Cocktails and mussels

  Bookworms might recognize the names of some of the small towns and natural reserves situated near the Zeeuws-Flemish coast. The town of Retranchement and the natural reserve Zwin are both frequently mentioned in Herman Koch’s book: Dear Mr. M. The book tells the tale of the disappearance of a teacher near the Zwin reserve. It relates of dark winter nights, cold, snow and icy wind. All told from the

view of the blue ocean at Brac island

Travel writing has been hijacked by articles with titles such as ’10 things to do while in Boston’ or ‘the five best tapas restaurants to visit while in Barcelona’. Helpful lists indeed, especially for those wanting to fill their Instagram feed with pictures of the Eiffel tower, the Mona Lisa and a plate filled with food in an ‘it’ restaurant while in Paris. But lies the charm of travel not

Exhibition Stalin museum

Little known to the public is the fact that Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet union from the 1920s until 1953, was born in Gori in Georgia. In fact, the name he received at birth, Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili, has little similarity to the name people use to refer to him and to his regime. Stalin means ‘man of steel’ in Russian and the name was given to him

Georgian painter Lado Gudiashvili

The unique style of the paintings of Georgian painter Lado Gudiashvili makes it easy to identify his work. Long, peculiar caricature shaped heads, large longing eyes and high cheekbones characterize the people depicted in his paintings. His art cannot possibly be called realistic yet while looking at his work, it is as if you do know the people in it. As if you do know the vain actresses and courtesans

Tbilisi, a hidden gem in Georgia

When I was little I once had a dream about going to Tbilisi, a city I only knew vaguely from geography class to be the capital of Georgia. I remember waking up thinking sarcastically ‘yeah, like I would ever want to travel there’. And that was the last of it. I never gave Tbilisi a second thought. To be quite honest I think that is the case for most of

Restaurants in Gudauri

Val Thorens, Aspen, Lillehammer and Gudauri all have in common.. Yup, you said it! All four of them are great winter sports locations. The difference being that Gudauri is the least well known of the four. Totally undeserved though if you ask us. Gudauri is a young and upcoming winter sport destination and resort in the Kazbegi region of Georgia. The mountainous area is also referred to as the greater

Perm 36 Russian Gulag

I stepped off the bus and into the endless grasslands of the Urals. Although it was only mid-September, an icy wind sweeping across the open fields of Russia’s Perm Krai blasted me. The bus driver jabbed his finger towards a village in the distance, slammed the doors shut and sped away. I zipped up my lightweight jacket and soldiered on towards the ramshackle village of Kuchino. It had been little

Ilha de Tavira

The last time I went camping I was thirteen years old. Our tent was already set up when we arrived and it contained four comfortable beds, a small kitchenette and a dinner table and chairs. You could not really call it ‘roughing it out in the wild’. However, the discomfort of not having a toilet or shower in a radius of a few hundred meters made me promise myself that

Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is a 178 kilometer circular route in Ireland’s county of Kerry passing by ancient castles, rugged landscapes, small Irish towns and the wild Atlantic ocean. It is possible to drive, bike or walk the route but most visitors opt for driving. If you are in a hurry you can drive along the Ring of Kerry in half a day, see most of the sights and stop

Cliffs of Moher

‘Not too close to the edge, you might fall! Come on, I just want to make a selfie to show how high the cliffs actually are. Can you hold my legs? Kieran, don’t encourage him to do those things. He might fall down!’ Apparently some visitors go ‘selfie’ crazy when walking on top of the Cliffs of Moher. And although we would never agree to let someone else hold our