A week in Belgium with Airbnb: 10 things not to miss

A week in Belgium with Airbnb: 10 things not to miss

My southern neighbour Belgium gets less time than it actually deserves. Less than three hours by train it’s in fact a perfect travel destination for a food loving dutchie. Lovely cities with beautiful old historical centers full of cosy restaurants with excellent food. The country is easy to travel in with an extensive train network. … Continue reading

Top 10 budget hotels in Iran

Top 10 budget hotels in Iran

In preparing my Iran trip it was sometimes hard to find information on budget hotels or hostels in Iran. The 2012 Lonely planet was outdated. Airbnb was not yet working and many hotels do not yet have an internet presence and those who do are rather expensive. Backpacker hostels are still very rare but with … Continue reading

Nain: lost in Iran’s desert

Nain: lost in Iran’s desert

Nain is a small town in the desert halfway between Yazd and Tehran. Most tour groups  only make a quick stop to see the first and oldest mosque in Iran. Wikitravel convinced me that there is more to this town than the oldest mosque. On arrival I noticed that few tourists make it all the … Continue reading

Yazd: Iran’s desert town

Yazd: Iran’s desert town

It was a long bus ride from Shiraz to Yazd so I decided to treat myself on a VIP bus. VIP buses come with huge reclining seats and a lunch box. Normal buses in Iran are already quite comfortable and the VIP buses even take it to a next level. Bus journeys are a good … Continue reading

Persepolis: Iran’s Glorious past

Persepolis: Iran’s Glorious past

Persepolis was once the ceremonial capital of the great Persian empire of the Achaemenid kings. It was built-in the 6th century BC by the kings Darius, Xerxes and Antexerxes. In that time the Persian empire was the largest empire of ancient history spanning from the Balkans in Eastern Europe to the Indus valley in modern-day … Continue reading

Abyaneh: a traditional village in Iran

Abyaneh: a traditional village in Iran

One popular day trip from Kashan is to visit Abyaneh, a traditional village in the mountains. The friendly lady in Ehsan house informed me that I could join an Austrian couple heading there the next day and I decided to join. We left quite early and the road to the village was stunning through mountains … Continue reading