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4 x enjoying Rio de Janeiro from above!


The beauty of Rio de Janeiro has been repeatedly sung about. The astonishing beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana have acquired fame all over the world. No surprise this city was nicknamed “Ciudade Maravillosa”, or “Wonderful City”. Anyone who has ever been to Rio de Janeiro, will agree, this city is a treasure worth discovering!

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A guide through the impressive Drakensberg for when you’re short on time



South Africa, an exotic destination that is becoming increasingly popular especially among European tourists. And with good reason! Stunning natural parks, Big 5 safaris , beautiful coasts and then there's Cape Town with her impressive Table Mountain.

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7 must-do’s on the Isle of Skye


Lush green valleys, rugged peaks, hidden lakes and even white sand beaches – the Isle of Skye has it all! It’s difficult not to be enchanted by its otherworldly nature and mythical tales.

All that natural beauty makes it hard to choose though, so we thought we’d share our top 7 must do beauty spots that should not be missing on your list!

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Victoria Falls: Zimbabwe vs. Zambia, which side is better?

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe and Zambia

Victoria Falls is a natural wonder that appears on almost everyone’s bucket list and is considered as one of the highlights when visiting the African continent. During our three week trip through Africa, we decided to find out if this miracle of nature would indeed live up to our ever growing expectations. We’d been excited about seeing this big waterfall but had never imagined something so powerful it could surround us with sound and soak us with its rainbow-lit spray – it was magical!

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5 Ways to Experience the Natural Wonders of Brazil



Brazil is the largest country in South America and home to some of the world’s most buzzling cities. The Portuguese heritage and African influences make this country stand out from the rest of South America. Brazil is colorful and full of energy. That goes for the population and its nature!

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Our free, self guided walking tour to see Edinburgh!



The Athens of the North, quite a name to live up to...

Not many people may know it, but this really is one of the nicknames of one of the most exciting cities we've visited while traveling around the world.

For those of you who don't have a clue: Edinburgh is the name!

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Russia's Golden Ring: day trips into history



North-east of Moscow lies a land full of small historical towns, straight from a Russian fairy-tale. Russia’s Golden Ring - a circuit of about 10 ancient towns - is often skipped by foreign tourists in favour of the majestic cities of Moscow and St Petersburg. Such a shame as only a short train ride away from Moscow lie golden onion-domed churches, convents, monasteries and wooden cottages with decorations that might as well have been carved by Gepetto himself.


The route is made up primarily of the ancient towns of Sergiyev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalesskiy, Rostov Velikiy, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Suzdal and Vladimir and are traditionally included in organized multi-day tours. The region however, can effortlessly be explored independently. If you have a week to spare you could hire a car in Moscow, where most international rental companies are represented, and drive the Golden Ring route yourself – that is if you can handle the mind-boggling Russian traffic jams. If, however, you are short on time, you can easily visit some of these towns on a day trip from Moscow. The journey times to most are only a couple of hours by train from the capital.


During our trip through Russia we spent time at two different Golden Ring towns: Sergiyev Posad and Suzdal. Read on and let’s discover them together!






About 80 km from Moscow lies the most important and most lavishly decorated monastic residence in Russia: the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sergiyev Posad is known as the spiritual heart of Russian Orthodoxy and a pilgrimage. Many people come there to pay a visit to the various churches and pray.

From the moment we stepped out of our Marshrutka (Russian taxicab) we were met by an incredible view over the glistering domes of Sergiyev Posad, accompanied by a beautiful blue sky.




The whole avenue that leads up to the entrance gate is surrounded by local babushka’s selling beautiful scarves to cover your hair and shoulders when entering the religious domain. Oh…and the entrance is free of charge!




The impressive entrance gate and ornate decorations gave a real Disney-vibe to the place… as did the huge Russian crowds.

During our visit, many of the towers were being renovated. This can only mean that Sergiyev Posad only looks even better right now 😉.



WHAT TO SEE


Founded in the 14th century by St Sergei of Radonezh, Sergiev Posad is still an active monastery. One of the highlights for us was visiting the dark Trinity Cathedral. The interior was all lit up by oil lamps which gave an ancient and very intimate feel to the place. The tomb of St. Sergei stands in the southeastern corner of the cathedral and a memorial service for him goes on 24/7. Try to visit Sergiev Posad on a weekday to avoid the crowds. Even then we were met by a huge queue which tried to encircle the entire Trinity Cathedral, which we wanted to visit.

After visiting the cathedral we walked around the Lavra’s domain, admiring the gorgeous buildings, churches and traditions, taking in all the local people buzzing around. Unfortunately for us, about 70% of the domain was undergoing a massive renovation so a lot of the gorgeous onion-shaped domes were hidden from view. There are supposed to be some saphire blue domes dotted with golden stars somewhere underneeth those tarpaulins.




If you’d like a taste of the local cuisine, there is a nearby restaurant called Gostevaya Izba which serves Russian food made from the monastery produce (vegetables, dairy products, …). Unfortunately we only became aware of this after our trip (so much for research and planning ;-)) and spent our lunch at the McDonalds near the bus stop.



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Founded in the 14th century by St Sergei of Radonezh, Sergiev Posad is still an active monastery. One of the highlights for us was visiting the dark Trinity Cathedral. The interior was all lit up by oil lamps which gave an ancient and very intimate feel to the place. The tomb of St. Sergei stands in the southeastern corner of the cathedral and a memorial service for him goes on 24/7. Try to visit Sergiev Posad on a weekday to avoid the crowds. Even then we were met by a huge queue which tried to encircle the entire Trinity Cathedral, which we wanted to visit.

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A DIY chocolate tour in Brussels



Hi, I'm Marlo and I'm a chocoholic.

No judging please, I have an excuse… I grew up in Belgium and there’s no way around this sweet deliciousness.

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