Views of the World – by Stefania van Lieshout

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I believe I can fly

Paragliding in Niš, Serbia Running off a steep cliff as fast as possible is not a thing I would normally recommend to anyone.  On the other hand, I am all for paragliding. Unfortunately these two things go hand in hand. To be able to fly, one has to run towards a...

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The 50 shades of light in Beja, Portugal

Beja in Alentejo Our visit to the sleepy town of Beja, about 180 kilometers southeast of Lisbon, was what you call a stroke of luck. The city happened to be en route to our final destination, and as we had to stay somewhere overnight we booked a hotel in...

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Experience the magic of Sicily

Authentic Sicily Sicily is ancient elegance disguised in crumbling walls and peeling paint. The name of the region evokes images of Don Corleone-like characters, corruption and stranded refugees on Lampedusa. But the island in southern Italy is...

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3 Reasons to visit Nis, in Serbia

If I were young again I would say there were three reasons to visit Niš, namely wine, beer and rakija. The liquor not only flows abundantly here, it is also dirt cheap. But as a woman of a certain age I noticed that the third largest city in Serbia has...

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Welcome to my space under the cyber sun.

I am Stefania van Lieshout, a serial expat, mother of two boys, child of two cultures.

On this award winning site I write about my passion; discovering new destinations through all my senses. With my writing I would like to take you to new places and different cultures: nature, the great outdoors, cities, food, culture, family travel destinations: trying to make this a better world, one blog at a time

I live in Malaga, the south of Spain from where I travel the world when budget and time allow me to do so. A blogger, entrepreneur, the face of this blog, economist, psychologist, traveler, photographer and also talented in making frog faces.

 

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The colours of Krakow in Poland

Krakow is one of those cities that genuinely welcomes visitors! Despite its mass tourism and too many stag parties the Krakowiaks remain friendly. There is music everywhere and attractive flower stalls create a colourful atmosphere. This Polish city combines the...

When the Black Forest turns white – the magic happens

When the temperature drops, the Black Forest changes from an impenetrable pine forest into a winter wonderland. Snowflakes gently cover the many castles, lakes and forests of this area with a small layer of magic. No wonder this is a land where myths and legends come...

Mulhacen Sierra Nevada: The long hike to the top of Spain

''The mountains are calling and I must go." John Muir The Mulhacen is part of the Sierra Nevada; it is the highest mountain in mainland Spain with a height of 3,479 meter (11,413 ft). And we are going to climb to the top. For the moment lets ignore that it is not...

24 hours in Malaga

Malaga is rapidly becoming one of the most attractive European city trips because of its musea, the historic city centre, the bustling port and the local gastronomy. Furthermore the Costa del Sol Airport is now connected to far east destinations via Doha and Istanbul,...

The 50 shades of light in Beja, Portugal

Beja in Alentejo Our visit to the sleepy town of Beja, about 180 kilometers southeast of Lisbon, was what you call a stroke of luck. The city happened to be en route to our final destination, and as we had to stay somewhere overnight we booked a hotel in...

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Experience the magic of Sicily

Authentic Sicily Sicily is ancient elegance disguised in crumbling walls and peeling paint. The name of the region evokes images of Don Corleone-like characters, corruption and stranded refugees on Lampedusa. But the island in southern Italy is...

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Enchanting Bucharest

The capital of Romania feels like Paris with a hangover. Wide boulevards, spacious squares and elegant high-rise buildings from the early 20th century give it a French flair. The hangover stems from the turbulent relationship the city has had with the last communist...

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Discover Padova in ten tips

Average reading time 4:24 minutes Padova is a  cute little town in the north of Italy. The medieval city centre is car-free, has lots of piazzas, terraces and markets. In terms of size, the city is similar to York, not too big, not too small, nice and...

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