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2018 TRAVELS

As the end of 2018 nears, i’d like to look back to another amazing year.

Travel is still the most intense mode of learning and there is still lots to learn so I hit the road to 14 countries!

1.ESTONIA

A february day ( -14°C) in Tallinn, it was so cold in the capital of Estonia!

But the cobbled streets, Gothic architecture and good food of medieval Tallinn Old Town put this charming city

on top of the most charming cities in the world i have been too.

2. FINLAND

A new report claims that Finland is world’s happiest country.

Helsinki is the capital of independent Finland, since 1917. Before it was under the Swedish and Russian rule.

I went to visit Helsinki on the coldest day of the year!

3.NORWAY

A visit to the capital of Norway and the very top of Europe: The Arctic region around Tromso.

It was cold, very cold, but I could see the northern light!

4. MADRID

Another trip to the capital of Spain, but this time especially for the 40th Birthdayparty of Katia.

An unforgettable event in one of our favorite countries in Europe!

5. COLOMBIA

The longest and most adventures travel this year was a long journey from Colombia all the way to Mexico.

Colombia was the first country we visited.

6. NICARAGUA

Despite the civil unrest and protests against the government we have had a fantastic time in Nicaragua.

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America.It has a tremendous mix of natural beauty volcanoes, lakes and rainforests and historical sites.

Nearly one-third of Nicaragua’s population lives in the capital, Managua. Nearby Granada, one of the first European cities in mainland Americas,

boasts colonial architecture while the city of León is known for its university.

“Holiday at the Corn Island”

We have spent some fantastic days at the Corn Islands; two islands 70 kilometers off the Caribbean Coast.

These two islands offer a superb opportunity to see the Caribbean side of Nicaragua in a beautiful and mostly unexplored environment.

I did some scuba diving as well. The regular ‘Caribbean’ features are all present: turquoise water, white beaches, green palm trees and stunning reefs and marine life.

 

7. EL SALVADOR

El Salvador is the smallest country we have visited during our adventure in Central America. El Salvador surprised us day after day.

What a beautiful destination with spectacular active volcanoes, colonial cities, coffee plantations, Mayan ruins, waterfalls in the jungle,

and long black beaches of the Pacific coast. Thanks to our enthusiastic, happy driver Francesco we have seen all of El Salvador!

8. HONDURAS- COPAN

The Maya of Central America had one of the greatest ancient civilizations of the world.

Copan is in Honduras was one of the most powerful cities in the southern Maya region, Amazing place!

 

9. GUATEMALA

On the day we arrived GUATEMALA’s Volcán de Fuego has erupted !

Streets and houses were covered in the colonial town of Antigua and we passed by the village of El Rodeo where a lava flow came into contact with homes.

A second eruption began when we were there…Breathtaking !!!

Our journey through Guatemala was a long one ! Traveling with the local chickenbuses was always a crazy, wild ride.

In terms of unique things to do, Guatemala is at the top of my list out of all of the Central American countries.

Guatemala impressed us with  beautiful landscapes and exciting and friendly culture.

10. BELIZE

Belize has become one of my top travel destinations in the world because of its spectacular an Great Barrier Reef, and diving gigantic blue hole was amazing !!!

We spent hours on white sandy beaches, discovered numerous caves and islands, pristine rainforests and jungles.

Thinking back of the warm and turquoise Caribbean waters and our visits to ancient Maya cities, Belize was unforgettable !

11. MEXICO

End of our long trip.It was my second trip to Mexico.

Probably the most famous Mayan site on the peninsula is the pyramid at Chichen Itza, which is surrounded by a wonderful complex of other buildings.

Tulum is another popular destination where a fairly small set of ruins occupy a stunning clifftop location with views over a wonderful beach.

12. NORTH-ITALY

I Love Italy, It’s one of my favorite countries in Europe. Last summer we did a road trip through the north with Milan as starting point.

Milan, a city of ancient Roman origins, today it is the most modern and avant-garde city in Italy.

The economic, financial, and technological capital. And by no means lacking in food and fun.

The city’s restaurants offer an ample selection of flavors. The Italian kitchen is my personal numero uno !

13. SICILY

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It has an incredibly rich history that can be felt at every step,

amazing beaches with breathtaking crystalline seas, and locals famed for their hospitality and delicious cuisine.

We did a roundtrip by car and visited the best places.

14. SWITSERLAND

In july we went to Switserland to enjoy an fantastic CARLOS VIVES concert ! A vibrant Latin festival in the city of Biel.

The next day we went to Geneva.

15. MONACO

It took me a long time but YES, I did it! I have visited all countries in Europe.
Totally now Europe includes 51 independent states. And MONACO was the last one to visit.

The year before I was in Nice, but that was only for its beautiful carnival and there was no possibility left to travel to Monaco, so later I went especially back to visit this tiny country.

Squeezed into just 200 hectares, Monaco might be the world’s second-smallest country (only the Vatican is smaller), but what it lacks in size it makes up for in attitude.

A magnet for high-rollers and hedonists since the early 20th century, it’s also renowned as one of the world’s most notorious tax havens and home to the annual Formula One Grand Prix.

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COLOMBIA & CENTRAL-AMERICA 2018 adventure

The flights are booked, accommodations has been sorted, it’s time to announce my upcoming travel plans!

 

As many of you know traveling and exploring the world is something that runs deep in my heart. There is always something that we can learn from our surroundings, and sometimes all we need is a different lens to view it through. This is what travel does for me. It allows me to see the world through a different lens. Talking about lenses, in my backpack fit this time a DJI done, a Nikon camera and a Sony camcorder.

