Europe

Is Sligo really that surprising?

Clarion Hotel Church

The first thing I read about the county of Sligo, Ireland, is that there is a wonderfully enigmatic local expression: "Sligo is surprising." Why?  

Well, the county is known to have an abundance of scenic landscapes and diverse cultures. As you might imagine, I was completely intrigued by this catch phrase.  And so began my quest to find an answer to the question of the day: is Sligo really that surprising? Read more

Dolphin watching at Slieve League, Ireland

Dolphin Watching Slieve League

One of the highlights of my tour through county Donegal in Ireland was visiting the cliffs of Slieve League. These are the highest in Europe, raising from sea level up to over 600 meters! To get the best view, we went on a boat ride with to see the cliffs from the ocean. As an added bonus, a group of Dolphins decided to join us for the ride! They really put on a show for us, making the boat tour that much more special. Check out this video I created to get an idea of what it was like.Read more

Windmills in Holland and their Role in Dutch History

windmill zaanse schans

Together with cheese, wooden shoes and tulips, the windmill is one of the things Holland is most famous for. Tourists flock from all over the world to catch a glimpse of the windmills in Holland. But the windmill is not just a pleasure to the eye in our typical, flat landscape.

The windmills in Holland played a crucial role in the development of our country. Windmills were used in various ways throughout the history of Holland. They were used to create land, build ships and produce flower, oil and even mustard!Read more

Westerplatte: The Start of World War II

Westerplatte

Do you know where the 2nd world war started? Or, to be more precise, where the first shots were fired? I knew it was in Poland, but I had no idea where exactly until I visited the city of Gdansk.

Just outside the city lies a small peninsula named "Westerplatte." This was the scene of the first battle of world war II. It now functions as a memorial site and it hosts a small museum. During my visit to Gdansk, I took the short boat ride to this historic site to find out what happened exactly.Read more

Video: The Fimmvorduhals hiking trail in Iceland

Fimmvorduhals

Would you like to go on a one-day hike passing by a volcano, two glaciers, multiple waterfalls, a roaring river and fairytale like green valleys? If so, consider going to Iceland and do the Fimmvorduhals hiking trail.

It takes you between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull (don't worry I can't pronounce this either) and ends in the magnificent valley of Þórsmörk. I did this awesome hike during my trip to Iceland and it was the best hike I've ever done. Check out the video to see what it was like! Read more

Seven Reasons to Visit Iceland in the Summer

Visit Iceland in the Summer

My trip to Iceland is almost over. In one week I've hiked up a volcano, walked on a glacier, saw geysers, waterfalls and lava fields, learned about the history of the country, saw some awesome sunsets and went whale watching and visited three small towns.

It made me realize how much this country has to offer and what a great destination it is, especially in the summer. In fact, I'm already planning my next visit! Here are seven reasons to visit Iceland in the summer. Read more

Yacht Week Croatia: The Ultimate Survival Guide

When I first heard of The Yacht Week Croatia, it didn't take me very long to make the decision to go. Cruising around the Croatian islands on a sailing yacht with a bunch of friends and about 50 other yachts with people from all around the world? Sounds like something I might enjoy! 🙂

To get an idea what The Yacht Week is about, check out the official trailer. Watched it? Ok, so now you want to go as well. Good news, I've written an extensive guide that will help you get the most out of it!Read more

Split first Impressions: Finding my Bearings

Split

The first thing Bear Grylls (Ultimate Survival, Discovery Channel) does after he is dropped off in some remote spot in the middle of no-where is "getting his bearings."

This is exactly what I do when I arrive in a new city, like today in Split, Croatia. I want to know where I am, how the city is set up and what the surroundings look like. No better way to do this then to find a good vantage point! Read more

Trakai Castle - A Medieval Stronghold in Lithuania

Trakai Castle Thumb

When in Lithuania, a visit to Trakai Castle is mandatory. The castle is located in the city of Trakai, about 20 km from Vilnius, Lithuania's capital. It's situated in the Trakai Historic National Park.

The park consists mainly of forests and lakes, well over 200. The castle itself is located in the middle of the biggest lake, lake Galvė. The castle was of great strategic importance during the days of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and it has seen many wars. Read more

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