Polish cities in winter

In Poland, and especially in Polish cities, winter shows its wettest side. The rich history of this ancient country shows itself best in the cities.We visit the capital Warsaw and also visit the Polish cities of Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan, Torun and Gdansk. These cities amaze us time and again with the colorful buildings and their … Read more

We visit Auschwitz

Near Krakow, in the place Oswiecim, is the former concentration camp of Auschwitz. During the Second World War, this camp consisted of different parts, Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II-Birkenau and Auschwitz III-Monowitz, the labor camp of IG Farben. We visit Auschwitz with a guide, the visit focuses on the first two former camps. We realize during … Read more

Wieliczka Salt Mine

When I, Gert Jan, visited Poland in 1978 with 3 friends (Heinrich, Joost and Peter) there was hardly any tourism. The Wieliczka Salt Mine was one of the highlights of that trip. We explored the underground passages largely independently at the time. We were also amazed at the exceptional works of art that the miners … Read more

Lithuania in Winter

We enjoy the nature of the Curonian Spit in Lithuania. We visit the former sister city of Etten-Leur, Siauliai. Then a nice drive through the Lithuanian countryside and a visit to the foster family of Zofia and Aloyzius Kairiai. We explore the capital Vilnius with the help of our local guides Odeta and Germantas. The … Read more

Latvia in Winter

From 12 to 17 January 2022 we explore Latvia. We drive from the Estonian border to the capital Riga and leave the country again at the southwestern border with Lithuania. We experience a beautiful mix of culture and nature in a winter landscape. Turaida We drive along the coast of the Baltic or Baltic Sea, … Read more

Estonia in Winter

On December 31, 2021 we will take the ferry from Helsinki, Finland to Tallin, Estonia, leaving Scandinavia. Until January 12, 2022 we wander through Estonia, unknown to us and surprising in all its winter beauty. We visit the capital Tallinn and drive criss-cross through the country, from Narva on the Russian border in the northeast … Read more

3 months of Scandinavia in the autumn and winter of 2021, the route.

In this blog we look back on 3 months of traveling through Scandinavia in the autumn and winter of 2021. This is the route we took, from Etten-Leur to the ferry in Helsinki to Tallin, 9,640 km: We recorded our route with a Spot X, 2-Way Satellite Messenger. This means that we can be followed … Read more

Winter Cities in Southern Finland

City visits are not the most interesting from a touristic point of view during the winter. Nevertheless, we visited a number of wintry towns in southern Finland and enjoyed the wintry aspects of city life. In this blog we describe our visit to Valamo Luostari (monastery) and the cities of Savonlina, Tampere, Turku, Ekenäs and … Read more

Southern Finland, more wintry forest and a small accident

After the desolate north, with Santa Claus and wild life, we drive through Southern Finland. Also here more forest and snow, slippery roads with a small accident as a result. The Finnish forests Driving through the Finnish forests in winter is a challenge in itself. After each snow shower, the main roads are thoroughly cleaned. … Read more