Are you like me, constantly on the road, discovering new places, making new experiences and meeting new people? Or are you an expat, living far away from
And you love to share your experiences with your friends and family? Nowadays it is so easy to share your latest videos and photos with your beloved ones at home via your phone. But what to do
when the relatives that have the most special place in your heart, don’t have a phone or already lost track of WhatsApp, Messenger, Viber, Instagram…? I am talking about your
Well, look no further, I have the ultimate gift idea for your grandparents who live far away. I am talking to you travellers and expats!
Make your grandparents happy and get them their printed magazine with your Social Media pics
The idea is so simple but still covering an absolute niche: bringing travel photos from the road straight to our grandparents homes.
Just imagine this: your most jaw-dropping Instagram shots or your most important Facebook posts of the month, in a handy magazine delivered in the post box of your grandparents.
Like, the old fashioned post box in front of their door.
That’s where Neveo comes in. Even though it just looks like any average app, Neveo has the potential to provide immense joy to your relatives at home. It is thus the perfect gift for
long distance grandparents.
The app is very intuitive and easy to use. Every month you just add your favorite pictures to the app… and that’s it! Neveo will take your photos and arrange a beautiful
magazine with them.
The edited and printed magazine will be delivered straight to the post box of your granny. WORLDWIDE!
Honestly, I cannot imagine an easier, yet so “efficient” gift for your grandparents. And the price is just unbeatable: 9,99€ per month and the subscription can be
cancelled anytime. Neveo is thus an inexpensive and creative gift idea for grandparents.
My favorite part of the app is that you can add family members to participate in the journal. That means that I am not the only one uploading photos to the app but also my lovely
sisters and my cousins.
That’s how my grandmother never loses track of what we have been up to in the last month.
Besides the fact that you don’t need to invest a lot of time in order to make somebody very happy, I really liked that you can personalize your magazine with
The app allows you to add a caption to your photos and you can choose the preferred order of the pictures. All this in less than 5 minutes per month!
So when I told my grandmother about this project, her biggest concern was data protection. Luckily Neveo
takes your data and privacy extremely serious: the photos remain your property and are stored on protected servers.
Whether you’re looking for a Christmas or a birthday gift idea for your long distance grandparents, or just want to express your love, Neveo helps you to keep in touch with your
grandparents that live far away.
Grandparents love photo gifts! Just keep taking fabulous pictures while being on the road… they provide loads of joy to your grandparents. And shared joy is the only thing that
gets bigger when you share it.
I discovered a gem, that’s so close to my home country Luxembourg, that I cannot believe why
it took me so long to explore it. I am talking about the Middle Rhine River Valley in Germany! Steep vineyards, legendary castles on hilltops, great food and quaint wine villages
are creating a truely enchanting setting. My favorite way to explore the German Middle
Rhine River is by river cruise.
Let’s sail off to the best destinations for a Rhine river day cruise in Germany!
There are 2 options on how to explore the Rhine River Valley, a declared UNESCO Heritage Site since 2002, by boat:
You can either opt for a cruise that takes you from Basel or Strasbourg to the German Rhine
or you can explore the Middle Rhine River Valley by day cruises from main Rhine towns
A European river cruise on the Rhine can take everything in between to 2- 8 days. You sleep on the boat and enjoy entertainment and dinner son the boat. You mostly discover
the highlights of the Rhine River Valley during the day trips. Some of the most popular Rhine River Cruises are
The main difference to a Rhine Day River Cruise or tour is that you don’t have your base on the boat
but in one of the quaint wine villages along the river or in a larger town like Koblenz or Rüdesheim.
My favorite route to explore the gems of the Rhine River is with the Rhine Pass from Koblenz. It gives you the freedom to visit all the villages and castles at your pace. I recommend
to take the route from Koblenz to Bacharach which covers all of the highlights mentioned in this post. Your base can thus be in Koblenz or in one of the quaint wine villages like Boppard,
St.Goar or Bacharach.
