Maartje

Is there a limit to the amount of hobby's one can have? Knowing Maartje, apparently not.. Maartjes enthusiasm is not restricted by anything. She loves musea, nature, dining, walks, architecture, history, animals and writes about cooking, minimalism, dining and traveling. Above all she has a special place in her heart for castles, royal jewelry and Egyptian culture.

Maartje is a 20-something from Rotterdam, The Netherlands, working as a legal entrepreneur. She quieted her job as a lawyer to bring balance to her life; less work & more life.

Her smile is the biggest when she enters a new country filled with lovely people, the feeling of freedom and endless possibilities to discover.

Recent Posts
France

14x Paris beyond its major highlights

On a first trip to Paris you’ll for sure want to visit all the famous highlights. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Tromphe, the church in Montmartre and Notre Dame are probably high on your wishlist. But what to do when you are visiting Paris for the second

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Argentina

The 10 must-sees in and around Salta

Salta was one of my favourite destinations in Argentina! With its colonial architecture, picturesque streets and interesting museum, Salta is a great city to explore, but the area also lures. You can make day trips to the most beautiful mountains, villages and salt plains. The landscape is breathtakingly diverse and

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The 15 best Dutch travel blogs and instagrams

Instagram is our favourite platform for the perfect travel inspiration! We hope you are enjoying our blog and instagram page @theorangebackpack.nl just as much as we love creating our content. But we are sure you can use some more inspo. So let’s share some insta love: these are the best

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Russia

10 things to know before your trip to Saint Petersburg

The old Russian capital of Saint Petersburg is a magical place with pastel-coloured palaces, endless canals and atmospheric streets. A city trip to this architectural city had long been on my wish list. So it was the perfect gift for my graduation by my mom! Preparing for this destination might

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Russia

The best hotels and hostels in Moscow

The choice of hotels and hostels in Moscow is overwhelming. From design and boutique hotels to colourful backpacker hostels. Fortunately you don’t need to look in a specific area of Moscow for your hotel. As long as you have only one of the more than 200 metro stations – underground

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Russia

The underground palaces of the Moscow metro

The metro is not just an easy way to get around Moscow. It is one of the highlights of the city! Not because the metro runs every 80 seconds during rush hour. Not because there are more than 200 metro stations. It’s about its unique architecture. Many subway stations are

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Russia

The 10 must-sees of Moscow

The Russian capital Moscow is an urban city of extremes. From beautiful churches with colourful towers to the more plain Soviet architecture. From centuries-old history to one of the largest metro networks in the world. In a city with nearly 13 million people it is not always easy to find

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Russia

15 practical tips for your visit to the Hermitage

The beautiful Winter Palace in the heart of St. Petersburg has one of the largest art collections in the world. The Hermitage is probably the most visited museum in Russia. So how do you visit the museum without the long queues and the crowds? And what is the best way

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Russia

The best hotels and hostels in Saint Petersburg

Are you going on a trip to the city with the canals and bridges, pastel-coloured palaces and cathedrals with onion shaped domes? And are you looking for the best place to sleep? Location is the key word. Though the Saint Petersburg metro is great, most of the highlights are within

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Russia

The Hermitage: a museum in a Romanov palace

The Hermitage in Saint Petersburg makes an unforgettable impression on every visitor. The art collection is immense and is spread across several museums in the city. Still the majority of the collection seems to be stored in depots! But it’s not just the art collection that impresses: the main museum

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