• Geen categorie,  Spain

    Our unexpected visit to Antequera

    Leaving Spain (not yet) On our way home we had a four-hour drive in front of us. While we were driving to Malaga, we booked our tickets online for a visit to Al Hambra. We drove on a provincial road through a very nice landscape and saw a lot of hills, mountains, cliffs, old buildings and forests. After we left the scenery, we had to get back on the freeway. On the freeway, the engine light of our car turned on and the car was making a weird sound. We had to stop and luckely, we found ourself near an exit that was save to stop. It was Sunday and…

  • Portugal

    Arriving in Horta and Madalena

    Horta Luckily for us the flight to the island Faial was much calmer, then our flight to Flores. We still had to assemble our bikes before we went on to our next stay in Horta. The most beautiful thing we saw in these few days, was the coastline with the blue water bashing into the black rocks. We adored the weather because it was great and warm. Whale factory We know Horta for it’s whale watching. This used to be whale hunting. We went to a museum called Azores Ocean Observatory. This is an old factory where they pulled the whales inside a courtyard and cut them to peace’s. It’s…

  • Portugal

    Hiking along side the ocean

    First Hike On the first hike, after we arrived in Fajã Grande, we wanted to enjoy the ocean. So, we headed to the harbor and stayed there for a nice view. After that we walked to a church that we could see from the harbor. We went to the church and found the start of a trail behind the church. Ellen new there should be a trail going to the north side of the island, but she thought it was higher up the mountain. On the first corner of the trail, we stopped and turned around. We were on the way for a long time already and it was getting…

  • Portugal

    Vila do Franca and maybe bye Sao Miguel

    Vila do Franca After Furnas we biked to the city Vila do Franca, because we wanted to go do some whale watching. Sadly because of the weather it was canceled and we walked to a church instead. As you do. This church itself was nice, but the view was even better. We stayed here for more than a hour, just to watch. Ponta Delgada We arrived back in de main city of Sao Miguel, Ponta Delgada. Our idea is to celebrate Christmas here, then fly over to Flores at the 27th of December and celebrate New Year there. The flight to Flores was canceled because of the wind. We had…

  • Portugal

    Hot springs in Furnas

    Lagoa las furnas Visiting a lake never gets old for us. This time it was the lake Lagoa das Furnas. As we walked around it we saw a lot of nature and at the edge of the lake there’s an old church which looks like it’s neglected, but really interesting. Terra Nostra Hot springs Furnas is famous of Terra Nostra park. This park has a lot of exotic plants, we liked it even in the winter. The entrance fee was super cheap. It was only eight euro’s per person. The main attraction of this park is the hot spring. We liked it a lot. The thermal water in the main…

  • Portugal

    Goodbye Ribiera Grande and hello Ville da Nordeste

    Biking 50 kilometers When we left Ribiera Grande, we were prepared for a bike ride of 33 kilometers. Ofcourse, you are already guessing it, it turned out to be something very different. The first bike ride to Sete Cidades was the hardest one till now and we did ok. So we started the next ride with a lot of faith. When we wanted to ride over the main road, we noticed some signs saying that we could not go there (thank you Google maps). This went on for a few times and 33 kilometers turned into 50. At our last break it started to go dark and we were still…

  • Portugal

    The beauty of Sete Cidades

    Made our way to Sete Cidades After we left Ponta Delgada we rode to Sete Cidades. We wanted to take the road that had the most sightseeing spots. Little did we know that that road was an 15 km uphill climb. As we did our best to get to our final destination of that day, we saw some beautiful things along side of the road. The most impressive thing we saw was an abandoned hotel on the top of a mountain, with a beautiful side. After the climb we were relieved to see some downhill road and we enjoyed it very much. Sete Cidades One day resting from climbing with…

  • Portugal

    The start of our trip in the Azores, Portugal

    Travel day One of the things we love while traveling is the days we just can sit down and relax before catching our flight. This time it was a little bit different. We had to make our bicycles travel ready and put them into cardboard boxes. Which was a lot of work. After that we made our way into the airplane to Lisbon (Portugal). As we arrived in Lisbon the first thing we looked for was a lounge. We had a layover of eight hours. This was the part we loved the most. The lounge itself was cheap and had a lot of food and drinks. After those eight hours…

  • Italy

    Rome’s finest and our new stay

    Rome The first day We went to Rome for two days and we can describe it in one word, only we rather write the details on this webpage. The last time we visited Italy, Rome was not our mission. So we went back to do the visiting. The first thing we saw was the Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini. Because under the church there was a crypt we wanted to see. Before we entered the crypt, we saw some of the relics from holy things or people and of course a lot of paintings. When we entered the crypt, it wasn’t allowed to take any pictures. But we can…

  • Italy

    Beautiful buildings and scenery’s

    The great city of Polignano a Mare Before we left Puglia we wanted to visit Polignano a Mare. That supposed to be one of the “must see” towns in Puglia and we agreed with it. When we walked to the town we walked over a boulevard that was rather new. From there we could take a peak at the town itself. The house on the outer side of the town where build on rocks that divided them from the sea. With beautiful white and brown colored buildings it really was a sight we will remember. Inside the town there was a center that was filled with restaurants and souvenir shops.…

  • Greece

    Monemvasia and rocky road

    Monemvasia the house As we said in our last blog, when we arrived in our house we fell in love immediately. The scenery and the house itself, has everything we need and more. It’s a really nice place to stay, including Monemvasia itself with his sea view restaurants. Monemvasia’s Byzantine structures The reason we went to Monemvasia was because of the structures they have. Monemvasia is a village in the South-East of Pelopennese. It’s actually a peninsula attached to a peninsula. We found out it is one of the nicest structures in the Pelopennese and maybe on the mainland too. The place is only accessible by foot and it’s a…

  • Italy

    Arriving in Aosta, Italy

    The house Last period we haven’t shown you the places that we stayed. In Iceland we slept in a van and after that I think we kind of forgot about it. The first subject in our travels is our stay in Aosta. Up until now the home is very wonderful and is only half an our from the center of Aosta. But there is a side note to it. It’s very noisy and for a Dutchman it can get quite hot inhere. We don’t get much of sleep. Here are some photo’s of the stay. Rafting Aosta lies between the mountains with a river cold Dora Baltea. This river is…