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.
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 :)
Israel really was one of the most fascinating countries I’ve been to recently. There’s so many diversity in this country in any kind of way. The contrasts between the modern city of Tel Aviv and the historic city of Jerusalem, the beautiful beaches vs the dry deserts and last but not least, the diversity between the religions and cultures. I have to say – it’s a lot to take in, but I’m also so happy I went. It’s a country you often see on the news due to the political conflicts, but also a country that I knew very little of. I did, however, hear a lot of positive stories about visiting Israel and all the beautiful attractions it has to offer. With my family, we were looking for a holiday where we could explore a totally new and different country, not too far away from home where we could spend a lovely week away during our Christmas Holidays.
When we started the booking process and picking our destinations in Israel, it soon became apparent that it wouldn’t be the most accessible country to get around in though. Due to the different conflicts and religious differences within the country, you’ll have to be aware of where to go and not go as well. I’ll be happy to share our experience and provide the Pros and Con’s of visiting this country.