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Black Forest: culture, wellness and nature

The Schwarzwald, German for 'Black Forest', in southern Germany is known as an ideal winter destination: however the regional culture, traditions, gastronomy and the great outdoors appeal all year round. Whilst catering to different tastes and interests, it is also...

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Follow the dwarf trail in Wroclaw, Poland

Wrocław is a medium-sized city dyed in candy colours, located in southwestern Poland on the Oder River.  Due to Bohemian, Austrian and Prussian influences the place has a unique architectural and cultural makeup.   The city has 12 islands, 130 bridges and several...

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Flavours of Alentejo

Once you have tasted the flavours of Alentejo, you will forever walk the earth with your taste buds directed towards Portugal. Back home you keep longing for the splendid light of the Alentejo coast with its golden beaches and jagged cliffs. Alentejo The Atlantic...

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Evora highlights in Alentejo, Portugal

Évora, the heart of Alentejo Évora, the main city of Alentejo forms the heart of this rural region in the south of Portugal. Its attractions are not limited to several impressive historic sites, it is also home to some of the best food and wine the country has to...

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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...

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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 hellish beauty of Auschwitz 2.0

A rose is left on the charred ruins of what once were the inner circles of hell. Weeping willows lovingly embrace guardhouses. Endless rows of barracks make a pleasing pattern. Welcome to Poland's biggest tourist attraction. Auschwitz 2.0 Birkenau is the improved...
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Medina Azahara, the shining city in Cordoba

Medina Azahara in Cordoba was once an emblematic Arab Muslim medieval town. The city consisted of government and religious buildings, gardens, workshops, houses and of course the caliph's residence.  It was built between 936 and 940 by caliph Abd-ar-Rahman III of...
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Christmas meals around the world

It is almost Christmas, that time of the year we gather with family and friends to celebrate. What better way to enjoy the festivities than with good company and excellent food. Different countries have different traditions, that is why I have tapped the collective...
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The Malaga Museum

Head of Saint John 1755 - 1765 Palacio de la Aduana Entrance Corinthian helmet, bronze 6th century BC The Malaga Museum, a treasure chest The Malaga Museum finally opened its doors on 12th December, 2016 after an extensive renovation, costing the community 40 million...
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Discover Scotland’s hidden secrets

The general perception is that it rains a lot in Scotland - my experience would concur. And that´s a good thing. You see if it weren't for the country's abysmal weather everybody would go holidaying there. Because when the clouds finally break, breathtaking landscapes...
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