An Autumnal Walk in Mariënborn, Netherlands

As autumn was due to set in, Hayley and I headed to the countryside Mariënborn, a village near Arnhem with a local hiking group. What better way to enjoy the autumn than going out for a weekend stroll in the countryside. Indeed, we had a lot fun.   Strolling In the Woodlands Hiking in the…

Prinsjesdag, Royal Cavalry & Den Haag

19th September 2017 was the Prinsjesdag of the Netherlands, which was translated as the Prince’s Day. It was an annual event full of pomp, fanfare and a day when the Dutch king opened the parliament in Den Haag (The Hague). Our day in Den Haag The weekend before the actual event took place the Dutch Royal Cavalry,…

A Day In Delft On the Open Monumentendag

Last weekend was the European Open Monument Day, where many of the historical sites and museums across many European countries are open to the public for free or at the reduced cost. In fact, some of these places only opened to the public on this special occasion. That weekend, Hayley and I headed out to Delft,…

Camping Weekend In the Land of Castle and Mythical Creatures

This weekend, Hayley and I celebrated our three year wedding anniversary. Both of us have lived in the Netherlands for a few months and we are already missing the mountainous terrains, hiking and scrambling over rocks, so to treat ourselves we headed south to the Vianden in the Luxembourgish Ardennes to cure our Mountain Withdrawal…

Day Out in the Hoge Kempen National Park, Belgium

After living in the Netherlands for a few months, Phil and Hayley are getting some mountain withdrawal symptoms. We are beginning to miss the hills and mountains that we grew to love when we live in Hong Kong. So last weekend, we decided to head to Belgium to get a dose of hills on the bike….

Hol(e)y Bike Ride to Belgium

Bikes – check Map – check Puncture repair kits – check Passports??? – Errr… maybe… just throw them into the bike bags just in case  In many of our previous adventures, we have crossed an by planes, by buses, by ferries and rickety boats, and on foot. So the thought of crossing an international border on bikes…

Exploring Brabant, Netherlands On Bikes With Friends

Last weekend, a few of our friends came and visit us. It was really nice to see them again, and we decided to go out for a long bike ride and explore the Netherlands in a very Dutch way. Since there are so many places in Brabant that we haven’t yet explored, we decided to…

Dutch Orange and Tour de France Come to Aachen

Phil and Hayley, what country were you in over the weekend? We were in Deutschland! So why are you seeing Dutch orange, Dutch flags and bike enthusiasts dressed in their Tour de France outfit everywhere you looked on the streets? Are you confused yet? OK let me explain: This year the Tour de France started in…

Road Trip to Giethoorn, Netherlands

Some says Giethoorn is the Venice of the North and I have to agree very much. It is a village up in the northern Netherlands and located at the edge of the De Weerribben-Wieden National Park. So on a Friday morning, I had a road trip to Giethoorn with a few friends of mine. (Sorry Hayley…

A Random Day Out in Venlo, Netherlands

A couple of weeks ago, we decided to go to Venlo spontaneously. It is a small city in the South of the Netherlands in Limburg Province and it sits right at the border with Germany. We thought it would be an adventure explore some of the local markets and the historical town centre, as well as…

Last Coasteering Trip in Hong Kong

As you may already know, this week is my last week of Hong Kong. As I say goodbye, I am continue my second installment of #GoodbyeHongKong series. A few years ago I was introduced to an adventure sports called coasteering by some good friends of mine and I have had a lot of adventure since…

Exploring Cymer Abbey at the Snowdonia National Park in a Summer Morning

In August, Hayley and I went to the UK to see the family and friends. It had been a long time since we visited and we really enjoyed it very much despite it was really a whirlwind trip. As part of our trip, we took some time to have a family holiday in Wales, more specifically in the Snowdonia National Park.