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Unforgettable winter experiences

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with winter. On the one hand, I love the gorgeous winter scenes and the cozy feeling of sitting by a crackling fire with a glass of wine. On the other hand, I hate the blistering cold wind which seeps into your bones, slippery pavements (I’ve lost count […]

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Winter fun in Quebec – the #LoveWinter video

It was a trip filled with laughter and various firsts for me: I learned how to snowboard (well, kind of), joined in the fun at a winter festival and I went ice-fishing on the frozen Saint Lawrence River. Together with my four friends, Melvin, Caspar, Nienke and Becki, I embarked on an unforgettable one-week trip […]

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An oasis in the snow

It was a dreamy, somewhat surreal feeling. As I sat in a rock pool, with a blanket of steam lightly hovering above the surface of the water, I felt someone’s stare fixed on me. There was complete silence aside from the gurgling of the hot mineral spring water in the pool. I looked around but […]

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An awesome winter in Quebec

I probably should’ve called this post “Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone in Wintry Québec” because that seemed to be the recurring theme during my recent trip to Québec. I settled with “An Awesome Winter in Québec” because that’s what it was… simply AWESOME! I didn’t think I would’ve enjoyed this trip because I’m not […]

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The lovely ski village of Tremblant (image courtesy of Stephane Duquesne).

All pepped-up to #LoveWinter

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the winter season. I love the scenery when its snows and when the lakes, rivers and ponds freeze up. I’m not a fan of the cold. I’ve certainly been pretty chirpy about the mild winter we’ve been having so far in Holland. The fuchsias in my […]

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Glacier Express - Zermatt (image courtesy of Martha de Jong-Lantink)

Luxury on the slopes

The ski season is now upon us, as resorts in Europe and North America open up their hotel doors, and get the chair lifts running for another busy few months on the slopes. There are some resorts which are so glamorous, you’d want to arrive in a private jet; something that isn’t out of the […]

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Tango in the sky

I’ve always wanted to see the northern lights or the aurora borealis. I was about eight when I first saw a picture of it in a geographic encyclopedia. I stared at the image for ages, in total awe of the colours and how they seemingly dance in the sky. Thirty-odd years later, my wish to […]

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A Finnish sauna like no other

The sauna is an integral part of daily life in Finland. It’s much more than just a place to sit, sweat and relax; it’s woven into the social fabric, a place where families and friends gather for a chat or the latest gossip. There’s an average of one sauna per household in Finland! I’ve been […]

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Inside the Snow Village

Each year in late-November, a thousand truck-loads of snow and massive blocks of ice carved out of a nearby river are used to create a winter wonderland like no other: the Snow Village in Finnish Lapland. Situated deep in the forests near the ski resorts of Ylläs and Levi, the Snow Village is a place […]

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Experiencing the Arctic wonders of Finnish Lapland

The Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis, the dancing lights in the northern sky, is a phenomenon I’ve always wanted to see. I think I first read about it when I was about eight-years-old. I saw a picture and description about it in a geographic encyclopedia my parents had given me and I was awestruck. […]

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