• Europe

    Valencia, Spain

    Cuidad Vieja Halfway along the east coast of Spain, on the Mediterranean Sea, sits the city of Valencia. It is the third largest city in Spain and has about as many inhabitants as Amsterdam. Because for Dutchies Valencia is only a two-hour flight away and you can already enjoy the benefits of the Mediterranean climate at the beginning of March,…

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    Ghent, Belgium

    Two years ago at the end of the year I went to the Belgian city of Bruges for a weekend, last year Antwerp was the destination and this year I am in Ghent for a weekend. It’s cold, but beautiful sunny weather, perfect to spend a weekend at our southern neighbors. Ghent is located in the province of East Flanders,…

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    Warsaw & Krakow, Poland

    Poland may not be the first country that comes to mind as a travel destination. But a week in the capital Warsaw and the second largest city in the county, Krakow, confirmed what I already thought: Poland is well worth a visit. Both Warsaw and Krakow are surprisingly beautiful cities! The fact that Poland might not be high on your…

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    Bruges, Belgium

    It is Friday afternoon, just after 1 p.m., when we set out for Bruges, the old Hanseatic city in the region of Flanders, Belgium. Despite the fact that it is Friday afternoon, we are not bothered by traffic jams and we arrive at our destination at about four p.m.. We drop our luggage at the hostel where we will spend…

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    Prague, Czech Republic

    “Kde se pivo vaří. Tam se dobře daří.” (Where beer is brewed, life is good. – Czech proverb) Nové Město After a very early start, I land at 8:15 a.m. at Václav Havel International Airport, the airport of the Czech capital Prague (or Praha in Czech). That is just over an hour after we took off from Amsterdam Airport. Although…

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    London, UK

    West End After a short flight of barely fifty minutes, we land at Gatwick Airport, about 45 kilometers south of London. It’s another half hour with the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station and fifteen minutes by tube to our hotel in the Bayswater district, north of the Kensington Gardens. After leaving our luggage there, it’s time to see the city.…

  • Europe

    Stockholm, Sweden

    After a flight of one and a half hours I arrive on schedule at Arlanda International Airport. I am only carrying hand luggage, so I can walk out directly. Online I have bought a ticket for the Arlanda Express, the train that takes me to Stockholm Central Station in twenty minutes. The capital of Sweden, the land of Ikea and…

  • Europe

    Berlin, Germany

    Thursday 13 May 2010 If you depart from Amsterdam Airport just before 7 a.m. you have to get out of bed at 3 a.m.. A bit early if you ask me. I’m not fully awake yet when we are on the train to the airport. Two hours later our plane leaves for Berlin. We arrive at Tegel Airport, on the…

  • Asia

    Hong Kong

    On my way to Vietnam, where I will be traveling for about three weeks, I have a stopover in Hong Kong. I have just under ten hours before my flight to Hanoi departs, just enough to spend a day in this metropolis. Kind of a bonus to my Vietnam trip. The flight to Hong Kong is long, about eleven hours.…