Travel allows me to experience different food, cultures, and stories that I would have never experienced otherwise.

My first idea was to make a long overland journey in West-Africa, but due the rainy season over there, I’ve decided to focus on another part of the world. Since Colombia was already for a long time on my list, Bogotá will be the starting point. Next journey will take us from Nicaragua all the way to Mexico. I can’t wait for Central America with its beautiful mountains, turquoise waters, diverse culture, incredible tortillas, and the most delicious coffee.

I’ am not making this trip alone; Fabrice, my old travel mate is very excited as well for what is waiting for us along the road.

Country Itineraries

Before we booked our flights we knew that we needed to figure out what activities we absolutely wanted to do in each country. This helped us decide how many days we needed to allocate in each, how expensive it would be, and how long we would be spending in “transportation mode”.

This was the most difficult part of our trip planning because we want to do a lot, we want it to be on the cheaper side, and we want to be as active and authentic to the local culture as possible. Other facts as safety and time were important to create an itinerary. Of course unexpected situations can always chance our routing, but for now here is what we came up with as an itinerary.

COLOMBIA

Colombia is one of the world’s most diverse countries with two oceans, a range of climates, energetic cities, and astonishing wildlife! Colombia’s cities hold plenty of attractions. The capital Bogotá, with its mountains and museums, the flower-filled plazas of Medellin, Cali the world’s salsa capital and Cartagena, the jewel of the Caribbean coast are destinations we will not miss. Other Colombian sights and experiences we will do include a trek through the world famous coffee district and Tayrona National Park home to some of Colombia’s most gorgeous beaches, it is also rich in Colombian culture, wildlife and tropical rainforest.

NICARAGUA

Our second country on the itinerary is Nicaragua. Nicaragua has long been off the radar due to years of political and civil unrest, but these days the country is stable and open for tourism and becoming increasingly popular. The jewel of Central-America has well-preserved colonial towns, vibrant jungles, white-sand beaches and stunning Caribbean islands like Little Corn Island where I can’t wait to discover the underwater world.


EL SALVADOR

Nestled between Guatemala and Honduras, El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America. It is often skipped over by travelers – it has a well-known history of civil war and lesser-known reputation for secluded beaches, lush landscapes, and welcoming locals. We will rent a car with driver during a week. El Salvador is full of coastal surprises, magical wonders to wander, warm hearts and welcoming people. On our list are the colonial towns of Ataco, Juayua, and Suchitoto and La Palma. We will try to hike the Santa Ana volcano, and more.

From Santa Ana in El Salvador we will cross the border into Honduras to visit Copan.The Copan Ruins are located in the western part of Honduras, about 60 kilometers from the border with Guatemala. Copan, considered by many one of the most spectacular cities of the ancient Maya civilization, is a ruins complex known for its beautiful stone temples. Copan is one of the greatest Mayan civilizations that ever existed. The ruins at Copán contain some of the most beautiful pre-Columbian artifacts .

GUATEMALA

Guatemala is a poor country, but the people are warm and welcoming, proud of their outstanding natural and cultural attractions. Looking forward to enjoy the beauty of Lake Atitlan. The former colonial capital, Antigua, is the country’s most charming town. Despite being devastated by a long-ago earthquake, the town still boasts shady squares, red-roofed buildings and a wealth of colonial churches. Guatemala’s most famous attraction, however, is the mighty ruins at Tikal, the city that was the Mayan capital for 700 years. The traditional lifestyles at the colorful markets at Chichicastenango will be great as a photographer.

BELIZE

Maya History and World class diving! This will be the perfect combination during our Belize trip. With an English speaking population of just over 250,000, Belize remains one of the most tranquil countries in Central America Belize’s other claims to fame are its pristine tropical jungles, extensive cave systems and some of the world’s most impressive Mayan ruins. More than 3000 years ago the region now known as Belize was the main center of the great Mayan civilizations, which extended into what is now Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula to the north and Guatemala to the south. This is the place where all the prominent Mayan cities ruled the Americas for more than 2000 years. One of the highlights of our entire trip will be the bleu hole ! Belize is one of the premiere diving destinations in the world, and topping the list of dive sites is the magnificent Blue Hole.

MEXICO

Mexico our last country on the list has it all: vast cactus-strewn deserts, jungles dotted with ancient ruined pyramids, grand colonial cities and gorgeous Pacific and Caribbean coastlines. The richly varied culinary scene reflects a beguiling blend of Spanish and indigenous traditions, while vibrant markets supply perhaps the brightest and boldest crafts in the world. It will be my second visit to Mexico but my first to the Yucatán Peninsula.

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2017 TRAVELS

2017 was a good year of travelling.

Every month i did a trip,

this results in 15 countries.

JANUARI : TUNESIA

Tunesia

FEBRUARY: MADEIRA (roundtrip + carnival)

 

 

MARCH: SPAIN- Las Fallas- VALENCIA

APRIL: LIECHTENSTEIN and SWITSERLAND

MAY: FRANCE- Champagne area

 

 

MAY: MOLDOVA-TRANSNISTRIA-UKRAINE

JUNE: UK: LONDON (concert Phil Collins)

JUNE: OXFORD (carnival) + STONEHENGE

JUNE: BRUSSELS (concert Coldplay)

JULY: TAJIKISTAN

 

AUGUST: AZORES

SEPTEMBER: GREECE

NOVEMBER: BURKINA FASO

DECEMBER: GERMANY- Cologne

DECEMBER: PERU