My travel highlights of 2021

2021 started out off on a tranquil note. Like most elements of the earth, the Netherlands remained in lockdown. Constraints have been slowly lifted in early-spring, and as the months handed, we were soon able to travel once again. I stayed place for a lot of the very first fifty percent of the yr. My lockdown regime consisted mostly of performing on this web site, striving new recipes, extended walks and binge-viewing. I was specially grateful for the enjoyment offered by the Euro (soccer/soccer) Championships and the Tokyo Olympics!

When dining places, cafés and retailers have been authorized to work yet again, I went on various visits all-around the Netherlands. Soon after remaining absolutely inoculated, I went on my very first cross-border vacation (to France) in August. This was adopted by many trips to some of my favorite nations around the world in Europe, which includes Spain and Italy. So, despite the pandemic, I’m grateful I got to journey! Right here are some of my favorite vacation encounters from 2021:

I sure missed these views! This is Mallorca, Spain.

A snowy wintertime in Amsterdam

This was my highlight of the first couple of months of 2021! A chilly entrance from Siberia resulted in snowfall and freezing temperatures in Amsterdam. The town, protected in snow, appeared totally magical. A 7 days later, the canals were sufficiently frozen for everybody to undertaking out on to the ice. It actually was particular to see Amsterdam in the snow!

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Amsterdam in the snow.

Ice-skaters on the frozen Prinsengracht canal.

Netherlands highway outings

I prepared many road visits in the Netherlands as soon as dining establishments, museums and sights had been open once more. A person of the regions I explored was in central Netherlands all-around the Delta of the Fantastic Rivers. This attractive area, with its lovely riverine landscapes, medieval towns, castles and mother nature parks, is a person I can completely propose for any visitor to the Netherlands.


Slot Loevestein (Loevestein Castle) is one particular of the most well known medieval castles in the Netherlands.

Yet another portion of the Netherlands I visited was Friesland in the north. I invested a 7 days checking out Friesland, a province of limitless meadows, lakes and historic towns.

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Hindeloopen is just one of the Frisian Eleven Metropolitan areas.

Another noteworthy put I frequented was Giethoorn, 1 of the most wonderful villages in the Netherlands. Normally crowded with tourists and daytrippers, Giethoorn was splendidly serene because of to the pandemic.

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Giethoorn is a village of canals and thatched roof properties.

I also went on a nature getaway just one weekend. Less than an hour away from Amsterdam lies the Utrechtse Heuvelrug, an area of low hills and thick forests. I put in the weekend hiking in the forests of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug and visiting quite a few historic points of interest such as Europe’s most significant pyramid!

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Sand dunes in the centre of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug forest.


As before long as I understood when I would receive my second jab, I scoured the Mediterranean coast in lookup of a summer holiday location. I selected Montpellier, a excellent metropolis in the south of France. Shut to the hills (and vineyards) of the Languedoc, and the lagoons and wild seashores of the Camargue, Montpellier was the great base from which to take a look at the area. Read much more about points to do in Montpellier.

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Stunning architecture in Montpellier at the Location de Comédie.


This lovely beach town south of Barcelona is one of my favorite summer season getaways. Apart from the beach locations, Sitges has good places to eat, a stunning previous city with its maze of streets and attractive Artwork Nouveau properties, and a vibrant nightlife. I celebrated my birthday there with my most effective close friend who was going to from Canada – a extended weekend of terrific foods, leisurely walks along the promenade and pleasurable on the seaside! Study about items to do in Sitges. 

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Passeig Maritim, the seashore promenade extends for many kilometers in Sitges.

Southern Germany road excursion

This a person-7 days street excursion in southern Germany was yet another of my favorite travel experiences in 2021! I started out in Munich and created my way south to the Alps, continued alongside the foothills of the Alps right before achieving Lake Constance. From there, I headed north to Stuttgart. Together the way, I handed many medieval cities, stunning Alpine surroundings, and innumerable castles and fortresses. Amongst the highlights of this trip were the castles of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein and Linderhof the interesting columns of STOA 169 and Tübingen, a wonderfully photogenic medieval city.

Neuschwanstein castle

The ornate Linderhof Palace and Gardens.


Rhône River cruise

October was my busiest travel month of the 12 months, with two awesome again-to-again excursions. I started off with a return to France, this time to Lyon, wherever I embarked on a one-7 days Rhône River cruise with the Avalon Poetry II.


The Avalon Poetry II

This river cruise in the south of France brought us past some of the most attractive locations in the location these as the Beaujolais, Ardeche Gorge, Avignon, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the Camargue. It was a blissful week of terrific food items and wines, gorgeous landscapes, intriguing spots, and unforgettable ordeals with my blogger buddies.

Experiencing a great glass of rosé from the Rhône Valley on the Avalon Poetry II in Avignon at sunset.


The famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine area with the Rhône River in the distance.


Kayaking in the breathtaking Ardeche Gorge.

Emilia-Romagna Art Cities highway journey

My next journey in Oct took me again to Emilia-Romagna, Italy. My assignment was to protect the eleven Artwork Towns of Emilia-Romagna on an eight-working day highway journey. As if eleven towns weren’t sufficient, I made the decision to also check out the medieval villages and hill cities along the way! It turned out to be an epic Emilia-Romagna highway trip, just one I will not quickly forget about!

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A panoramic watch of Brisighella.

Palma de Mallorca

At the extremely past minute, I made the decision to go to a conference in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. It was wonderful to see numerous of my blogger good friends yet again, and check out Palma, an unquestionably fantastic city! I took some time off from the conference to stroll close to Palma and find out the city’s attractive architecture.

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Gorgeous Modernist architecture at Plaça Mercat, Palma de Mallorca

On to 2022

Despite the issues posed by the pandemic, I created it as a result of 2021 safely and securely and in excellent health, and I’m seriously grateful that I received to journey once again! The only detail I didn’t get to do was check out my family in Malaysia, some thing I hope to do in the new calendar year.

The Netherlands is now back in a lockdown. I hope it won’t previous as long as the prior just one! It is anyone’s guess what 2022 will convey, even though I’m certain the pandemic will keep on to dominate the news. I’m celebrating a unique particular milestone in 2022 so I hope I’ll be able to do that with handful of restrictions. 😉

To all my visitors, a massive thank you for continuing to visit my web site! I want you a new 12 months full of adore, superior health, success and amazing journey ordeals!

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