Now that you are ready to sail off, let me share with you my favorite highlights of Rhine River Day Cruise. The order is based upon my personal preference, however you’ll find a map at the end of
the post with the best of a Rhine River Day Cruise.
Bacharach reflects the quintessence of the Romantic Rhine: green, steep vineyards, an impressive castle, medieval ruins, timber
frame houses, cobblestone streets, a perfectly maintained fortification wall and friendly people.
The dock is located only a few metres away from the historic town center.
Like so many towns on the Rhine, Bacharach made its money from collecting taxes from the ships passing down the river. In order to absorb the
romantic, absolutely relaxing atmosphere, I recommend to start your tour at one of the medieval entrance gates, make it to “Altes Haus”, the prettiest and oldest house
(1368) in town, stroll on the main street “Koblenzerstrasse” packed with wine terraces.
Take “Rosenstrasse” to your left and walk up to the Northern entrance gate, from here it’s only 5 minutes to reach the
“Postenturm”, the best place for panoramic views over the Rhine river and charming Bacharach village.
Who else is a big fan of weekend trips? Please raise your hand!
Even though September has been filled with travels to Cape Verde and Poland, I can’t resist a good weekend trip. It’s early autumn and there was still a landmark close to Luxembourg that I have been wanting to explore for a long time: the German Middle Rhine River Valley near Koblenz!
Autumn might be the ideal period to visit as autumn foliage starts to shine in the brightest colors and, last but not least, it’s high season for
wine harvesting. Join me on an autumnal quest of the best castles and cities in the Upper Middle Rhine River Valley.
The Middle Rhine Valley is one of the most popular travel destinations in Western Germany attracting travellers since the 19th century. That’s mainly due to the fairy tale castles on hill
tops, the lush green vineyards and narrow river banks. These charms have been reflected in many creations of Romanticism like Heinrich Heine’s “Loreley” or in the operas of
Thanks to this cultural wealth, viticulture and unique landscape with castles lined along the Rhine river the region proudly bears the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site since
2002 and became one of the must see places in Germany.
The Rhine river, being the busiest fluvial trade route in Europe, is divided in the Alpine, High, Upper, Middle and Lower Rhine. This article will be about the charms of the Middle
Rhine flowing between Bingen and Bonn encompassing Koblenz, imaginative castles and quaint wine villages.
The German Rhine Valley can be explored in several ways. An extensive hiking trail network, the RheinBurgenWeg, interconnects the
region’s most precious gems
Almost every village along the Rhine river is connected to the public railway linking Mainz to Koblenz, which makes it very easy to explore the
region without owning a car. Check cheap connections and prices here
By boat or cruise! Definitely my favorite way to explore the Rhine river and its castles. Almost every village has its own dock.
Koblenz (Rhineland Palatinate) is the largest town of the Upper Middle Rhine river and the ideal base to explore the best cities and
castles of the Rhine valley. However Koblenz itself deserves more attention than being only the base for castle hopping and day trips to the wine villages.
After being destroyed to 80% during WWII, Koblenz has been fully rebuilt and is attracting more visitors than ever. The Bundesgartenshau, a
national garden trade show, gave Koblenz a new upswing: numerous parks have been created, large open and green spaces have been preserved. The town showed itself at its very
best, as a modern, fresh and lively city.
That’s also the atmosphere that I could absorb during my visit: countless restaurants, filled terraces even in early autumn,
numerous cultural events and pulsating gatherings along the Rhine river, the town’s vital line.
The most emblematic sites of Koblenz are the “Deutsches Eck” (German corner), where the Moselle river flows into the Rhine,
and the fortress Ehrenbreitstein.
The origins of the German Corner go back to the Teutonic order which built a fort at the confluence of Moselle and Rhine. The
emblematic site hosts an imposing monument to Kaiser Wilhelm, hero of German unification. It’s definitely the place to take your souvenir photo of Koblenz.
