Maartje

Maartje's enthusiasm and curiosity knows no bounds. She loves museums, nature, food, walking, architecture, history, animals. Writing and photography is a big passion and she has been writing about cooking, minimalism, food, hotspots and travel for many years. Above all, she has a special place in her heart for castles, royal jewels and ancient Egypt. Maartje gave up her job as a lawyer to bring more balance to her life: less work and more life. Besides to The Orange Backpack, she works as a legal entrepreneur.

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The Netherlands are famous for their iconic windmills and you can find them literally everywhere. But what is the best place to see windmills in the Netherlands? Is it the famous Kinderdijk or Zaanse Schans tourist attractions? Als Dutchies, we visited both places several times. In this

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Is visiting the historic windmills of Kinderdijk not yet on your bucket list? It should! This iconic Dutch sight is one of the best places to visit in the Netherlands and will show you more about how the Dutch drained their country below sea level to live

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The best photo spots in Rotterdam? How to find the most instagrammable places? As locals, we know exactly where to go. Rotterdam is sometimes wrongly described as raw and ugly. But the unique combination between old and new makes it a hidden gem in the Netherlands. This

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The southern part of Spain is perhaps the most beautiful destination in Europe. Andalusia is perfect for a road trip, visiting the most beautiful places in Southern Spain. From fairytale buildings in Moorish style to beautiful nature reserves. From idyllic white villages to well-known historic cities. From

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The Netherlands is home to the most unique nature houses, cottages and cabins to experience Dutch nature and countryside at its best. Because our home country is much more than just the city of Amsterdam with its famous canals and big tourist attractions. The best way to

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A self-cleaning water bottle for traveling? A sustainable alternative to all those disposable plastic bottles? The unique LARQ water bottle is the perfect solution! We had the chance to try out the LARQ water bottle. We haven’t been able yet to bring the LARQ bottle to countries

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If you are looking for a unique place to stay near Amsterdam, Happy Island in Oude Meer is where you want to go. This private island has an old oil boiler that has been converted into a comfortable and colorful holiday home. Although you are close to

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Keukenhof near Lisse is of course the well-known highlight in the Netherlands when it comes to tulips and other flowers. But you actually don’t have to buy an expensive ticket and brave the tourist crowds to see the most beautiful tulips in South Holland. The area just

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