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My travels around the world

Simone is my name; born in The Netherlands but since many years living in wonderful Sweden. My passion is travelling, and I have photography as a hobby. This means I am taking a lot of photos during my trips. On these travel pages I am compiling some of my photos and also write about the different destinations I've been to. One of my main passions is nature and you can find lots about that on these pages. So if you are a nature lover, you are at the right place!

But enjoying nature is not all I do. I also like to visit small out of the way places, go off the beaten path, visit historic places, picturesque villages, meet people, absorb different cultures and explore a city once in a while.

So why am I writing all these pages? The answer is simple: I love writing about my travels and share my stories and photos with others. It is also a great way for me to show my family and friends where I've been and what I've seen. But I also write these pages just for myself. It is my way to keep a sort of diary about all my trips around the world and relive my travels again and again :-))

Simone

Countries visited.... so far :-)

Featured

Sigurdsristningen
Mariefred
Grinnell Lake, Glacier NP

Ait Ben Haddou
Grand Canyon
Katterjåkk

Kotor
Perast
Sahara

Content

Europe
Austria
      Vienna, Kirche am Steinhof
Croatia
      Plitvice
Czech Republic
      Prague
France
      Paris
      Cap-Ferrat
Germany
      Cochem
      Lübeck
      Schloss Stolzenfels
Greece
      Sifnos
      Milos
      Patmos
      Samos
Italy
      Venice
      Burano
      Cinque Terre(Slideshow)
Latvia
      Riga
Montenegro
      Perast
      Kotor
Netherlands
      Schiermonnikoog
Norway
      Rondane National Park
      Åndalsnes and Trollstigen
      Ålesund
      Selje
Poland
      Krakow (blog)
Portugal
      Branda d'Aveleira
Spain
      Granada
      Cordoba
      Medina Azahara
Sweden
  Southern Sweden
  West Coast
      Gullholmen
      Käringön
      Marstrand
      Stocken
  The Big Lakes
      Husaby
      Kaga
      Rök
      Tiveden National Park
      Vadstena
  East Coast & Kingdom of Glass
      Gotska Sandön
  Lake Mälaren
      Anundshög
      Eskilstuna
      Gripsholm
      Mariefred
      Sigurdsristning
      Strängnäs
      Sundbyholm
      Örebro
      Garphyttan Nationalpark (blog)
  Stockholm area
      Drottningholm
      Haga Park
      Tyresta National Park
      Ängsö National Park
  Central part of Sweden
      Färnebofjärden National Park
  Northern Sweden
      Rádunjárga
      Alesjaure
      Unna Allakas
      Abisko
      Sarek
    Padjelanta Hiking Trip:
      Njunjes
      Tarrekaise
      Såmmarlappa
      Tarraluoppal
      Tuottar
      Staloluokta
    Hoiganvaggi Hiking Trip:
      Katterjåkk to Stuor-Kärpel
 
Africa
Madagascar
  Madagascar (blog)
Morocco
  Ait Ben Haddou
  Sahara
South Africa
  Cape Peninsula (Slideshow)
  Golden Gate National Park (Slideshow)
  Vulture Restaurant
  Royal Natal National Park (Slideshow)
  Stellenbosch (Slideshow)
  Imfolozi National Park (Slideshow)
  iSimangaliso Wetland (Slideshow)
 
 
Asia
Brunei
Malaysia
  Mount Kinabalu
  Kundasang
  Poring Hot Springs
  Going to Sukau
  Sukau
  Libaran Island
  Selingan Island
  Karambunai
Myanmar
  Ballooning over Bagan
  Myanmar (blog)
Sri Lanka
  Sri Lanka (blog)
Australasia
New Zealand
  Takahē birds at Te Anau
North America
USA
  Glacier National Park
      Glacier - Lake Sherburne
      Glacier - Grinnell Lake
      Glacier - Garden Wall
  Goblin Valley State Park
  Grand Canyon, North Rim
  Roosevelt NP
  Geysers Yellowstone NP
   
Central America
Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize
  Central America (blog)
South America
 
   
   

UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  UNESCO Canada
  UNESCO Italy
  UNESCO Morocco
  UNESCO Peru
  UNESCO Spain
  UNESCO Sri Lanka
  UNESCO Sweden
  UNESCO USA
   
National Parks
  National Parks in Sweden
   
Background info
  Life in the Fjällen ;-)
  Sami People
  The right of public access
   
Animals
  Small animals

 

Travels

Overview of travels per year

Updates

Update 2019-09-14:Right on my doorstep is one of Swedens most famous Viking Monuments called Sigurdsristningen. It is a fascinating rock carving, and one of the biggest ones at the same time; dating back to the mid-11th century. The carving has dragons on the outside, which are filled with decorations and runes. And on the inside are pictures, and these pictures tell a saga. I guess simply described as one of the first Nordic "cartoons".

Update 2019-09-14: I guess it is time that I write a bit more about 'my' area of Sweden: the area around Lake Mälaren! Mälaren is the third largest lake in Sweden and it also the area that I now call my home. And one of the places that I really enjoy visiting in this area is the cute little village of Mariefred, Sweden. I have been here quite a few times, so you will see a blend of photos taken during summer and winter on this page :-)

Update 2019-08-10: Some of my favourite memories of visiting National Parks are from Glacier National Park. And on this day we did the Hike to Grinnell Lake, Glacier NP, USA. A gorgeous short day hike with a 'bear surprise', a not-so-shy deer passing by, and wonderful views over turquoise-coloured waters of the glacial lakes.

Update 2019-08-04: It was breathtaking and very surrealistic to see this intricate full-sized sandcastle-like structure: the Ksar of Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou, Morocco

Update 2019-07-28: Recollecting memories of my trip to the SouthWest of the US in 2010: to be specific, a visit to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Here is where a dream came true to see the sunrise over the Grand Canyon. And how lucky I was with the weather that day to be able to see the perfect sunrise. Magical!

Update 2019-07-25: I love the very north of Sweden. This is the mountain area called "Fjällen" and home to some of Swedens most amazing National Parks. This is our 8th trip to the Fjällen and this time we aimed for the very very north, right at the border with Norway, in a place called Katterjåkk, Sweden

Update 2019-07-22: What is life really like when hiking in the Fjällen?? A bit of truth with a wink and a big smile about life in the Fjällen.

Update 2019-07-13: A wonderful hike up the mountain to the Kotor Fortress, from where we had some marvellous view over the blue waters of the Bay of Kotor and the charming old town of Kotor (Montenegro) itself.

Update 2019-06-24: Despite having only one main street, this tiny town boasts 16 churches and 17 formerly grand palazzi. The whole place has a wonderful relaxed and also Italian feel to it: Perast, Montenegro

Update 2018-12-25: An overview of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Sweden, Morocco, Spain and the USA

Update 2018-12-16: I remember this day on top of that sand dune so vividly, taking photos of the amazing light, feeling so relaxed, and seeing the golden glow of the sunset brushing over the landscape. Sahara, Morocco

Update 2018-11-18: A little island in the Baltic Sea and a paradise for Nature Lovers. My story about 3 wonderful days on Gotska Sandön National Park, Sweden

Update 2018-11-04: Isn't it weird sometimes where you do end up during your travels? So how did I end up at a Vulture Restaurant??, Golden Gate National Park, South Africa

Update 2018-11-03: A photo impression of my visit to Croatia

Update 2018-10-28: Ever heard of the Takahē? A mystic bird that cannot fly, is bright in colours, and looking almost prehistoric: Te Anau, New Zealand

Update 2018-10-21: a photo impression of Färnebofjärden National Park, Sweden

Update 2018-10-20: a photo impression of Tiveden National Park, Sweden

Update 2018-10-07: an impression of the church at Husaby, Sweden, with some wonderful ceiling-paintings from the Church's earliest days

Update 2018-10-01: the church 'Kirche am Steinhof', oozing with Art Nouveau design

Update 2018-09-30: added a photo collage of fantastic Yellowstone National Park

 


It would be great to hear from you!
So please leave a comment or a question.
:-) Simone

 


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