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 we been?
It was winter in Europe. But in Rio I felt the sun burning on my skin. Heaven. While cycling I could hear the sound of kids having fun on the beach. Copacabana. Ipanema. Waves slowly rolling in; that lovely, reoccurring sound which is so relaxing…
Yes, we went on a bike tour of Rio de Janeiro before we headed further inland to Belo Horizonte, Romaria and Patrocinio. This was a special family history trip where it was fun to show you pictures of this rather unknown part of Brazil.
Back in Istanbul after almost 13 years! We were kindly invited by Mövenpick hotels to check out the city and their great hotel. Although the weather was quite gloomy we enjoyed experiencing the vibe of the city. A city where East literally meets West; where Europe and Asia are connected by the impressive Bosphorus bridge. The post about the Istanbul walking tour was enjoyed by you a lot.
London! Our kids were really excited to see the iconic spots like the Big Ben and the London Eye. From our GowithOh apartment on the North Greenwich peninsula we explored London for 3 days. They really enjoyed the bicycle tour with Baja bikes on our first day! In London we felt like the ultimate tourist….and we loved it!
June: Harz, Germany
We were invited by the German Tourism board to check a region in the eastern part of Germany that we honestly had never heard of before: Harz. But the Harz region impressed us: beautiful UNESCO heritage (medieval) cities like Goslar and Quedlinburg, castles, and a great landscape (especially the Brocken mountain). The overview post of this trip was shared on Facebook almost 700 times!
We are still talking about this trip! And I can promise you that more stories will be published on this blog soon.
Myanmar is relatively new as a tourist destination, but the number of visitors is growing rapidly. We are so happy to have been able to visit and see places like the plains of Bagan, the thousands of Buddha statues in Monywa, and the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon.
Back to one of our most favorite cities in the Netherlands: Rotterdam! Rotterdam is different from many cities in our country. Rotterdam is continuously challenging itself to keep on innovating: creating spectacular events (like the City Racing event we attended), building contemporary architectural landmarks, offering great food from all over the world, and more… We loved our stay in Hotel New York.
Top 5 posts read in 2014
Looking at all those new travel stories I was wondering whether these were also the ones that were read the most in 2014? Surprisingly not! It’s the older posts that still capture the most attention.
Traditionally so-called List Posts (like the popular “10 Things To Do” kind of posts) attract a big share of readers. My blog is not an exception to that rule (just look at the Top 3 about Ghent, Berlin and the Netherlands).
The stories about Florence and Jaipur are also doing great. Florence will always be a top destination in Europe, where the manipulated traffic signs of the artist called Clet amaze lots of visitors!
Posts about Myanmar (eg Our Myanmar Itinerary) were very popular in the last couple of months, but that’s too short for them to make it into the Top 2014 list. The oldest post in the list is one from 2012 about traveling to Japan and speaking Japanese.
The full Top 10 of 2014
- 10 reasons to visit Ghent in Belgium
- My 5 most favorite places in the Netherlands to explore with kids
- Berlin: 10 great things to do with your kids
- Hidden secrets of Florence
- Street art in Florence: look at the traffic signs!
- Cooling down in Jaipur
- Things to do in Wiesbaden, Germany
- Japan travel: do you really need to speak Japanese?
- The secret road to the monkey temple in Jaipur
- This is Paradise….Mauritius!
What about 2015?
What about 2015? Not sure yet. What we do know is that in Spring we will visit Morocco again. So much looking forward already to visit Fez and Chefchaouen in the Northern part of the country.
From Act of Traveling we wish you a wonderful New Year! Looking forward to connecting with you and share travel experiences again next year.
(and my family says Hi!)