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 the hilltop village of 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 on the menu today. Continue Reading

A practical guide to the Maya ruins of Mexico

Did you know that there are over 20 Maya 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 Maya 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

Into the heart of Iceland- a tale of angry nature and herrings

I had the chance to tour Iceland for two weeks in 2016 and discovered a country steeped in culture and tradition.  From angry volcanoes to small, once booming, fishing towns: join me on a trip to some of the small museums in Iceland and discover the personal stories behind some of Iceland’s most important events.  Eyjafjallajökull visitor centre It’s cold but sunny as I pull over at the Eyjafjallajökul visitor centre, about 7 km outside Skógar. Nothing reminds me of the Continue Reading

Slow travel and dolce vita in the Cinque Terre

Five picture-perfect pastel- tinted villages on the edge of a mountain slope, the Mediterranean Sea lapping below. This is the Cinque Terre for you: a place where reality is even better than your wildest imagination! Situated in between Pisa and Genoa, the Cinque Terre are Italy’s answer to the French Riviera. Known for great walking, beautiful scenery and tasty food, the five villages (Monterosso, Corniglia, Vernazza, Manarola and Riomaggiore) are very well interconnected by train and Continue Reading

10 LOCAL things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to visit “Christ the Redeemer” or “Sugar Loaf”, cause let’s face it, you probably figured that out yourself. Instead, I prefer telling you about the ordinary daily-life things, these little moments that let me pretend I belonged in this beautiful city for a while. Do you like to immerse yourself too while travelling? Then read on and discover these 10 local things to do in Rio de Janeiro. 1.       Start your day in a juice bar What will Continue Reading

Ten things you should know before going to Iceland

Iceland is the new hype in travel-land! Thanks to cheaper flights and free stop-overs the country has known a real boom in tourism! I couldn’t stay indifferent either to the gorgeous pics of jaw-dropping waterfalls, photogenic puffins and empty roads, so off I went on a 2-week adventure to the land of fire and ice! I read up a lot beforehand, but there were a few things I didn’t quite expect.  To better prepare YOUR trip, here are: Ten invaluable travel tips for Iceland! 1.Rent a car Yes, Continue Reading

Why Kerala is a different kind of India

So you think you know India? Crowded, polluted and heaving with holy cows? Well, think again! In February, I had the chance to visit the southern state of Kerala and boy, was I in for a surprise! Kerala is different from other parts of India! How? Glad you asked: 1.Where are the cows? I mean, seriously, where are they? A few years ago, I went to the Indian states of Rajasthan and Delhi where roaming cows in the city centre are as common as pedestrians or rickshaws. Everybody gets out of the Continue Reading

Rio de Janeiro: the ultimate travel tips!

Aaah, Rio de Janeiro! A name and place that leaves nobody indifferent! I planned on spending 4 days here, I ended up staying eight! A lot has been said or written about Brazil’s most (in)famous city. But how exactly do you “tackle” Rio? By all means, read on! 1/ Is Rio safe? Rio de Janeiro:  a name that evokes “beach, sun and sex”.  To some… To others Rio apparently evokes “crime, favela’s and hold-ups.  “Oh, be careful!  Are you sure it’s wise to go on Continue Reading

The most beautiful colonial towns of Brazil

From the southern town of Paraty to the northern city of Olinda: colonial architecture and cobblestone streets can be found all over Brazil. But nowhere is the concentration so high than in the inland state of Minas Gerais. Minas Gerais has long been known for its wealth of minerals and its mining activities, which, together with the goldrush, created huge wealth in the 18th century. The result is a mix of beautifully decorated churches, colonial houses and a peek into the country’s rich Continue Reading

Salvador da Bahia: beyond the Pelourinho

Colonial architecture, capoeira and Afro-Brazilian culture: these are the clichés that usually come to mind when you think of Brazil’s 3rd biggest city: Salvador da Bahia. And they are all there indeed! All concentrated in the small historic neighbourhood of the “Pelourinho”. You can spend hours walking the steep cobble-stone streets hunting for souvenirs, visiting one of the many beautifully decorated churches or stopping at the Terreiro de Jesus for a Continue Reading