Christmas lights and decorations in London

No European city does Christmas illuminations and decorations like London does. As the British capital gets ready for Christmas and the festive season, it also transforms into a magical and sparkling site that bedazzles locals and tourists alike. The twinkling lights in the streets, the storybook shop windows and the festive decorations wrap the city in a joyous and enchanting ambiance. Discover the magical light and decorations in my video (2.30 min) and read on to find out my go to list to … [Read more...]

Citytrip to Colmar, France’s fairy tale town

A popular Christmas shopping destination is the fairy tale town Colmar in the French Elzas region, 73 km south of Strasbourg. I was there in summer when everything is in full bloom, but the town's undeniable charm is magical in any season. Colmar's old town is like stepping into a real life 'Beauty and the Beast' scene. Think pastel coloured, timber framed houses, canals and bridges overhanging with flowers, picturesque squares, adorable shops and many heritage sites. In December the Christmas … [Read more...]

Hotel to Heart: The Corner Townhouse in Rome

Spring and autumn are in my opinion the best seasons to visit Rome. When I was there in spring I managed to find a perfectly located design hotel. The Corner Townhouse is a small, intimate boutique hotel that is only steps away from the Colloseum. It is, as the name already suggests, located on a corner in a Roman townhouse. It is an early 1900s palazzo, with high ceilings, gorgeous stuccos and marble details. The rooms are all unique, not one is decorated the same. I stayed in a room on the … [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...]

Hotspot Valencia: Dulce de Leche

Dulce de Leche Valencia

Before going to Valencia, I researched the places I shouldn't miss once there. On every blog, and in every magazine, I read about this place called Dulce de Leche. So it was with high expectations that I cycled to neighbourhood Ruzafa. The Ruzafa area is a trendy and upcoming neighbourhood with lots of coffee and lunch places, and independent boutiques. After passing the super cool lifestyle store Gnomo, I spotted Dulce de Leche from afar because of its outside corner terrace that was full of … [Read more...]

Hotel to Heart: The Caro Hotel in Valencia

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During my city trip to Valencia, I stayed in a very distinctive design hotel: the Caro Hotel. This monumental hotel is located right in the historical center, a stone throw away from the Valencia Cathedral and the Basilica. Interior designer Francesc Rifé has cleverly integrated the historical details and elements of the monument, with 21st century design and furniture, making it an interesting juxtaposition of heritage and present. Contemporary clean, geometric lines are merged with the … [Read more...]

A Paris Favourite: Le Petit Palais

Petit Palais

One of my favourite spots in Paris is Le Petit Palais. The small palace houses the Parisian Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts de la ville de Paris). Besides the beautiful, small collection of art pieces, it is also worth a visit because of its stunning architecture.  Arched windows, a dramatic stairway, mosaic floors, and painterly ceilings draw you in. The palace is built around a breath-taking courtyard, with impressive pillars and an even more impressive ceiling. A walk through and … [Read more...]