and chips and listening to Brits moaning about the heat!” was my first, not so enthusiastic reaction, when my travel partner came up with the idea. It was safe to say I needed some convincing that there were actually things to do and places to visit in Tenerife. After reading up on the destination however, it turns out there’s Continue Reading

How to deal with touts in Morocco

I am a solo female traveller so let’s set a few things straight first: after having travelled to 4 cities, I can truly say that Morocco is one of the friendliest and most hospitable nations I’ve travelled in! Moroccans are a traditional, respectful and good-humoured bunch! I have never felt unsafe, harassed or worse! So what about all those horror stories of being constantly ripped-off or hassled? There’s indeed no denying that there are a fair amount of hustlers, conmen and touts in Continue Reading