Top 4 things to do in Colmar, France

Last week I blogged about the fairytale town Colmar in the Alsace region in France. It is the most charming place I have ever been to. The storybook place is especially magical in December when the Christmas market and Christmas lights cast a special spell over the old center. But no matter what season you go to Colmar, you will be amazed by its beauty and charm. In autumn fall foliage golden and red colors luster the streets. And in spring and summer blooming bushes and vibrant colored flowers … [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: Castle Bloemendal in Vaals

Last week I blogged about the exiting weekend trip to Limburg in the south of the Netherlands. Today, I would like to share more about that little escape that left me so rejuvenated. What makes or breaks a perfect getaway is in my opinion the hotel. And boy, we stayed in a hidden gem! The Kasteel Bloemendal, also known as the Hotel Van der Valk Vaals, is a gorgeous castle set in a green haven of tranquility. Driving up towards the hotel instantly makes you feel like nobility. An impressive white … [Read more...]

Autumnal Weekend Escape to Limburg

Sometimes you don't have to travel far to have a rejuvenating weekend full of new discoveries. It had been over 20 years since my last visit to the most southern spot of the Netherlands; Vaals. Although it is only a three hour drive from my home, somehow I just never felt compelled to travel to one of the most beautiful provinces of my own country, Limburg. My loss, because it really is gorgeous! But after last week's autumnal weekend escape I have made a vow to do it more often. A weekend in … [Read more...]

Citytrip to Strasbourg

Strasbourg

Strasbourg has never been on my bucketlist, but after a visit to this beautiful city, I think it should be on everybody's. Early June I visited the city on a Saturday and I fell in love with the place. It is not too big, everything is within walking distance, so you can cover all the must-sees in one day. The ambiance is very friendly and almost provincial with a mix of the French and German influences. It also feels like stepping into a time capsule because the historic city center is well … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]