The “Deutsches Eck”, offers also the best view on Koblenz most eye-catching sight: the fortress Ehrenbreitstein.
Towering at over 118m above the Rhine river, it is the second largest fortress preserved in Europe and its origins go back to the year 1000. Nowadays the fortress hosts a permanent exhibition and
the youth hostel (!). The best way to reach Ehrenbreitstein is by cable car (see point 2).
Let’s get to an essential question though: where to eat in..
India is a country that has so much to
offer those who travel to its shores. An area of great beauty, intense spirituality and gastronomic delights galore, it is a place that truly touches and transforms those who pay it a visit.
Yet, while there are many amazing sights to see, a great deal of its appeal lays in the mundane and everyday aspects of experiencing this unique place for the first time. For every temple you
enter, you must spend equal amounts of time bustling markets and meeting places, getting a taste of what it’s really like to live somewhere so far removed from where you’re used to.
A part of this includes experiencing its excellent culinary treats for yourself. So, if you’re lucky enough to be visiting, here are four authentic Indian dishes you ought to try.
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1. Aloo Gobi
Made from potato, cauliflower, and a selection of Indian spices, alu gobi is a delicious dry dish that will definitely leave you reaching for more.
The addition of turmeric gives it a vibrant yellowish hue and it’s fresh, flavoursome and fantastically tasty.
Other ingredients include ginger, garlic, onion, coriander, tomato, peas and cumin, making this culinary concoction anything but boring - it’s no
wonder it’s popular among locals and travellers alike. There are options available on Deliveroo if you're looking to give it a pre-trip taste test!
2. Rogan josh
Rogan josh is a very well-known curry, but it never tastes quite as good elsewhere as it does in India. A staple of Kashmiri cuisine, it was
originally brought to the region by the Mughals and remains one of the main dishes featured in the traditional multi-course meal known as ‘wazwan’.
A beautiful blend of braised lamb chunks and browned onions or shallots, it also includes yoghurt, garlic, ginger and an array of aromatic spices.
Its characteristic red colour comes from the liberal addition of Kashmiri chillies, de-seeded to reduce their heat and make the dish more palatable - especially for the Western tongue, usually
less accustomed to Indian spice levels!
3. Malai kofta
One of the great things about authentic Indian dishes is that so many of them are suitable for vegetarians. Malai kofta is no exception. This tasty,
meat-free meal is cooked in a creamy gravy made out of tomatoes and cashew nuts and it very much succeeds in its intention to melt in your mouth. Perfectly delicious and undeniably delectable, it
does a great job of soaking up even the plainest rice.
Known the whole world over for its exceptional spiciness, vindaloo is hugely popular in Goa, from where it originates. Lamb, chicken and beef all provide this dish with an excellent
accompaniment. Don't let its status as a curry house menu staple fool you: it's arguably one of the more flavoursome dishes you’ll find in India, where fire is pretty much par for the course. Its
sauce is indeed made by blending chillies, cumin, coriander and a host of other authentic spices, sure. But if you can handle the heat, it really does taste heavenly when eaten as it should be:
in the very heart of India.
Which of these delicious dishes will you decide to try first?
The landscape of Fogo island, Ilha do Fogo, is one of the most dramatic ones of the Capeverdean archipelago. The entire island is dominated
by the imposing volcano Pico do Fogo: not only when it comes to landscape but the highly active volcano even has a strong impact on agriculture, lifestyle and daily grind. Indeed
life under the threat of a volcanic eruption can be extreme.
Read more about the most dramatic landscape in Cape Verde and about the 10 top things to do on Fogo Island
With its 2829 metres, Fogo island does not only have the highest peak of the Capeverdean archipelago, but it is also one of the highest islands in
the world. The Pico do Fogo, the volcano's peak, is also one of the most active volcanoes on this planet: its last eruption dates only back to 2014. Living under the
threat of a volcanic eruption obviously shapes daily life and even the local’s sense of humour (accroding to our guide).
