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

Winter might just be the perfect time of the year for a European city trip. During this magical time of the year, some are covered in snow and most are decorated with fairylights and Christmas decorations. The cities in Europe are like from a fairytale world. To

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The Netherlands has many castles, but Castle De Haar near Utrecht is our favorite. This photogenic castle is exactly how you used to draw castles as a child: with a moat, impressive entrance gate and many turrets. The fully furnished rooms of De Haar are wonderful to

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Ghent is one of Belgium’s lesser-known gems. Where most tourists focus on Bruges and Brussels, beautiful Ghent is even less well discovered. The historic center with characteristic streets, monumental churches and cozy alleys is wonderful for a stroll. But you don’t have to look far for modern

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This summer a brand new pop-up lamp settled on a beautiful part of the Veluwe. Glamp Outdoor Camp built the most beautiful tents in the middle of the Veluwe for this summer only, for the perfect glamping experience in the Netherlands. Glamping and Veluwe nature reserve sound

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The idyllic campsite Geversduin is located in the dunes of North Holland, just north of Amsterdam, between the trees and the Scottish Highlanders. This green holiday park is a favorite with Amsterdam families and we can understand that. Especially now Geversduin added some new unique holiday homes

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