The Panorama Route of South Africa in 10 breathtaking stops

“There! That’s where I want to go!” I said, while trying to come up with an itinerary for our second trip to South Africa.  The picture of the Blyde River Canyon had been stuck in my head since last year, when we took our first trip to South Africa, a roadtrip from Cape Town to Johannesburg. Turned out it was a bit out of our way then, but this year, it was definitely on the agenda! After all, the Panorama Route, which included the Blyde River Canyon, has been nicknamed South Continue Reading

One month in South Africa: from Cape Town to Johannesburg

An intriguing history, abundant wildlife, scenic beauty, mouth-watering food and, ok I admit, some of the best wines in the world! No wonder South Africa attracts visitors from all over the world! So in January 2018 I hopped on a plane to Cape Town, ready to discover everything the country has to offer. I wanted to do the place justice and truly discover its diversity. From bustling cities to remote Xhosa villages, from game reserves to the Drakensberg mountains, this is the story of my one Continue Reading

The Causeway Coastal Route in 20 stops

Pristine beaches, photogenic castles and areas of outstanding beauty: this is in a nutshell the Northern Irish “Causeway Coastal Route”! In 2018, Lonely Planet has chosen the area as the number one region to visit, so that is saying something! The Causeway Coastal Route runs from the Northern Irish capital of Belfast to the historic city of Derry/Londonderry and is officially 120 miles long. Most tourists drive it in one day. If you really want to do it justice, however,  I would Continue Reading

15 Game of Thrones filming locations in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland was once a no-go zone where no sane traveler would venture. The beauty of its countryside was overshadowed by stories of troubles, bombs and sectarianism. And although all wounds aren’t completely healed yet, this little odd piece of the UK is nowadays more and more on the tourist radar. Even Lonely Planet has chosen Belfast and the Causeway Coastal Route as one of the top areas to visit in 2018! But above all, Northern Ireland has become a country of magic, history and Continue Reading

The most stunning white villages of Andalucia

Andalucía: a place where the sounds of guitar and flamenco still resonate, a region where the corrida (bull fighting) agitates the spirits and where the numerous religious fiestas and the Semana Santa celebrations create a never ending vibrant atmosphere. But behind these clichés lies a lesser known Andalucía. In the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga, deep within the valleys or high perched on a mountain top lie the numerous white villages of Andalucía, hidden from the madness of the coast! Continue Reading

Two weeks in the land of fire and ice

“You’re going to Iceland for two whole weeks!? What will you do there?” a colleague of mine asked. Still considered a cold and tiny island “somewhere in the sea”, few people are aware of its sheer size. But Iceland is not like any other country, where the main cities are connected by motorways and driving is pure bliss. No, in Iceland, prepare yourself for gravel roads, weather conditions that slow you down and the beauty of the place that will make you want to stop literally at every Continue Reading

Top 10 things to do in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland: a little piece of land that is officially part of the United Kingdom, while being geographically situated on the island of Ireland. No wonder it confuses people! It took a while before tourists ventured here after the conflicts of the ‘70’s-‘80’s, aka “The Troubles”. But with those times far behind us, Northern Ireland is now ready to show the world what it has to offer! Discover the top 10 things to do in Northern Ireland: 1. Swing on the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Continue Reading

Donegal: the most remote county of Ireland

Welcome to Donegal, one of the prettiest counties of Ireland! And what’s more: it’s one of the most remote ones as well! Despite the Wild Atlantic Way running through it, most tourists still seem to leave this part of the country untouched. More space and less crowds for the few that do venture there! And by all means, go! Amazing beaches, traditional thatched cottages and of course the friendly locals are reasons enough to spend a few days there! Donegal is +/- 4800 km², so Continue Reading

The wild and rugged beauty of Connemara

The eerie dense fog is draped over the mountains and bog lands as I enter the tiny village of Roundstone, the start of my road trip in Connemara, western Ireland. A “Galway hooker”, a rather unsettling name for a traditional fishing boat, is waiting in vain for clientele in the little harbour. It’s mid-June and Connemara has obviously refused to welcome summer. Instead of sipping cocktails, people warm themselves on a cup of tea and a huge bowl of hearty seafood chowder. But not Continue Reading

In the footsteps of Saint Patrick: the man, the myth, the legend!

Saint Patrick: associated with Ireland and shamrocks, and responsible for green coloured rivers, buildings and pints every year on the 17th of March. But what do we really know about the world’s most celebrated Saint and what’s left of his legacy in Ireland? Making a selection on which locations to visit on my Saint Patrick’s tour of Ireland was one of the hardest parts. There are literally hundreds of sites that claim to have some kind of connection with the saint! I decided to Continue Reading