Shopping at Gnomo Lifestyle store in Valencia

Gnomo Valencia

If you're looking for a gift store to shop for the home front during your city trip to Valencia, lifestyle store, Gnomo is the place to be. Gnomo is located in Calle Cuba 32 in neighbourhood Ruzafa. Besides being a great shopping address, it is also worth a visit because of its extraordinary interior design that can be credited to the interior design creative consultancy Masquespacio. Gnomo has an eighties vibe to its interior design. Clean white walls and a smooth granite floor are … [Read more...]

Winter Escape to Valencia: where to go, sleep, and eat

Fleeing the Dutch winter and cold doesn't require a long flight, or even crossing the ocean. Last week I escaped to the south of Europe, to Valencia to be exact. The city is located on the east coast of Spain and has very moderate temperatures, with over 200 days of sunshine per year. With temperatures of 15-20ºC in February, Valencia is the ultimate winter escape and city trip to embark on in low season. Valencia has it all:  a long-stretched beach, beautiful architecture and culture, tranquil … [Read more...]

The Grand Mosque in Paris

Paris is so much more than the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Notre Dame. After a few visits to Paris, and having seen all the major tourist attractions, I wanted to see more of the multicultural influences in Paris. Therefore, I decided to explore the Latin Quarter a bit more. I booked an apartment there, ate in a Moroccan restaurant, and I visited the Grande Mosquee de Paris. I'm so happy I did because it was an afternoon well spent. The Grand Mosque in Paris is gorgeous! It is only a 5 min walk … [Read more...]

A Stroll in Jardin des Plantes in Paris

Paris is always a good idea, especially during Indian summer, early autumn. It's less crowded with tourists, temperatures are nice, and the turning of the leafs makes the city extra magical. Paris is also extra special on Sunday mornings, when the streets are almost desolated except for an occasional dog-walker or early bird. A wonderful place to go to on Sundays is the Jardin des Plantes where I encountered a whole other spectacle: tens of people jogging through the gorgeous, green and colorful … [Read more...]

Sundays in Paris: An afternoon in Jardin du Luxembourg

September is in my opinion the best time to visit Paris. The temperatures are still high enough to wear summer apparal, but not too hot. Evenings are still sultry and therefore excellent to have dinner on an outside terrace. There are less tourists, so you get to experience and see more of how the locals live. And most importantly, the flowers are still blooming but the trees are also changing colour which makes Paris even more beautiful. When I visited Paris two weeks ago, I decided to fill … [Read more...]

London shopping guide: Islington

Sometimes I totally forget to blog about experiences I had that might spark your interest. Like my short city trip to London earlier this year. Each time I go to London, I try to explore a different part of the city and go a bit of the beaten track. I've been to London so many times, that I don't bother visiting the touristic places anymore, nor the high street (Oxford st), unless I have time left or need something from a particular store. But that is hardly ever the case, since there is so much … [Read more...]

London hot spot: Restaurant Spring

Tucked away in the new wing of the 19th century iconic London Somerset House, the newly opened restaurant Spring is a treat for the palette and the eye. Australian expat chef cook Skye Gynell's restaurant is all about seasonal dishes served in an elegant interior. The food is inspired by nature, with the best produce and plucks from biodynamic farms. A warm and inspiring spot to meet for lunch or dinner. The interior was designed by her sister Briony Fitzgerald. In the light-filled 'winter' … [Read more...]