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

If there’s one place where we truly thrive and feel at home, it’s in nature. Naturally, we jumped at the chance to embark on a multi-day trip that included camping in lush forests, hiking up majestic mountains, and rafting down vibrant rivers. We’re referring to The Packraft

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Among Murcia’s gems are a historic gentlemen’s club set in a building with an enchanting Arab hall and a glamorous French ballroom, an impressive cathedral, many churches, charming squares, and much more. This city, tucked away on the coast of Spain, hasn’t yet caught the eye of

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Strasbourg is adorned with historical bridges, magnificent palaces, a breathtaking cathedral, and much more, making it a jewel in France’s crown. The old heart of this city proudly stands on the UNESCO World Heritage list, a testament to its rich history and beauty. Whether you find yourself

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On our second trip to Fez, discovering Palais El Glaoui was a delightful surprise. This palace, hidden away from the UNESCO-protected Fez medina, is a treasure most Morocco travelers miss. Our curiosity was sparked when Google Maps showed this historic spot with a special icon. Following this

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Exploring Southern Spain on two wheels? One adventure you shouldn’t miss is the Via Verde de la Sierra. This unique cycling route winds through breathtaking landscapes along an old railway track. For us, it was a highlight of our months-long journey through Portugal and Spain with our

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Rugged terrains, snow-draped mountain summits, picturesque Berber villages, captivating desert fortresses, and towering waterfalls? Welcome to the heart of Morocco, the Atlas Mountains! This majestic mountain range serves as a colossal backbone for Northwest Africa, traversing Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Spanning about 2,500 kilometers, this formidable range

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