zuper zollverein

zuper zollverein

In 1847 the first spade went into the German soil at what we nowadays know as Zollverein. From 1851 till the day before Christmas 1986, the vast industrial complex served as one of Germany’s largest coalmines and coking plant. Thousands of men descended into the dark shafts, some never to surface again. Over their heads […] more…
rhodds barn rural retreat

rhodds barn rural retreat

Cary and Richard Goode did something many of us dream about. They acquired and old farm on the English countryside and turned it into a beautiful mansion. The 13 acres of land that came with the farm were transformed into a lush garden full of art, flowers and places to enjoy the views of hills rolling […] more…
beauty & the swan

beauty & the swan

Attending a performance at the Budapest Opera House is a must for all who love ballet, opera or architecture. First, you’ll be embraced by the golden neo-Renaissance creation of one of Hungary’s most acclaimed architects: Miklós Ybl. Second, you’ll notice that your fellow attendees look as beautiful as the building that dates back to 1884, […] more…
stampede city boutique

stampede city boutique

It is almost a straight line, the 2,3 kilometer 20 minutes and something walk from a traveller’s paradise to ‘The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’ also known as The Calgary Stampede. The stampede is a yearly event that takes place over the course of 10 days in July, one of the most pleasant months to […] more…
yes to YEG!

yes to YEG!

Visitor: ‘Well, what is it you like best about your city?’ Edmontonian: ‘Calgary.’ Visitor: ‘Eh…..ok, and second best?’ Edmontonian: ‘When winter is over, somewhere in April.’ Visitor: ‘Let’s rephrase. What don’t you like about Edmonton and please don’t say Calgary!’ Edmontonian: ‘Mmmmm, the Talus Dome.’ Visitor: ‘For real? That’s a great work of art!’ Edmontonian: […] more…
waterton wonderland

waterton wonderland

A stone’s throw from the Canada-USA border, amidst the Rocky Mountains, you find the teeny tiny hamlet of Waterton. Sitting in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Waterton Lakes National Park, the village is a very popular summer destination and the hub for hikers, bikers and all other kinds of outdoor lovers. Though summers […] more…
tickling the rockies’ toes

tickling the rockies’ toes

Driving from Edmonton to Hinton slowly introduces you to the beauty of Alberta’s nature. Kilometer by kilometer houses, shops, commercial buildings and oil fields give way to fir trees and trembling aspen. Reflected in the still water of lakes and pools, these trees beckon you to drive along their waving tops. Tops that around the […] more…
best of banff

best of banff

Banff, Alberta’s (in-)famous gateway to the Rockies has much to offer. Crisp, clean air in spring. Foliage in fall. Mucho snow thrills in winter. Bright days and long warm nights in summer. For decades people have found their way to Banff. Or should it be ‘for decades people have made Banff a way of life’? […] more…
the art of b&b

the art of b&b

In Dutch the name of the Bed and Breakfast sounds a bit like Home of Hermione. And yes, even though the owner opening the door doesn’t look anything like Harry Potter’s friend, his home has been touched by magic. Magical is the endless Garden of Eden of Huize Hermine. Magical is the art that inspires […] more…
splendid isolation

splendid isolation

Had Cervantes been South African instead of Spanish, he would have set the adventures of his most famous character not in La Mancha but in the Karoo. Just like La Mancha means ‘dry land’ in Arab – being derived from the word al-mansha – Karoo – in Khoikhoi – means desert. And like the land […] more…
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