Weekend Escape to blooming Hotel in Bergen

Blooming Hotel Bergen

I feel completely zen and rejuvenated after a short weekend escape to the blooming Hotel in Bergen. Surrounded by a dune landscape with evergreen trees, nature trails, and the beach just around the corner, the blooming Hotel is the perfect retreat to unplug and enjoy all the area has to offer. What is more relaxing than waking up on the most comfortable bed ever (a coco mat bed), and opening the curtains to a see a wild rabbit hopping by beneath your window? True story! After a dip in the indoor … [Read more...]

Hotspot Haarlem; OU Boutique by Val + Rose

Haarlem is one of my favourite cities for shopping. The city is packed with small independent stores and cozy lunch rooms and coffee places. Lately a new wave of shops and restaurants has upped the like-ability of Haarlem even more. On my latest shopping spree in Haarlem I fell in love with OU Boutique by Val + Rose, on Kruisstraat 40. This uber hip concept store is the perfect stop for browsing unique gifts, trying on original designs, or getting a vitamin boost at their juice bar. The … [Read more...]

Cabanyal: Art Nouveau in Valencia’s fishermen’s quarter

Cabanyal Valencia

What is a visit to Valencia without a day at the beach, right? Besides the sand, the sea and the sun, Valencia's beach strip is also a true historical gem. The quarter adjacent to the coast is a traditional fishermen's neighbourhood with unique heritage. The small working-class houses are monumental heritage, and for good reason. Colorful facades are beautifully adorned with ceramic tiles. The tiles are often spaced to create a zigzag, or checkerboard pattern, and the effect is vibrant and … [Read more...]

Hotspot Amsterdam: The Avocado Show

the avocado show amsterdam

New in town, and already a big hit. The first European avocado restaurant is drawing in crowds in Amsterdam. Everything on the menu is made with the healthy fatty fruit. From avocado burgers, to pokebowls and ice cream. Even the brownies that are served with your latte are made from avocados, even though you wouldn't have guessed by the flavour and texture. The green dishes are super insta-worthy presented with edible flowers, beautifully stacked, or arranged as rose petals. And to finish … [Read more...]

Must-go in Valencia: Horchateria Santa Catalina

The best place for Spanish sweet delicacies like horchata, churros, fartons, and hot chocolate in Valencia is hands down Santa Catalina. This place has been around for over 100 years. The interior alone is something to see, as it is decorated with gorgeous colorful tiles. Besides the best hot chocolate in the city, they also serve the popular signature drink of Valencia: Horchata! Horchata is a sweet almond lemonade you just have to have when in Valencia. Santa Catalina is also the place to be … [Read more...]

Hotspot Valencia: Bluebell Coffee

Bluebell Coffee Valencia

The best place for Sunday brunch, and a popular healthy food spot in Valencia is Bluebell Coffee. The cosy hotspot with a sunny courtyard garden is situated in the Ruzafa neighbourhood in Carrer de Buenos Aires no.3.  For breakfast and brunch you can choose from different smoothies, an acai bowl, pancakes, and granola, just to name a few. During lunch they serve delicious salads, avocado sandwiches and more. Besides that everything is super yummie, it is also presented in a pretty way with … [Read more...]

Valencia’s best kept secret: Jardin de Monforte

Every city has its hidden gems, and so does Valencia. In the middle of the city, with its entrance tucked away at Calle Monforte, lies a stunning urban park. The Jardin de Monforte is one of Valencia's best kept secrets. It's a tranquil sanctuary where you can escape the city's noises and take an hour to slow down. The gardens are filled with  neo classical statues, a lengthy bougainvillea tunnel,  pergolas, fountains, orange trees, and cypresses. Jardin de Monforte originates from 1860 … [Read more...]