Travelling on Crete during the pandemic

It’s peak season, the summer holidays, usually the worst time to travel. However, corona virus has messed up the normal and because of it I find paradise on Crete in July. I thought it best to go soon after the borders open in case there is a second wave and they decide to close again…

Unwinding at Balos beach

Balos beach, the most beautiful beach in Greece? I’d seen many photos of Balos Beach online while I did my research for my holiday to Crete. This beach is considered one of the top beaches in the world. I knew a day trip out to Balos and Gramvousa would be beautiful, but I tried not…

Falasarna Beach trip by bus

Seeing Crete’s gem Falasarna on a budget Falasarna is considered one of Crete’s more beautiful beaches. It’s located on the Western end of the island. There isn’t really a town near the beach, just some tourist accommodations and facilities. All the locals live in the nearby mountain town, which actually looks quite attractive as well.…

The Arkadi monastery on Crete

Taking the bus to the Arkadi monastery Not far from Rethymno stands the beautiful Arkadi monastery. It’s a popular destination for tourists staying in the Rethymno area. If you have a car you can make a great trip visiting the monastery and some other attractions in the area, like the pottery village of Margarites. Well……

The big day to the Samaria Gorge on Crete

Getting ready for Crete’s Samaria Gorge “The mules are not taxis, they’re ambulances” our guide explains on the way to the Samaria Gorge. It’s a tough audience at seven in the morning. I got up at 5.30AM to see one of Crete’s main attractions: the Samaria Gorge. It was still dark. As I waited for…

Street art in Plovdiv

Plovdiv in Bulgaria surprised me a lot. I’d never really heard of the city and when I started researching I found out it has got so much to offer. There are Roman ruins, beautiful old traditional houses, view points and… street art! Plovdiv is a very trendy city with some cool neighbourhoods to explore. Throughout…

Looking back at Veliko Tarnovo

My second last trip as a tour leader ventured into Bulgaria. It was my first time in the country and I was as amazed as my travellers. I took every opportunity to explore the cities we were visiting, but since I was working I didn’t have that much free time. Last March I was meant…

A visit to the Kröller Müller

When I see my brother and his wife I generally just see him at my parents’ or visit his house. This time though, we decided to do something else. Since many things are open again, we ventured into a museum. The Kröller Müller museum of modern art stands right in the Veluwe national park and…

Going Dutch: mudflat walking on the Wadden sea

Since I heard about “wadlopen” as a kid, I’ve wanted to give it a try. I think it’s a pretty Dutch activity and I struggle to explain it. In the north of the Netherlands you can cross the seabed of the Wadden sea on low tide. We call it “wadlopen”, literally “walking on the Wadden”,…

66 Seen Weg: the finish line

From Seddin to Potsdam It’s my last day on the 66 lakes trail. There is a lot of stormy, rainy weather forecasted this week, but today is manageable. No rain, just a totally overcast sky that makes it feel a little muggy. To honor its name, the walk offers some final lakes to enjoy. From…