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 :-))
Countries visited.... so far :-)
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. 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 Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco
Update 2019-07-27: 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 2019-07-13: Today we made a great 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, which we visited afterwards.
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 2018-12-16: 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
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