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 / updated

Clay Cliffs of Omarama
Strängnäs
Vermilion Cliffs

Museum of Ethnography
Sundbyholm
Grinnell Lake, Glacier NP

Ait Ben Haddou
Grand Canyon
Katterjåkk

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
    Fiholm
    Gripsholm
    Mariefred
    Sigurdsristning
    Strängnäs
    Sundbyholm
    Örebro
    Garphyttan Nationalpark (blog)
  Stockholm area
    Drottningholm
    Haga Park
    Stockholm
      Etnografiska Museum
      Historiska Museum
    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
  Golden Gate National Park (Slideshow)
  Vulture Restaurant
  Royal Natal National Park (Slideshow)
  Stellenbosch (Slideshow)
  Imfolozi National Park (Slideshow)
  iSimangaliso Wetland (Slideshow)
 
 
Asia
Brunei
Cambodia
  the Temples of Angkor
    Bayon - temple of the many mystic smiles
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
  Clay Cliffs of Omarama
  Hooker Valley Trail
  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
  Vermilion Cliffs, Utah
  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 2019-11-17: Clay Cliffs of Omarama, New Zealand: A detour that was so worth it! During this early morning, the sunlight is shining into the amphitheatre of the Clay Cliffs, lighting up its walls. Fog flaring around the rugged peaks; the walls of the cliffs shining up in hues of orange and golden. It is such a mesmerizing sight to see!

Update 2019-11-10: Strängnäs, Sweden: is a quiet little town in the beautiful lake area of the Mälaren, west of Stockholm. It's not really a tourist destination, but some parts of the city are nice to visit. The history of Strängnäs dates back to the Viking era.

Update 2019-10-26: I was literally living in between the most amazing rock formations Vermilion Cliffs, Utah, USA.Rocks flowing and curving in bands of colours ranging from pink, to yellow, to orange, to red. The flow of the colourful stripes over the huge rocks is so breathtaking and unreal.

Update 2019-10-20: Going totally off the beaten path in the area around Mälaren, Sweden with a visit to the colourful Fiholm Manor

Update 2019-10-10: On this page you will find a photo impression taken during some of my visits to the Museum of Ethnography, Stockholm. It never bores me to go here though, as there is always something that captures my attention and fascination!

Update 2019-10-02: One of Sweden's most remarkable ancient monuments Anundshög; a royal tomb from the 6th century, the largest of its kind in Sweden.

Update 2019-09-28: Right on my doorstep is one of Swedens most famous Viking Monuments called Sigurdsristningen.

Update 2019-09-28: One of the places that I really enjoy visiting in my area is the cute little village of Mariefred, Sweden.

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.

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: The North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Here is where a dream came true to see the sunrise over the Grand Canyon. Magical!

Update 2019-07-25: 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

 


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:-) Simone

 


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