• Bay of Kotor, as seen from inside the gorge, from higher up and farther away. An overview of Kotor and the bay with cruise ships in the water, mountains on all sides
    Balkans,  Europe,  Road Trips

    The Ultimate Balkan Road Trip

    The Balkans are such a beautiful area of Europe, that after visiting Slovenia and Croatia in 2016, we returned in 2017 to make a Balkan road trip. This time we did a tour of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro. Our favorite way of doing road trips is just drive to a campground or book a hotel only hours before arriving at the place. Read on to see our itinerary which is filled with waterfalls, water fun, sun, the beach, gorgeous nature and history. Balkan Road Trip Day 1: Drive from Ljubljana to Izola (132 kilometers/82 miles, about 1.5 hours) Day 2: Drive from Izola to Gračišče (30 kilometers/19 miles, about…

  • Lounge/reception space, a stylish couch and chairs in a light space
    Hotel review,  Netherlands

    A pleasant stay at NH Hotel Schiphol Airport

    We stayed at NH Hotel Schiphol Airport in November and again a few weeks ago. Despite the restrictions we liked our stay. The hotel is only 6 kilometers (3.73 miles) from Schiphol Airport and 20 kilometers (12.43 miles) from the city center of Amsterdam. So a perfect base for exploring Amsterdam and its surroundings. Note that not everything mentioned is now offered, due to the current restrictions. See here our tips for traveling right now. This is not a sponsored post, we stayed here at our own expense. So all opinions are, as always, our own. The room(s) at NH Hotel Schiphol Airport NH Hotel Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has 419…

  • View from the bridge
    Blue Ridge Parkway,  Kids,  Mountains,  USA

    Grandfather Mountain: climbing rocks and a swinging bridge

    Back in 2015 we drove the Blue Ridge Parkway, which was simply beautiful. During our drive we stopped at several attractions just off the parkway. Grandfather Mountain was one of them, and was well worth our time. Yuri loved climbing the rocks and we enjoyed the grand views on the Blue Ridge Mountains. Where is Grandfather Mountain? Grandfather Mountain is located close to the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. It’s in the vicinity of the town of Linville. The detour is about 3.3 mile or 5.3 kilometers, which is approximately an 18 minute drive from the parkway. Some facts about Grandfather Mountain The elevation of Grandfather is 5946 feet,…