It was raining when we got there. Clouds hanging low, disguising the surrounding mountain tops. Slowly drifting through the sky. This concrete jungle stayed true to Norway, never letting go of the nature that is so defining for this country. Bergen, the second biggest city in Norway. Our ‘home’ for three days.
A lot of people ask us how it was: going on our first holiday together. We were together for almost a month, in a little tent, so we didn’t have a lot of opportunities to be on our own. We both thought it would be a nice idea to write a blog about it, because every couple who travels probably can relate to this. So let’s do a bit of Q&A!
When we think about Norway, we think of unspoiled nature, incredible mountains, lakes and, of course, waterfalls! Allow us to take you through a small part of our three and a half week roadtrip. We could have never imagined the impact that this country had on us. It is simply stunning!
‘Sur le pont d’Avingnon, on y danse on y danse. Sur le pont d’Avignon on y danse tous en rond’. You might recognize this song. It is a popular children’s song that dates back to the 15th century. And actually this song made the Pont d’Avignon the famous bridge that it is today. Music can do a lot! There is however more to Avignon than just this bridge. During our trip to France in 2016 we spent a day together in this fabulous city. Well I spent a day with my family and a week later I went back with Jacco. That says a lot right?!
As you might have already noticed, we went roadtripping through Norway for the past month. It took us quite some time to get to Norway. Nevertheless, one of the first things we did was hiking. The first hike we decided to do was Kjeragbolten; a very scenic and famous hike to a point where a huge boulder ‘hangs’ between two vertical mountain slopes. And we were vastly underprepared…
While Jacco was visiting me and my family during our holiday in southern France, there was only thing my parents really wanted to do with all of us together: visiting Cassis. Cassis is a Pretty popular harbour town along the French Cote d’Azur, famous for the beautiful Calanques of Cassis.
One of the first things my friend Thomas and I (Jacco) planned to do once we flew into Manila was actually getting out of the city as fast as we could and go north. North to the UNESCO rice terraces of the Batad region in the Ifugao province. Things did not entirely went according to plan, but we got there and it was beautiful!
Somehow I (Jacco) have never been to Italy yet. This last month, I finally got to change that and man, that country is amazing! The last time I went on a holiday with my mother was seven years ago, on safari in Tanzania. This year we decided to check if the experience of traveling together would still be as good. So we went to the beautiful region of Tuscany for a week. One of the biggest things we did there was a daytrip to Florence, and it overwhelmed us. This is how we experienced Florence in one day, and what you should definitely be doing when going there.
At the end of March, I went to Portugal for an exchange programme. The exchange programme was with a school in Leiria, but we had the chance to go to Portugal a couple of days before, so we could visit Lisbon as well. Because it was a schooltrip, the experience was different than a normal trip but I still enjoyed it!
About a month ago, we went to the Ardennes for a weekend. We wrote earlier what we did during our first two days. You can read that in part 1! On our last day, we went to ‘The Caves of Han’. The Caves of Han is one of the most popular tourist attractions in The Ardennes. And we had a blast!