• Trek to Ala-Kul lake in Karakol Kyrgyzstan

    The highlight of our visit to Kyrgyzstan was definitely the trek to Ala-Kul, a turquoise lake which lies at an altitude of approximately 3.500m. It was something we had really looked forward to, so I’ll gladly share with you the planning, gear & the trek itself.

    I was advised by local people to use a guide for the trek, keeping in mind our safety and that we knew little of multiple day trekking, we used the services of Visit Karakol to get us there & back. We had also contacted other companies, to check whether the requested price was competitive, but we always […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Churches in Lebanon

    What impressed me most about Lebanon, was not just the nightlife, nor the sublime restaurants, but the churches! Maybe I was ignorant for not knowing that more than 40% of the country’s inhabitants are Christians – which is apparently the highest rate in the Middle East.

    Whenever I visit a new country, I’ll always check out the historical landmarks which more often than not, include places of worship. I’d like you to focus your attention to the ‘main’ picture in this post, which was taken at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Harissa, not that far from Beirut but only 100 metres away from “Our […]

  • 10 Reasons to visit Cape Town

    While I’ve already been to many places, Cape Town is still one of my favourite destinations in the world and I’ve made a list of top 10 reasons why you should visit Cape Town asap and added some things to do!

    I visited the “Mother City” and its surroundings in January & February 2014 and again in January 2016 and I simply #LoveCapeTown.

    To enjoy a trip to the fullest, I really recommend renting a car which will cost you only €15/day. Just don’t use Woodford Car Hire.

    In 2016 I’ll also be exploring some new & exciting destinations and I hope to […]

  • Waterkloof restaurant degustation menu

    After having booked my flights to Cape Town on a whim, the first thing I did was contact Waterkloof restaurant to check if it would still be possible to make a reservation for lunch.

    I visited Cape Town two years ago and one of the highlights was the degustation menu at Waterkloof, located in Somerset West, only 45min by car from Cape Town V&A or 15min from Stellenbosch.

    The region has quite an amazing food scene and all the popular restaurants require a reservation in advance, for which you need to call, email or tweet. Personally, I would appreciate an online booking […]

  • This was 2015

    London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney, Auckland, Taupo, Nelson, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Queenstown, Warsaw, New York, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, London, Campinas, St. Petersburg, Mumbai, Doha, Bologna, Helsinki, Kraków, The Hague,  Abu Dhabi, Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Lombok, Kuta, Bilbao, San Sebastián, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Berlin, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oslo, Paris, Perth, Melbourne, Auckland, Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Berlin.

    Chronological list of places I visited in 2015.

    It’s that time of the year again when everyone publishes a “best of 2015” list and looks forward to what 2016 may bring. While I did take 73 flights and flew 132.334 miles, I also spent a lot of […]

  • Bora Bora, Moorea & Tahiti: favourite pictures

    Good evening from Bora Bora!

    The scenery is absolutely amazing here. French Polynesia is by far the most beautiful & colourful destination I have ever visited. Perhaps it is even best described as “50 shades of blue & green”. Rays of sun can light up the entire lagoon so quickly that the water changes from baby blue to aquamarine to turquoise in a split second, it is different wherever you look. Green has never seen so many shades and can easily compete with lush tea plantations on Java.

    You have to see it to believe it.

    During the past 10 days, I’ve taken over 2.375 pictures and already shared some of […]

  • SPGLIFE in Abu Dhabi & Dubai

    In November I had the pleasure to play a role in the SPG Vienna Destination video that was recently “released” on YouTube & SPG TV in hotels throughout Europe, Middle East & Africa. I was in luck again when they invited me to join ISMRC15 – a conference that would take place in Abu Dhabi. Very basically put: they used my persona throughout the conference, in workshops where participants needed to re:think how to connect & interact with travellers. I’m sure that at the end of the week, everyone was sick of hearing my name 😉 However what the 800 attendees didn’t […]