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The woman behind the counter looks confused when I apologetically respond to her question in English. It’s not the first time this happens. Not that the people in Gothenburg don’t speak English, which they do perfectly, but with the way I look they often think I’m a local. And even though it leads to many…

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It’s interesting how most people automatically assume I live in Amsterdam when I tell them I’m from the Netherlands. I don’t mind, there’s nothing wrong with Amsterdam, but it’s as if the Netherlands is Amsterdam. Which is why I was so excited when Visit Brabant invited me to spend two weekends in North Brabant (Noord-Brabant),…

The post 10 Things You Don’t Want to Miss When You Visit Brabant first appeared on Urban Pixxels.

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I leave Melbourne thinking ‘We should try this again’. It isn’t love at first sight like I experienced in Sydney. And with all the high expectations I had of this city, I’m feeling a bit disappointed. But the truth is, I was tired. After traveling non-stop for 6 weeks, taking in the culture, food, and…

The post A Lazy Person’s Guide to Melbourne first appeared on Urban Pixxels.

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Driving through New Zealand is without a doubt one of the travel highlights of last year. Partly because I managed to drive on the other side of the road for three weeks without hitting anything or anyone. But mostly because it’s one of the most beautiful, impressive countries I’ve ever seen. It’s hard to describe,…

The post How to See the Best of New Zealand’s North Island in 1 Week first appeared on Urban Pixxels.

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This is a story about how my family and I visited Ghent in Belgium and couldn’t get ourselves to leave the hotel. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know that 1) I have a thing for beautiful boutique hotels and 2) I usually have a long list of all the things…

The post Picture Perfect Ghent & Falling in Love with Hotel 1898 The Post first appeared on Urban Pixxels.

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Trying to kill some time on my flight from New Zealand to Malaysia, I start thinking about how I want to spend the coming days. And I realise how little I know about this country, and Kuala Lumpur – my first destination – in particular. I’ve seen pictures of those famous towers, the Petronas Twin…

The post How to Spend 3 Amazing Days in Kuala Lumpur (+video) first appeared on Urban Pixxels.

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Before we dive into this Bali travel guide I have to warn you. If you’re looking for a super active, packed low-budget itinerary, this is not the post for you. There was just one goal I had in mind when I was planning my trip to Bali and that was to enjoy every second and…

The post The perfect way to spend a relaxing week in Bali first appeared on Urban Pixxels.

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When I return from a trip and think about the tips I want to share with you here on the blog, more often than not the first thing that comes to mind is food. But eating my way around Lisbon was of course not all I did. Even though I still dream about those delicious…

The post 10 Shopping Hotspots & Places to Visit in Lisbon first appeared on Urban Pixxels.

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Just because the place looks like paradise, doesn’t mean the weather will always play along. After Sydney and Melbourne I am looking forward to a few days of doing nothing. That is, doing nothing as in walking barefoot on white sand beaches and taking naps under a palm tree. Even if you’ve never been to […]

The post A spectacular flight over the Great Barrier Reef (+ video) first appeared on Urban Pixxels.

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I’m spending the last three days of my three month trip in Singapore. Three days and three nights before I’m flying back to Amsterdam. It’s a strange thought that once I leave Singapore, I’ll have to start thinking about everyday life things again. Work, cleaning my house, grocery shopping, paying bills, or just grown-up responsibilities in general. So even though it’s only three days, I feel this pressure of getting the most out of it, since this wonderful ‘life on the road’ adventure will be over soon.

The humidity in Singapore doesn’t make it a city / country to explore on foot. You could in theory, but in my case it is either too hot / humid or it’s raining. Even when a neighborhood looks great to walk around, you’ll start searching for something indoors after a few minutes to escape the heat or rain.

If you’re also planning a trip to Singapore and looking for things to do, places to eat or nice hotels, here are all the places that I really like and recommend.

Things to do in Singapore Gardens by the Bay and Cloud Forest


One of the most spectacular sights in Singapore is Gardens by the Bay and then especially the Cloud Forest and Supertree Grove. The 35 meter indoor waterfall that you see as soon as you walk in the conservatory is apparently the tallest in the world and quite impressive. From there you walk around and up the mountain as you see the plants and flowers change.

National Gallery Singapore


Located in the former Supreme Court and City Hall buildings, the Singapore National Gallery is an interesting combination of old and new. If you’re interested in architecture there’s a tour you can take in which you’ll learn more about the history of the building and the changes they made in the recent renovation to turn it into one museum.

This is the place to be if you want to see modern art from Singapore and South East Asia.

Street Art

I love discovering local street artists when I travel. And there are some amazing murals all around Singapore. One great place to spot them is Tiong Bahru. The exact locations of the murals are listed on the website of the artist YC.


Singapore Botanic Gardens


As I mentioned before, Singapore is not a place where you’ll go for a long walk during the day. However, if you do feel like being outside, then the Singapore Botanic Gardens are wonderful. Plus they’re free to visit.

The tropical gardens (a UNESCO World Heritage site) are 158 years old and have more than 10.000 types of plants. So lots of shade to stay cool (well, sort of).

Mystery Books Vending Machine


The mystery books vending machine is such a quirky find in Tiong Bahru. All the books have been wrapped, so even which book you’re buying remains a mystery. You’ll find it right outside the BooksActually bookstore, which is also really nice.

CHIJMES


This is a great tip from Sarah (The Wanderblogger) and one I hadn’t heard of before. CHIJMES is a former catholic convent which is now used for different purposes, one of them being an art gallery. The white gothic style architecture and the spiral staircases make it a beautiful place to visit.

Where to eat in Singapore National Kitchen by Violet Oon

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