When I visited Seville, I had to include a visit to the roman ruins of Italica. Not only because I love to visit Roman ruins, but also because it was a filming location for Game of Thrones season 7! The amphitheatre in Italica (in which 25,000 people could be seated) was transformed into the dragonpit…Continue Reading “The Roman Ruins of Italica, Spain”
We always seem to think that the best places to visit are somewhere far away and not in our own home country. However, it can be very surprising and rewarding to visit some sights closer to home (and I just love castles). Therefore, one week ago my boyfriend and I got on a train to Utrecht, hopped on a bus and visited Castle de Haar. This castle is one of the most gorgeous castles in the Netherlands. The other people waiting for the bus to the castle were an American couple and three Spanish-speaking people (not sure where they were from), so I immediately had the feeling of a holiday and felt very excited.Continue Reading "Castle De Haar: a beautiful castle in the Netherlands"
Glasgow was the last stop on my first (solo) trip to Scotland: from Edinburgh and Stirling, I travelled to Inverness, Loch Ness, and from there to Eilean Donan Castle. I visited the Isle of Skye and via Fort William and Loch Lomond, I ended up in Glasgow. I didn’t know a lot about Glasgow, so started my time in Glasgow by wandering around, vaguely knowing where I wanted to go.Continue Reading "Exploring Scotland Solo: Glasgow"
From the end of September till December 2017, I studied abroad in the UK at the University of Warwick. At the end of my stay, I knew there was one thing I still wanted to do very very much, namely to visit Wales. So, when I saw a Black Friday sale on the Virgin trains website, I bought a return train ticket to Banger for 11 (!!) pounds. Two weeks later I hopped on the train to the north of Wales. It was a little cold, but it didn’t rain, so I guess the weather was great!Continue Reading "A 2-day trip to North Wales: what to see?"
Many times, I have visited the Loire valley on holidays with my parents, for the first time in 2008. On these holidays, we obviously had to visit several of the famous castles that you can find in this area. Exploring these castles really fostered my love for history and architecture. In this blogpost, I will share with you some of my favourite castles situated in this valley (in no particular order).Continue Reading "My top 5 castles of the Loire valley"
In sunny (although not so sunny when I visited the region..) Andalusia, in the south of Spain, the gorgeous town of Cordoba can be found. The town has a very interesting history and several different cultures have ruled over the city. It’s definitely worth to visit as a day-trip from Seville.Continue Reading "What to see in Cordoba, Spain"
After visiting the Isle of Skye, I continued my first trip to Scotland by going to Mallaig and Fort William. After hesitating whether to head for Oban and skip Fort William or stay in Fort William one day longer and then heading to Loch Lomond by bus, I picked the latter. I would have had (too) little time for Oban. Moreover, some ’empty days’ in which you have not planned much, but in which you can just explore the area are great as well when travelling. I recently picked up the phrase slow travel, I guess I’ve applied the concept without knowing about it!Continue Reading "Exploring Scotland Solo: Mallaig, Fort William, and Loch Lomond"
Some 180 kilometers south of Barcelona and some 90 kilometers south of Tarragona lies Tortosa in the province of Catalonia, Spain. A city often overlooked, but certainly worth a visit. For the last couple of years, I have been to Spain at least once a year and I think it’s very important to not only visit highlights like Barcelona and Madrid, but also smaller and lesser known cities. I spent an afternoon in Tortosa on a sunny day in the summer. Yes, it was hot, but it was also an afternoon full of culture!Continue Reading "An afternoon in Tortosa, Spain"
During my first trip to Scotland I had to visit the Isle of Skye. After visiting Edinburgh, Inverness and the Eilean Donan Castle, I discovered the Trotternish peninsula (the northern part of Skye) on my first two days on Skye, which offers a variety of things to. The other two days I had planned to visit other parts of the island.Continue Reading "Exploring Scotland Solo: Isle of Skye Part II"
It may not be very original, but for my first trip to Scotland, I definitely wanted to spend a few days on the Isle of Skye. In earlier blogposts I talked about my time in Edinburgh and Stirling, and in Inverness and the Eilean Donan Castle, but to be fair, Skye was the highlight of my trip. I took way to many pictures, especially on the first day. Initially, I had planned to cover all my days on Skye in one blogpost, but there was just too much to talk about. In the end, I have decided to split everything into two posts.Continue Reading "Exploring Scotland Solo: Isle of Skye Part I"