Off the beaten: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

It was a sunny Saturday morning and I was sitting on my balcony, scrolling Instagram for my weekly fix of travel daydreaming, when I saw it:
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.

Just… love at first sight!

And this wanderlusting was not for a far away place, because the amazing piece of nature -meets – man-made is a mere 50 minutes flight away from Barcelona.

In my mind this was a done deal, right there on that balcony. … More Off the beaten: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

A Basque Mini-Readathon

Finding some real Basque literature before my Bilbao mini-readathon was a tough challenge!

Most books I managed to find were available in Spanish, but close to impossible to find in English.

And no wonder!
Euskera outnumbers Icelandic when it comes to speakers of the language, and it’s by far more encountered than, say, Kaixana or Taushiro (yes, I googled rarest languages on earth).

However, it is only spoken by ~700.000 people. Which is a real shame, for apparently there is some seriously exquisite and original literature made in Basque.

Read more..
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An Off-Season Quickie to Ibiza

Ibiza off season was completely on purpose (and partly because of the crazy cheap flights, yes) but I am glad we went against the crowds.

Because, once you cut out the clubs, the overly crowded beaches & the constantly inebriated youth (hey, I’m 30 now, I am allowed to complain about the youngsters, okay?) Ibiza has a special charm of its own.

Once you step outside the hotel, you’ll be getting an almost rural glimpse into what the island would have been, if the Guettas and the Pacha’s and Ushuaïa’s didn’t exist. … More An Off-Season Quickie to Ibiza

Basel *Wonder*World

Basel was a gift for my husband’s birthday, since he’s wanted to go to Baselworld for a long time.

And yes I’ll admit when it comes to travel, I am always a little bit selfish, so I would not pass on the opportunity to check Switzerland off my list.Read more…
Also, I wanted to see what all the fuss is about; heh Switzerland? And between the very short stop to Geneva & Lausanne and now Basel, I have to say I get it.

Those mountains.. … More Basel *Wonder*World

Why you should visit Barcelona in February (hint: Carnival!)

‘If Carnival was fifteen times a year and Christmas came every month, if every day was Easter and Lent never came’.
The saying makes it quite obvious that Carnival is one of the most popular festivals of the year in Spain.
Carnival is up there with the big guys, Easter and Christmas.

In Barcelona, Carnival is the festival that gets most people out and about.

Every year during one week, the city is transformed in a hot colorful mess, with parades and kings, sardine funerals and people of all ages dressed up one more creatively than the other. … More Why you should visit Barcelona in February (hint: Carnival!)

Venicing Away

What can you say about Venice, that 68,478 other people haven’t already said already? So many people that Venice is considering putting a cap on the number of people visiting, to control overcrowding?
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