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Peníscola, white and blue

Peníscola is a medieval town built on a rock hill between two beaches in the north of Castelló province in Spain. Birthplace of a pope and shooting location for Game of Thrones, Peníscola mixes a medieval castle with white painted houses and the Mediterranean sea as background landscape.

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The lighthouse and a sailboat seen from the castle

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Back to the past in Himeji

We don’t know anyone that has been to Japan and doesn’t want to go back at some point. Japan is an amazing country and, although we are happy about the trip that we did in 2015, we know that someday we will return to the Land of the Rising Sun.

Tokyo, Kyoto and Miyajima are in the beaten track, but there are some other destinations that surely deserve a visit. An example of this is the city of Himeji, which has one of the most beautiful castles we’ve ever seen. Of course we love European medieval castles, but the Himeji Castle was something totally new for us. We felt as a Samurai when we saw it.

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One of our first pictures of the Himeji Castle

Himeji can be easily reached from Osaka in less than one hour by train, so why don’t you keep reading and add Himeji to your bucket list? 🙂

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Etosha NP. How to do a Safari with your own car

Some people travel to Namibia just to do a Safari in Etosha. It is considered one of the top 5 National Parks in Africa:

  • Etosha National Park (Namibia)
  • Masai Mara National Reserve (Kenya)
  • Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)
  • Chobe National Park (Botswana)
  • Kruger National Park (South Africa)

With its 22270 Km2, Etosha is the biggest of the 5 most important National Parks in Africa. Namibia is the second less dense country in the world after Mongolia, which means that humankind has a small impact on wildlife all around the country. Having such a vast National Park in a so less dense country, together with the fact that Namibia has an extremely dry weather, makes the visit to Etosha one of the best things to do in Africa.

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Giraffes drinking in a waterhole

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Triberg, water and clocks in the Black Forest

As we explained in this post, last Easter we took profit of Dídac’s stay in Heidelberg to do a short road trip through the beautiful regions of Alsace (France) and the Black Forest (Germany). We had heard lots of good things about the Black Forest (or  Schwarzwald in German) but we hadn’t imagined that we would visit it so soon. We though that the Black Forest was the perfect destination for nature lovers and families and the truth is that our brief visit to that region confirmed our expectations.

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Boardwalk towards Blindensee. White and green

We know that the area is full of natural wonders and nice villages, but we needed to focus on one destination to make the most of our time there. Thus, Dídac proposed to spend a night out of his apartment in Heidelberg. The chosen destination was Triberg, one of the most remarkable villages in the Black Forest. We had not heard about Triberg before planning our trip, but as soon as we read the travel guide that Dídac’s cousin lent us we found four powerful reasons to go there.

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Easter in Alsace

There are some destinations that keep you dreaming for a long time. This is what happened to us with the French region of Alsace. There was no Christmas time in which we didn’t think of visiting Alsace. I must recognize that I (Laura) was quite obsessed with Colmar and didn’t have much information about the beautiful little villages that can be found in its surroundings.

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Obernai, the first village that we visited in Alsace

But sometimes destinations find you when you don’t expect them. Dídac is temporarily living in Heidelberg (Germany) due to work reasons, so we decided that I would visit him during my Eater vacation. We started our search for interesting places to go near Heidelberg and we suddenly noticed that Alsace was only 2-hour driving from there. So we had no excuses not to fulfill one of our (multiple) travel dreams. We book a car and prepared a short road trip through some of the most beautiful villages in the region.

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