Welcome to our Travel Blog.
NoNoNo, these are not our lucky lottery numbers .
They are the continents and countries we discovered, flights we took, different hotelbeds we tried and sunsets abroad we watched in 2013. Check out our daytum profile for all our up to date statistics.
We’re a freelance travel writer and photographer couple working as partners in crime for several newspapers and magazines worldwide.
Debbie Pappyn got the travel bug the first time she boarded a plane in the seventies (you know, the time one could still smoke on board and the only inflight entertainment was the Nintendo Game&Watch). While descending the steps of this plane in sunny Tenerife, Debbie decided she wanted to work in tourism, the biggest and most exciting service industry in the world. In 2004, after her studies tourism and journalism she started to write about travel for several newspapers and magazines in Benelux and beyond. Debbie has her own weekly travel pages since 2006 in several publications such as the quality daily De Morgen in Belgium, the Financial Newspaper in Belgium aka De Tijd and its luxury weekend magazine Sabato. Monthly she contributes to several magazines in the Netherlands, Germany, Uk, Mexico, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong. Next to that she contributes since 2008 for the Travel Edits pages and the Travel Top 50 of Monocle Magazine and since 2011 for the Best of Travel List of Gourmet Traveller in Australia. Only the best in travel make it into these pages. Since 2010 she also works as a consultant and travel stylist for companies in the travel industry and for individual travellers.
David De Vleeschauwer works as a freelance photographer for several international titles.
From taking pictures of tribes in Papua New Guinea, chasing and photographing gorillas in Congo to shooting high profile chefs and their culinary creations in far away corners of the world. Travel photography is all about diversity, flexibility and creativity. His top 3 of best photography moments are shooting in North Korea, shooting Sumo Wrestlers in Tokyo and shooting Gorilla’s in Congo.
In 2008 we started this website Classe Touriste as a portfolio of the most amazing places we visit while traveling.
In 2012 the website won silver for best Personal Website at the Lovie Awards in London.
We also won the People’s Category prize at the Lovie Awards for our Travel Blog.
Since 2012 we started a new project where Debbie posts 1 photo a day with her Nikon 1 camera One Day One Photo
You’ll find adventures and lots of images from Congo, Panama, Burma, Greece …
In 2013 Apple Inc. used our website at their keynote presentation at WWDC 2013.
See for yourself how Craig Federighi, senior vice president of Software Engineering at Apple Inc. scrolls through our website for half a minute. Have a look at 33:00 at Apple’s WWDC 2013 keynote presentation.
In 2014 Fathom voted us one of the best travel blogs to watch for 2014.
A personal note
With this travel website and blog, we try to share our experiences, tell honestly what went well and sometimes where it went wrong.
Enjoy our blog, and if you have comments and suggestions, or want to send us somewhere or hire us and get one of a kind and unbiased travel advice, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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debbie (at) classetouriste.be
david de vleeschauwer
david (at) classetouriste.be