Enter a world of blue in Chefchaouen, Morocco.

by Emiel van den Boomen on May 16, 2015

Stairs in Chefchaouen

We fell in love with Chefchaouen, the blue city in the North of Morocco. We were moved by the sheer uniqueness and unearthly feeling of this place. I liked it far better than for example the old city of Fez. Walking the medina of Chefchaouen, a cobblestone maze of lucent blue colors, it feels like heaven. Your own blue heaven.

Great spot in Chefchaouen
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Canals of Leiden, the Netherlands

April 23, 2015 Netherlands
Canals of Leiden

If you ever thought only Amsterdam offers picturesque canal views, think again. The Netherlands offer so many wonderful historical cities where we recently spent a weekend in one of them: Leiden. Although I have been to this city before, I never went on a canal cruise. That’s for tourists, right? At least that was my […]

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3 cool Buddhist places to visit in Myanmar (part 2)

March 27, 2015 Myanmar
Buddhist places in Myanmar

We are back for part 2 of this post about some fascinating Buddhist places in Myanmar. In part 1 of this post I have written about Buddhist places that are fairly unknown. Of course I could easily have talked about the world-famous Bagan, the majestic Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon, the 116mtr (424ft) high Buddha statue […]

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3 cool Buddhist places to visit in Myanmar (part 1)

March 26, 2015 Myanmar
Cool buddhist places Myanmar

When you travel in Asia you will for sure meet Buddhist monks. A lot of them! Yes, you easily recognise these guys: in orange or red robes they walk around town and meditate in temples and pagodas. Some also teach and others run clinics or orphanages. Everywhere in Asia you will find not only monks, […]

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Let’s get the Dutch village of Giethoorn on the new Monopoly board! #VoteMonopoly

March 5, 2015 My reviews of books, accommodation and more

One of the must-see places to visit in the Netherlands is…Giethoorn! It is one of my top 5 places to visit. This small village is also called the Venice of the Netherlands. And now Giethoorn is running a huge campaign to get itself on the new Monopoly board! Giethoorn is unique; a small village crossed […]

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Surprising Inle Lake in Myanmar…but without Jumping Cats

January 24, 2015 Myanmar
Inle Lake Myanmar

Inle Lake is one of the major tourist attractions in Myanmar. The lake itself is really beautiful where we loved navigating through the floating gardens the most. More about that later… But how come that somehow we felt the Inle Lake can easily become the next big tourist trap? For example, do you really believe […]

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Spectacular year-end light festivals

December 31, 2014 More travel inspiration

“If we all light up we can scare away the dark.” (lyrics by Passenger) Why not visit one of the light festivals in December and January? Get out there at night and be surrounded by happy colours. See the faces of people light up when they gaze at beautiful sculptures incorporating vivid lights. China Light […]

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Best travel moments of 2014 (and Top 10 most popular posts!)

December 28, 2014 More travel inspiration

People keep asking me about my most memorable travel moment of 2014. Well, there have been a few! On a bike with my parents and sister in Rio de Janeiro. Watching the sunset over the plains of Bagan in Myanmar with my family. 2014 was a really special travel year for us! So where have […]

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Ode to Bagan

December 6, 2014 Myanmar
Bagan Myanmar

Thousands of ancient Buddhist pagodas, temples and monasteries, Rising above the plains of Bagan, Standing strong for more than 800 years, Guiding you on a journey to discover monuments of the past. The sunrise promising another glorious day, Wherever you wander glimpses of archaeological beauty. The sunset glow setting the pagoda on fire, To leave […]

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Crazy and surreal Monywa (Myanmar)

November 17, 2014 Myanmar
Monywa Myanmar

Surreal. Disorienting. Monywa is just one of many Burmese cities, but it has two special places that will certainly raise your eyebrows: the Thanbodday Pagoda with its 500,000 (!) Buddha images and Bodhi Tataung: two extremely large Buddhas of which one 116-metre (424ft) standing Buddha and one 95 metres (312ft) lying (or: reclining) one. Crazy! […]

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