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Skopelos, Greece

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Still looking for a place to go to for the holidays? I got the hotspot where you can find it all! It has the best summer weather, beaches and a relax atmosphere.  I am talking about the Greek island Skopelos, situated in the western Aegean Sea. According to the legend, Skopelos was founded by Staphylos (Grape), the son of the god Dionysos and the princess Ariadne of Crete. And these days Skopelos is also known as the island where the film Mama Mia is been recorded.
But why this island instead of  another island of Greece? Well,  this mountainous isle in the north Aegean Sea is really unspoiled. Along the coast you can find beaches in every shape and form, from bays with mountain views to cliff-framed coves that can only be reached by boat. There are also a lot of walking trails through the olive groves, pine forests and orchards. And last but not least, the island is full of traditional villages and known for the best honey.

So if you want to have a calm vacation with lots of beautiful views, the best weather and lots of beaches. Choose Skopelos, it will be worth every penny you spend.

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Lake Bled Castle, Slovenia

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Why is it that we always choose for vacation holidays in countries that we already know? Why is it that we are afraid to experience something new and stick to the old known habits? That was the question that popped up in my head when I saw this breath-taking photograph of a lake in Slovenia. Do we choose those trips based on safety, because we ‘know the place and it is good?’ Well my goal is to always search for something new, the unknown. And I think Slovenia has definitely made it to my list of must go’s! This country offers just about everything what anyone could wish for. The diverse landscapes with magnificent rugged alpine peaks, some of the most beautiful lakes in Europe and more than 8000 subterranean caves and coastal resorts that nestle on the sunny turquoise Adriatic sea. But it is not only the breathtaking scenery why Slovenia is a must go, it offers also a great value for money and a vast array of experiences to enjoy. And I can already say that slovenian food is real tasteful and healthy! So what do you think, will it be Slovenia for the summer? Get inspired!

The pink Lake Retba, Senegal

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You love the sea and you love the color pink? Lake Retba in Senegal, East Africa got it both! This sea is named for its pink waters, caused by Dunaliella salina algae in the water that produce a red pigment that uses sunlight to create more energy. And that is turning the water into different sorts of pink. Depending on the time of day, the lake changes color from a light purple to a deep scarlet pink. The color is particularly visible during the dry season. But it is not only the pink color that makes this sea a must see. Lake Retba is also known for its high salt content, which, like that of the Dead Sea, allows people to float easily. So do I need to say more? Get inspired!

Du bist verrückt mein Kind, du mußt nach Berlin.

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Berlin. For a long time I was planning to move to this city and I am here now. The city that is well known for its history. On every corner of every street you can find something that will remind you of the things of what have been happened here. Also, this city is relaxed. It is all about freedom, creativity and social people.  The art scene here is huge. I can truly say everything is possible here. And of course not to forget: the schnitzels und bradwurt mit sauerkraut. This is my first time, but I can already say that this city is magic. If you want to experience this town, you have to explore every district. You will not find the shimmering on first hand, but that is the fun of this city. Berlin is known for it’s hidden gems and many of them. I am sure people will recognize this once they have been there. So five months. I have only got five months to explore and discover everything there is to know about Berlin. And for now I can only say:  Du bist verrückt mein Kind, du mußt nach Berlin. You’re crazy, my child, you have to Berlin!

How to remember your travels

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Every two weeks Roos Jansen from Inspire me photograph writes an article for Modellist-id. And this weeks post is online! Go to www.modellistid.com and read the newest post on How to remember your travels. Get inspired!

Ski in Luxury

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It is Tuesday, the day for some travel inspiration. I didn’t exactly find a budget place today, but I must say that this spot has the best of both worlds for everyone who loves to ski and wants  some luxury! I am talking about the LeCrans hotel in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. It is a two hours ride from Geneva and the hotel serves as a perfect ski-in, ski-out lodge, just 100 meters from the Crans Montana slopes. But it is not only a great place for skiing, LeCrans offers also a calming respite after a day on the slopes at their spa Le Cinq Mondes with a range of calming treatments plus more astounding views. Who doesn’t love that?! So it may be expensive, but the joy of the dazzling mountain scenery and some good skiing makes it totally worth it! And if you do not have the money to stay in this lovely hotel? Don’t worry! Wander away through more photographs at http://www.lecrans.ch. Get inspired!

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From Paris with love

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Sometimes, a photograph isn’t enough for me to get inspired by. And if that’s the case, I want to experience a whole new lifestyle. So that is exactly what I did last weekend!  My love and I left Amsterdam for the city of romance: Paris. It is something what we do every year. Experiencing the lifestyle of the Parisians when we walk through the streets of this city. Eating Macarons of La Duree or Pierre Hermé and enjoying the rest of the french food like Magret de Canard. Drinking bottles of wine in one of the many lovely wine bars you can find in every district. But my favorite district is definitely Belleville and the Marais. It is young and trendy and the new Saint Germain! Furthermore in this district you can find a lot of vintage stores and there are a lot of great and fun restaurants where you can find real good food and wine for a decent price. So if you have time for a short city trip, choose Paris. Je t’aime Paris, till next year!

Castel Capuano, Naples

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It is time to get inspired by a new place in Naples, southern Italy. This is Castel Capuano, the castle where the road through the city walls led out to the city of Capua. The first stones were build by William I, the son of Roger II of Sicily in the 12th century. It was the fist monarch of the kingdom of Naples.

But it is not only this castle what makes Naples so wonderful. First of all, Naples is the third city of Italy and the biggest city of the southern of Italy. This city has a rich history and you can find a lot of art and culture. And of course: the famous cuisine. They have the best pizza of all places around the world. You can ask an Italian if you don’t believe us. Get inspired!

Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro

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Feeling a bit cold these days? Check this amazing park in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The official name for this place is ‘Parque Enrique Lage’ and serves as a public park. You can find this park at the foot of the Corcovado, the huge mountain topped with the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer.
During the twenties Enrique Lage and his wife, singer Gabriela Bezanzoni hired the English landscaper John Tyndale to redesign the green areas with lakes, grottos and specimens of the Atlantic Forest.  In 1960 the land became a public park and the location for the School of Visual Arts (Escola de Artes Visuais – EAV). In the park you can find walking trails that lead you through subtropical forest and café hotspots. So is Rio De Janeiro your next destination for this summer holiday trip? Get inspired!

The monuments of Agra, India

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Still feeling a bit sleepy this morning? Do not worry, we will keep you in that state of mind. Wander away through these dreamy arches of the Red Fort in Agra, India. You can find this fort 2,5 km northwest of the Taj Mahal. It may be interesting for your vacation trip this summer. Start planning, in Agra you can find more of these impressive monuments!