During Ghent Festivities in July, the entire city of Ghent transforms into one gigantic festival. The streets are loaded with cheerfull people strolling from one stage to another, singing along and clapping for street artists that show off their moves and tricks. This sprakling festival used to be for the locals only (first edition in 1834). However, an increasing number of foreigners have found out about the charmes of this festival. The fact is: the ‘Gentse Feesten’ are known as one of the largest national feasts together with Oktoberfest in München and Las Fallas in Valencia in Europe!
This article appeared in Livin Magazine (edition 9, June 2015, a magazine about lifestyle and health). Published in Trujillo, Peru. Translated from Spanish
Are you craving for adventure and looking for experiences different than those offered by traditional tourism? Then consider choosing for community based tourism which offers you exotic and authentic experiences that favor personal growth.
Cruising the city of architecture
If you’re a fan of architecture, make sure to visit Holland every last weekend of June. During this weekend, The Royal Institute of Dutch Architects organizes the Day of Architecture. Hundreds of buildings are open to the public. You can also enjoy many activities that show you what architecture is all about.
MAMA says… BOOK ISTANBUL
Always trust a local when it comes to travel tips. I live by this rule and I’ve never been disappointed before. We recently traveled to Istanbul and asked our friend Aynur (originally from Istanbul) where to book our stay in this enormous city. She recommended us to book a room at MAMA SHELTER. Only by looking at the website of this quirky-urban hotel in downtown Istanbul we knew it would make our citytrip to be fabulous!
Let me introduce you to the beautiful city of Trujillo, the capital of north Peru. This is the city where I was born and grew up until I was 5 years old. After we moved to the Netherlands in 1991, I went back several times to visit family and friends. It was lovely to wander through my old neighborhood and enjoy the atmosphere of Trujillo’s main square. Being treated with all the gastronomic delights of the region made the relive my childhood memories again.
When visiting the northern coast of Peru, you will most likely follow the Moche Route through the city of Trujillo and the beach of Huanchaco. When doing this, don’t forget to stop by the ‘Fundo Palo Marino’. This beautiful farm is home to the Association of Horse breeders and Owners in La Libertad Province. Here you’ll find one of Peru’s cradles of the Peruvian Horse: Caballo Peruano de Paso.
At Fundo Palo Marino you learn about this unique horse breed. Imagine yourself attending an authentic horse exhibition with traditional Marinera dance! Prepare to be blown away…
Huanchaco is my favorite place on earth. This charming beachside town is located 10 minutes from the city of Trujillo in Northern Peru, the place where I was born. I used to visit Huanchaco every Sunday with my family. After moving to the Netherlands, I would come back to this magical place to spend the holidays.
Guest blog by Geerard Siereveld
March this year I visited San Fransisco for a work related event. I asked my US co-workers to show me around their favorite places in the city. This resulted in me visiting local dive bars, hidden gems and … a country dance club. I have experienced life in 5 different apartments of the city: the Mission district, Marina area, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Financial District and the Union square area. These are the spots I can recommend when you’re visiting San Fransisco in California.
It was a lazy Sunday afternoon when I decided to go up the Euromast in Rotterdam. I was accompanied by my friend Mareille who was happy to join me.
The Euromast is an observation tower and is one of Rotterdams most iconic attractions. Because of its height, 185 meters, you can actually see the tower from almost every location in Rotterdam. And vice-versa you have a 360º panoramic view on the entire city of Rotterdam.
I remember our summer vacations with our local friends in the province of Emilia Romagna, Italy. My family and I stayed with the Visani family in Cesena. We exchanged memorable experiences like cooking typical Italian meals and tasting local delicacies. We visited the local markets and bought products from the region. We also spend some lovely days on the beach. My brother and I soon learned our first Italian words.
Now, 20 years later, this way of travelling has been given a name: ‘social travel’ or ‘connect with the locals’. Having authentic experiences with local inhabitants is becoming a trend! It’s actually something similar to what we used to do with our Italian friends. Yet this time you don’t know your hosts. Also, you book an online experience. And you have to pay for the services the hosts provide.
While I was planning my visit to Peru in February 2015, I googled my way through restaurants where I could taste Lima’s best cebiche. I soon stumbled upon (who else could it be) Gastón Acurio’s restaurant ‘La Mar’ which opened its doors in 2005 in the neighborhood Miraflores. This restaurant specialized in cebiche’s is known to serve one of the best cebiches in town. I didn’t have to look further and immediately booked a table at La Mar. Boy I was excited! By then, I couldn’t have imagined I was about to taste the most savory cebiches in my entire life…
You once might have visited the popular food market ‘Mercado de San Miguel’ in Madrid or the recently opened Markthal in Rotterdam where you can indulge yourself with gastronomic delights. Last weekend I finally had the chance to visit the recently renovated Foodhallen in Amsterdam. Some of my friends living in the Dutch capital told me about the old tram depots that have been transformed into huge lofts. Some of them house design- or clothing shops. Yet, the biggest loft houses a food hall with delicious food stands serving the hungry ones. I immediately became curious about the concept and of course, as a chick living in Rotterdam, I had to compare the new FOODHALLEN Amsterdam to our Rotterdam pride: the Markthal.