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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One of the most beautiful towns in the Netherlands is the white village of Thorn. This charming village in the southernmost province of Limburg has a historic centre filled with cobblestoned streets and whitewashed houses, creating a charming sight and officially protected cityscape. Strolling around the village

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As the second-largest city in the Czech Republic, Brno is one of the country’s attractions. It is easily accessible either by train or by flight. Remarkably enough, the city isn’t made of tourist attractions like the famous capital Prague. Tourists don’t come to Brno for its major

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The German town of Kassel has many special sights, but the absolute highlight of a city trip is the colourful street art of Kassel. The Schillerviertel and Kassel Nordstadt – just north of the city centre and the train station – are an amazing open-air street art

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The Forest River Dam – or in Czech: Les Království Dam – is one of the most remarkable structures in the Czech Republic. The dam is constructed like a fairytale castle with turrets and stone walls, as if it was built for a Disney theme park. This

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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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