I wonder why people in the 18th century needed to create liveable conditions of the swamps of Nederwaard, surely Europe wasn’t that crowded back then? But it is impressive: over 200 years ago people built 78 windmills to pump up water to live on the land – and in the mills. When driving to the […]
The Netherlands are known for great bike paths but I thought they were good in Maldegen, Belgium, too, were we visited friends, borrowed bikes and went too see the countryside and the small town revive their old tradition of a parade of giants.
From The Hague we explored the Zeeland. The drives were wonderful; roads in excellent condition, wide views and such long bridges that at times it felt like we were driving on water. We stayed the night in Middelburg, the beautiful capital of Zeeland. Did you know president Roosevelt originally came from the Zeeland area? We […]
The great thing with continental Europe is that the distances are so short. Me and hubby got a free long weekend in September, booked flights to Amsterdam, hired a small car for three days. Long nights, relaxing meals and coffee breaks, catching up with friends, a few walks and a bike ride in three days. […]
Worth a stop: pretty waterways, reasonable size for a descent little walk, pretty flowers and relatively real looking animal sculptures for kids to spot and rehearse their photographic skills on.
Lappeenranta, a city about 3 hours drive north east from Helsinki, builds every year huge sand sculptures by lake Saimaa. They call it a sand castle but I think it is more than that, showing a number of amazing and creative designs. We had a lovely morning walk in the area.
Just a short walk away from the central market in Kuopio in Eastern Finland lies the green peninsula Väinölänniemi, that offers a lovely morning walk. By the shore one can see our hotel Scandic, not free for most but a lovely location and with a great range of glutenfree products.
Tartu, Estonia. A random use of a former Soviet airfield but supposedly the museum is worth a visit. We’ll make it in next time. Behind it something more random: an upside down house.
The beach in Pärnu is famous, but I didn’t realise how fantastic it is until we went there. I’d be happy to go back! I was impressed to read on a statue that already in the 19th century the head of the town had the foresight to start developing the beach area to make it […]
We totally underestimated the size of this former sailing giant that is now with EU money trying to restore the old skills and traditions. We didn’t make it across the whole island to the highest light house but we climbed up the one closer the capital of the island. Next to it was also a […]