During the last eruption in 2014, the village of Chã das Caldeiras, built inside the volcanic crater on black
sand, has been entirely destroyed. However the people from Chã have such a deep connection with this area, that they decided to go back to the crater and rebuilt the village
from scratch. Some even built their new houses on top of their former, now destroyed ones. The "lost" village of Chã das Caldeiras is thus an absolute must on your
trip to Fogo island.
Even though Fogo island only has a diameter of only 25km, it is extreme when it comes to height.
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Geographic situation: Fogo, one of the southernmost islands, located between Santiago and Brava island. Last volcanic eruption goes back to 2014.
Language: Criol and Portuguese. Limited English or French is spoken. Currency: escudo caboverdiano How to get there:
By airplane to Fogo
airport from Praia airport. If you travel internationally, you might want to check (often very cheap) flights to Sal or Boa Vista islands and take a national flight to Praia. Check Binter.cv or/and TACV for national flights.
Public Transport: "Aluguer", collective taxis are departing from Sao Felipe (Francisco Assis square) to all major towns on Fogo
Even though it might be hard to get around on the other Capeverdean islands, please do visit the periphery islands, don’t stay in Sal or Boa Vista all the time. Every island is very different and has its own charm.
Note on Traveling to Cape Verde as Solo Female Traveller
You don't need to be worried to travel to Cape Verde as a solo (female) traveller when it comes to the peripheral islands. I just
had a few concerns in Mindelo (Sao Vicente) and in Sal island at night, in the
offbeat streets of Santa Maria. All the people we met were genuinely kind and I often had the impression that some were even "timid" like on Brava o Maio island.
Oh Gdansk, it's so obvious why you have been chosen destination of the year: your pretty pastel house fronts, your delicious
Pomeranian and Polish cuisine, your Flemish inspired architecture, your soft colored coast... There seems to be no reason why anybody ever wants to leave Gdansk!
However the Polish city on the Baltic coast is surrounded by one of the most pristine and enchanting landscapes in Northeastern
Europe: the Pomeranian Kashubia also known as the Kashubian Switzerland.
Enjoy untouched Polish nature and quaint Kashubian towns by exploring the surroundings of Gdansk. So here they go, the 10 best day trips from
After writing extensive posts about slow life in Pomerania and a self-guided free walking tour of Gdansk, it's about time to go beyond the city borders of Gdansk. Even though you can easily stay 2-3 days in
the picturesque town and wander through its cobbled streets, I strongly recommend to save at least 1 day trip in your travel schedule to visit one of these gems in the
surroundings of Gdansk.
Gdansk is the largest city of Eastern Pomerania, home of the Kashubs. The Kashubs are an ethnic and linguistic minority. They have
their own embroidery, traditions and language. However they consider themselves as Polish, they don't want to separate from Poland.
Kashubia, the land of the Kashubs, is also known as the Lake District as it counts over 3000 lakes. It's thus a paradise for nature
lovers and sustainable travel enthusiasts. Let's turn exploration mode on and discover some of the best Kashubian attractions by going on a day trip from Gdansk.
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Geographic situation: Gdansk, Polish city on the Baltic coast, capital of the
Pomeranian Voivodeship and Kashubia, Poland's principal seaport and the centre of the country's fourth-largest metropolitan area. Complex history with periods of Prussian or German rule, of
self-rule as a "free city".
Language: Polish. English is widely spoken. Currency: zloty How to get there:
Sopot is the exclusive and most famous beach resort of the Polish Baltic coast. As the resort has never been destroyed by the
bombings of the Second World War (not as Gdansk which has been entirely destroyed), its original architecture is still well preserved.
Sopot has a century of history when it comes to wellness and spa tourism. The health benefits of its coveted mineral fountains are
well known and thus even famous personalities like Fidel Castro, Marlene Dietrich or even Adolf Hitler stayed in the grand hotels of Sopot.
