Acadia National Park, 2019 A Centennial Year / Acadia Nationaal Park, Een Eeuw Jaar.

Acadia National Park, Maine – 2019 A Centennial Year
Acadia Nationaal Park, Maine – 2019 Een Eeuw Jaar.

Acadia National Park is one of the lesser known parks and is also relatively small compared to the better-known National Parks. Mainly known to the Americans themselves and therefor very busy during the summer months and it’s located in the southeastern corner of the State of Maine. It protects a large part of Mount Desert Island and several smaller islands off the Atlantic coast. The area consists of mountains, coastline, forests and lakes. In addition to Mount Desert Island, the park includes a large part of the Isle au Haut, a small island southwest of Mount Desert Island. A part of the Schoodic Peninsula on the mainland of Maine is also part of the park.

History July 8, 1916: the Sieur de Monts National Monument was established and fell under the management of the National Park Service. February 26, 1919: from National Monument to National Park called Lafayette National Park as tri…

Grand Canyon National: 2019 A Centennial Year / Een Eeuwjaar

Grand Canyon National Park – Celebrates its centennial year in 2019
Grand Canyon Nationaal Park - Viert zijn eeuwfeest in 2019

One of the most famous national parks in America is definitely Grand Canyon National Park in The Northwest of Arizona. It is also one of the oldest in the United States, based on the time they were officially "National Park". If I’m not mistaking it’s the no 14 of all the listed parks in the United States of America. It became a national monument on 11 January 1908 and a national park on February 26, 1919.  In 1979, the park was placed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
The park includes the Grand Canyon, a deep and steep gorge, cut by water erosion of the Colorado River and its tributaries.  Geological colors and erosion form a canyon of 279 miles (446 km) long, is Maximum 18 miles (29 km) wide and 1 mile (1.6 km) deep.  The Grand Canyon is considered one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. The park is 4927 km² in size.
The Grand Canyon…

Winter in Canada, a Combination of Cities & Skiing / Een Combinatie van Steden & Skiën

Canada Winter Wonderland: defy the Cold & enjoy the Beauty! - Canada Winter Wonderland: trotseer de Kou & geniet van de Schoonheid!

Winter is imminent and there is already a lot of snow at some places. The idea of ​​skiing and cold make many hearts beat faster. Also mine that's why I wrote this blog.
Canada, country of the high mountain peaks and pristine nature but also cozy cities.  Actually, you can travel to Canada all year round because there is something to do for everyone. Most of those who know Canada, have visited in spring, summer and fall. But in one season Canada excels, that’s in the winter.
Ready for a little bit of adventure, being outdoors a lot and not being afraid of the cold? Then you probably want to try a winter in Canada.
I have been fortunate to be able to do this winter adventure twice and I realize that it is not a holiday that you just do, because you really must love the cold and snow.

Travel tip 1: Winter in the Canadian Rockies. This trip is 10 days…

Let’s Explore Unknown Badlands National Park, South Dakota: 40 years National Park.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota 40 Years National Park on 10th of Nov, 2018 / 80 Years National Monument since 29th of Jan 1939! - Badlands National Park, Zuid-Dakota 40 jaar Nationaal Park op 10 november, 2018 / 80 jaar Nationaal Monument sinds 29 januari 1939!

Badlands National Park, with it’s 1,054,324 visitors in 2017 it was the busiest year of the park since 2000, according to a National Park Service release.
It is not the park that you will choose for your first visit to North America if you come from Europe. But worth a visit if you are in the area, the nearest place with a direct flight from Amsterdam is Minneapolis and it is more than 800 km away. The best option, I think, is a flight to Denver via Detroit, then it is still 600 km to the Badlands NP, but you have more options to combine it into a great trip. See my tip at the end of my blog.
Facts Badlands National Park encompasses 244,000 acres and lies in the Southwestern part of  South Dakota in the United States of America…

Northern Italy a Catastrophe / Noord-Italië een Catastrofe

Catastrophe in Northern Italy - Catastrofe in Noord-Italië 
Photo credit Walter Donega -

Northern Italy, dominated by the Po Valley, contains the regions: Aosta Valley, Liguria, Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino-South Tyrol and Veneto. And it is precisely here that the last few days of natural violence has taken place, that can be seen as a considerable catastrophe.
Every year, the world has it’s natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, mudslides and wildfires, but the natural violence that has gripped the northern part of Italy is unprecedented.
With this short blog I would like to inspire people in Northern Italy, but especially my friends and acquaintances in Trentino-South Tyrol (Italian: Trentino-Alto Adige, German: Trentino-South Tyrol). My last visit to Val Gardena in the Dolomites, South Tyrol was long and that is why I consider this part of Italy as a second home.
Three weeks ago I left my beloved South Tyrol where I visited beautifu…

La Terrazza delle Dolomiti - Het Terras van de Dolomieten

Once a Sea, these Days a Jaw-Dropping Terras on Top of the Mountain: La Terrazza delle Dolomiti - Eens een Zee, deze Dagen een Adembenemend Terras op de Top van de Berg: Het Terras van de Dolomieten

White like a beach - La Terrazza delle Dolomiti
While in the Dolomites, I found it time to visit a place I’d never been before: La Terrazza delle Dolomiti.  It is one of those places that express the majesty of nature, the immensity of the sky, the size of man. From all over the world, people travel thousands of kilometers to get up here on top of Sass Pordoi, the most incredible natural terrace on the Dolomites. Reachable by the modern cableway that leads from the Pordoi Pass, in 4 minutes of rapid ascent, to 2,950 m. of the summit. 

When standing at the valley station of the cable car, you will face the spectacle of one of the most beautiful rock formations in the Dolomites:  Sass Pordoi, resting on a rounded grassy pedestal almost suspended above a huge mass of rocky debris crumbling over the ye…

Let’s Explore Schlern-Rosengarten / Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park

Schlern-Rosengarten / Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park stands for Beauty, Unparalleled Nature and Mountains. - Schlern-Rosengarten / Sciliar-Catinaccio Natuurpark staat voor Schoonheid, Ongeëvenaarde Natuur en Bergen. Schlern-Rosengarten Nature Park

During this trip I did my best to find some new experiences and with Schlern-Rosengarten Nature Park I was able to do so. This beautiful area is a drive between 35-60 minutes depending on where you go and which route you take, but I will be more precise somewhat later in my Blog.
Basic Information: The Schlern-Rosengarten / Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park, South Tyrol’s oldest nature park, was founded in 1974. This 7,291 hectare protected area is located in the western South Tyrol Dolomites. Schlern / Sciliar mountain is an impressive formation which, together with Santner and Euringer columns, counts as one of the major landmarks of South Tyrol. The Rosengarten / Catinaccio massif, with its countless columns, is also renowned beyond the borders of…