Currently, it’s such a weird time that I had to write a blog. To be able to really remember these times and what is happening all around us. Something that was only happening in movies is now the new reality – there is a virus outbreak. It’s called the coronavirus, or COVID-19. It sounds scary and at first it also was. Not knowing how bad it would actually affect people, there were scary stories on the news of many people dying – first in China, then big outbreaks in Italy and Spain and eventually also the Netherlands. At first it seemed like the virus would stay in China and we would be fine in Europe, but of course that was naive. With all the traveling around the world that is going in on – it spread super fast. A lot of countries went into ‘lockdown’ not being able to leave their houses at all. And end of March, it’s gotten to a point in the Netherlands as well that everyone was sent home from work.
Travel to me means something that is a bit out of your comfort zone – going the extra mile, adventure, exploring new places that you might not have thought of before and opening up your mind to new cultures. I love to travel and I was lucky enough to go and travel to some amazing places like Cuba, Morocco, South-Africa and Israel. Places that I heard goods stories about but was quite reluctant to visit at first, afraid of the unknown, a culture shock. I would have never thought of going to South-Africa (Africa really never appealed to me, while now I cannot wait to get back someday). Isreal scared me because all the crazy stories you hear about the wars on the news, but it was such a wonderful destination to spend a family holiday there – who would have known ;)
It’s been 2 years since visiting Cuba, what an amazing holiday that was! I’ve written a blog about this country of rum, salsa and cigars previously here: Tips for preparing a vacation to Cuba), with travel tips and recommendations for places to stay. However, I haven’t shared that many pictures of this trip, while Cuba is such a photogenic country! I’ve been loving photography for quite some time now, especially on my holidays. So I’d like to share my photo’s a bit more on my blog as well! With a recent holiday to Israel, I published my first photoblog: Photoblog: Tel Aviv Street Art and I thought – I might as well make it a recurrent blog theme and post more photoblogs! I always love seeing other people’s travel pictures, as it inspires me to exploring new destinations. Therefore, now I hope to inspire you to visit Cuba!
My colleague is visiting Marrakech next week, and as I was giving her some tips for places to visit, I realised I haven’t gotten to write a blog about my experience there! I visited Morocco with a friend for the first time in November 2017, which is actually a perfect destination for that time of year – not too hot, but still warm and sunny! We stayed in Marrakech only, for 7 days, but we did decide to book 2 accommodations there. First within the Medina, at a Riad, to really experience the vibrant city. And the second part of the week in a more quiet area, in basically a palace (Palais Dar Ouladna, which I really can recommend)! It had a swimming pool with a wonderful garden so we could spend the rest of our time for relaxations and tanning.
Hereby sharing my experience of this trip, with some recommendations of places to visit and of course plenty of pictures. In my opinion, Marrakech is the perfect destination for a short trip – with beautiful sights to see in the city, potential cool day trips to visit the surroundings of the city and due to the pleasant climate, a nice escape from the cold Netherlands ;) Continue reading “Highlights for a 1-week city trip to Marrakech!”
I’ve recently written my take on Israel as a holiday destination: Honest Travel Review: The 5 Up- and Downsides of picking Israel as a Holiday Destination. And as mentioned there, I was very pleasantly surprised by Tel Aviv and it’s cool vibe. What especially stood out to me was all the street art everywhere in the city, which makes for such a photogenic city. In this blog, I wanted to talk less and show more – sharing my photos of the beautiful street art we saw during our 2-day stay. I don’t really have recommendations for a route and where to find some cool graffiti pieces, it’s actually finable all around the city! I hope you’ll enjoy my photos :)