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  • Paje beach in Zanzibar

    Together with fellow-blogger Vetexbart, we decided to go on an adventure and ended up on a beautiful island off the coast of Tanzania. Cheap flights out of Luxemburg gave us an opportunity to visit Zanzibar, even if it were just for a little while. Originally our plan was to spend 4 days at our destination, which included visiting Stone Town & relaxing at Paje beach, however one of our flights was cancelled due to technical issues and we ended up spending 24 hours  in Munich before continuing our journey. Three good things came of this: the Leonardo Royal hotel is a hotel I’d […]

  • Weekend in Bucharest

    Bucharest took me by surprise, I had a somewhat negative perception of the city before actually visiting, and was amazed to see what an enjoyable place it actually is. Communist era meets Art Nouveau buildings, clean streets, friendly people (except for the security guy at the hotel) with an entrepreneurial spirit and some cozy places for dining such as Naan, “welness cuisine” & Simbio, the latter is a must-do for breakfast or brunch (weekends from 10 to 18h). I was able to have breakfast outside, early March, +15°C…

    Also nice if you want to do some walking around or shopping, there’s a […]

  • Travelling through Namibia: highlights, itinerary & route

    I just returned from a 10-day journey through Namibia during which I drove nearly 3.000 kilometers by car, which was quite an adventure.

    When I booked this trip, I was looking for a country in Africa, which doesn’t get that many tourist, so a bit more off the beaten path, & where I could enjoy temperatures of +25°C. Namibia seemed like a perfect fit.

    Note that I’ve added some links to posts with lots of photos from this trip, click on them to open a new tab and check how picture-perfect these places really are.

    I flew from Brussels to Madrid on Iberia, continued […]

  • Namibia Sossusvlei

    Namibia Sossusvlei Namib-Naukluft National Park Sunrise

    You need to enter the park in Sesriem, ideally you should arrive at sunrise, that’s when the gates open. From the gate it’s another 50km to the 2×4 parking and a few more kilometers to the 4×4 parking. My car got stuck in the sand so after about an hour (and a token of my appreciation) the local guides helped me out.

    Big Daddy is one of the highest sand dunes in the world, on average 350m high. Because I had gotten stuck, I was one of the last to start climbing the dunes, but it […]

  • Moon Mountain Lodge Solitaire in Namibia

     

    Between Solitaire & Sossusvlei, the entrance to Namib-Naukluft National Park is another 55km from the Lodge. Perfect scenery for a spectacular sunset. (twice.)

    I stayed in an “Executive Suite” which featured a sun deck, private pool and a bathroom that was separated from the bedroom which meant having to go outside during the night. Perhaps that’s not something I would recommend, but other than that, definitely consider this place for your trip to Namibia.

  • The St. Regis Langkawi Kayu Puti Restaurant

    In November, we stayed 4 nights at The St. Regis Langkawi & had booked our stay through the Luxury Privileges program which came with some valuable benefits such as complimentary breakfast, daily half board (choice between lunch or dinner), round trip luxury limousine transfer, food & beverage or spa service credit, …

    Our stay as a whole was spectacular, although it’s still a fairly new property – we had a wonderful time here. We dined at L’Orangerie once & three times at Kayu Puti, not that L’Orangerie wasn’t great, but Kayu Puti was exceptional. Special thanks to Jan & Hafiz.

    During our last night at the […]

  • Malta in Winter

    I went on a 3-day trip to Malta during ‘winter’, where temperatures easily exceeded 15°C in the afternoon on a reasonably sunny December day.
    While I loved Malaga in January, except for its churches & cathedrals, this Mediterranean country unfortunately didn’t leave a memorable impression. It was fine. Perhaps Summer might be better to linger around?

    I rented a car and drove around the island, between places such Marsaxlokk, Valletta, Mdina, Mosta & Gnejna Bay. There are busses everywhere, but having more flexibility is the way to go (and rental cars were cheap anyway).