The main attraction of Sopot is the wooden pier which is the longest in entire Europe (entrance fee is about 2€ in summer). There's
a lovely bar at the end of the pier and you'll enjoy fabulous views on the Baltic coast, Sopot's legendary Grand Hotel and Hel peninsula.
Do you feel drained from the fast paced daily routing? Chased by commitments? You can’t remember when you just let it go for a few days or
invested in developing your creative skills? That’s at least how I felt in the last months. Always rushing, no time to reflect.
Well, it might be about time to visit Pomerania, Poland and to immerse in the wonderfully slow life of a region covered by lush
forests, a colorfully intriguing culture and warm-hearted hospitality. Re-discover the slow life with these 10 sustainable travel experiences in Eastern Pomerania, Poland.
Your first question might be: why Pomerania, Poland? Let me give you my reasons in crispy bullet points:
The colorfully Kashubian culture is as lively and vibrant as ever. It’s pure delight to see how its bright colored motives are painted on houses, clothes, porcelain and
Nature remains mostly untouched. That means long walks in forests and fun sailing trips in over 3000 lakes.
It’s at only a stone’s throw from Gdansk, one of the most beautiful European towns after
Bruges or Paris.
The Pomeranian Voivodeship or Pomorskie, in Northern Poland is the perfect location to enjoy the slow life. Its people,
both Polish and Kashubian, still uphold their traditions and connections to their cultural heritage.
That doesn’t mean that they don’t have to commute or live in the same stressful world as others.
However people in the Pomeranian countryside, you’ll get to personally know some of them in this post, made the active decision to cherish their
culture by revering centuries-old traditions and practices such as baking bread, making butter, doing traditional craftwork or cultivating medicinal
plants. The lifestyle in East Pomerania, Poland is about finding a compromise of keeping a rich cultural legacy in an
increasingly “westernized” and standardized environment.
The Kashubian are Key to the Pomeranian Folk Art
The cultural legacy of Pomeranian Voivodeship is mostly rooted in the Kashubian ethnicity and folk art.
So, who are the Kashubs and where is Kashubia? Kashubia is a language and ethnic area in Pomerania whose inhabitants, the
Kashubs speak the Kashubian language, closely related to Polish. Kashubs are thus ethnically and linguistically different from the Poles, but without a separatist movement. They are living on the
Baltic coast and Eastern Pomerania since 7th century AD. A colorful culture developed during centuries. Gdansk is the largest city of Kashubia.
A popular legend says that God created the land of the Kashubians with the leftovers he had after creating the world. Indeed you can find over
3000 lakes, hills, ski slopes, a beautiful coast and dense forest in the Kashubian region.
Folk art is celebrated everywhere in Kashubia, the traditional embroidery and pottery being the most important ones. It’s motives
are easily recognizable and include just 5 colors: green, red, yellow, black and blue.
Traveling, especially sustainable travel, is about learning and cultural
exchange. Visiting Pomerania, Poland allowed me to learn about alternative life models and the importance of cultural legacy to feel rooted. A cultural legacy that’s been expressed in
countless forms such as gastronomy, craftwork, fashion, wellness and well-being.
Let’s dip into the slow life in Eastern Pomerania, Poland and find a new cultural rooting by these 10 sustainable travel
Find all locations in a map at the end of the post!
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Geographic situation: The historical region of Pomerania on the southern Baltic shore is split in between Germany and Poland. Eastern Pomerania, also known as Pomeranian
Voivodeship or Pomorskie, is the land of the Kashubians, an ethnic and linguistic minority.
Language: Polish. English is widely spoken. Currency: zloty How to get there:
Activities: Agriculture (forestry, fishery, the cultivation of cereals, sugar beets, potatoes) and industrial food processing. Since the late
19th century, tourism has become increasingly important, primarily in the numerous seaside resorts along the coast. Key producing industries are shipyards, mechanical engineering facilities sugar
refineries, paper and wood fabricators.