On the Go in 2015: At Home and A Bit Away Too

“Marmotjes!”

My husband and I just visited their museum somewhere at the mountain top in Grossglochner.   I had already expected that I’d only see these creatures on screen or at their “most preserved” forms.

“Turn around. Look!” hubby was calling me out in a forcibly hush tone, so as not to scare them and run away.

We stopped walking, and I couldn’t believe what I saw.

“For real, I’m finally meeting my furry kinds at last!” I jokingly reacted.

Marmots are large squirrels living in mountainous areas such as the Alps.  These fluffy animals typically live in burrows and often within rock piles, and hibernate there through the winter.  Most marmots are highly social and use loud whistles to communicate with one another. Read more

10 Things to Do in Ghent

A few weeks after we visited the Belgian coast, off we went to visit another city in Belgium that is dubbed as one of the beautiful cities in Europe.  Actually, Lonely Planet even ranked it amongst the top ten cities in the world in 2011.

Interestingly I came to know about Ghent when my brother shared this article listing down these underrated, must-see cities in Europe. From it, he even picked this city to start off our chat.

“So many places (in Europe) to visit, so little time!”  That was all I could ever say to him at that moment. Read more

In Photos: Easter Holiday at Oostduinkerke-Koksijde

“Oost-den…something!”

I scribbled out of my head the name I was trying to remember, but the word would start trailing away that I couldn’t say it anymore. Since I now live in another country that speaks a different language with mine, any newcomer like me would get tongue-tied.  So, pardon my Dutch.

As the Easter holiday was drawing near, everyone’s been asking on each other’s plans. I eventually kept my reply rather quick and simple, “We’re heading to the Belgian coast!” Then I’d cross my fingers, hoping they wouldn’t ask me more, as to where exactly we’re going to stay. Read more

Lest We Forget in Flanders Fields

War is the least beautiful sight, yet the intricacies of such atrocities and the magnanimous impact that this imparted in the lives of people at that time until today can be overwhelmingly heartrending and at the same time, indescribably compelling.

2014 is the year that marks the first hundred years after the first Great War in Europe began. We came to visit Belgium again at springtime and we put Ypres as a priority on our itinerary. More officially called as Ieper, Ypres is actually the Belgian town where the most intense and sustained battles between German and Allied Forces occurred. Read more

Traditional European Christmas Market Scenes

Visiting traditional Christmas markets is one of the fascinating things to do in Europe during the Christmas holidays. Compared to the holiday shopping experience back home in the Philippines, here it can be less busy and crazy. Actually expect a bit more of rustic feel, as wooden houses line up beautifully along the streets that are selling unique goodies, which are quite ideal as Christmas gifts. Some even offer fresh and warm, traditional winter delicacies that entice visitors to stay despite the almost freezing temperature outside the streets. Read more