Boiling soil

Hiking in Hengill geothermic area in Iceland

It’s a country made of ice & fire. This rough nature which forged Icelanders personnality, struggling every winter for their survival, today bring them a resource of inexhaustible energy. Imagine, 70 % of Iceland primary energies comes from geothermal (and for the rest, there are dams). Not need to dig deeply, soil boils and cracks under our feet. Weather is pretty bad today, so we’re just gonna make a family day out around Reykjavik. Making a home exchange allows us to take time to explore places forgotten by tourists. Today, we’re completely alone despite only being a few km from Thingvellir. No travel guide mentions Nesjavellir and Hengill area but we already came here during our first trip in Iceland and know it deserves to come back.

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A place beyond belief

north Amsterdam by ferry

OK, Amsterdam charm is all about canals, historical residences and feeling of living on water. A walk along Prinsengracht or Herengracht take us back in Golden Age and we would almost expect to see Rembrandt coming out of his house. But if you want to discover whereis the beating heart of creative Amsterdam today, don’t hesitate to cross Ij river to reach the northern side of Amsterdam. That’s what we made on our first day in Amsterdam – besides, have you seen our video about it ?

And if I tell you that on top of that, ferry is free, will you come on board with us?

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Orange is the happiest Colour – Frank Sinatra

Koningsdag, King’s Day in Amsterdam

On Wednesday, it was Koningsdag, King’s Day in Amsterdam. It truly reflects Dutch way of life, it isn’t a pompous ceremony but a simple and warm holiday overflowing in the city and a chance for everyone to have fun. The whole city and inhabitants adorn orange, Dutch King’s color, for the event. From children stalls to classical music concerts & boat techno parade, everybody is welcome in Koningsdag and each will find the perfect place to feast. (more…)

Hallo !

A week in Amsterdam, first day in NDSM area

Some readers who subscribed to the newsletter guessed it; thanks to a home exchange, we’re in Amsterdam since Saturday. From the living room, we count barges passing on the canal. In the kitchen, we can great cyclists riding in the street & lying in bed daydreaming while watching chestnut tree pointing upwards. And stepping outside ? We just have to get on bikes to discover this amazing city. (more…)