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.

Recent Posts

We are fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. Our own Netherlands has beautiful coast, green forests, modern cities, picturesque villages, fairytale castles and so much more. During a road trip you have the opportunity to explore all these sides of our

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Now that we have to settle with exploring our own beautiful Netherlands in Corona times, the Dutch do so en masse. And that also applies to Dutch travel bloggers! Of course we love to share all those travel experiences in our own country during this mandatory staycation

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There is little more that sparks our imagination than historic castles with turrets and beautiful palaces with graceful gardens. The kitch, the splendor, the glamor and the history will take you to another world. The Netherlands offers many opportunities to imagine yourself in medieval times with knights

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If something characterizes Leiden for us, it is the beautiful canals and monumental buildings. Everything breathes the ancient history of the historic city. Exactly this atmosphere is captured in the two boutique hotels in the heart of Leiden. Generous four-poster beds, historical art, chandeliers and heavy furniture

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