Christmas shopping & city trip to Luxembourg

Constitution square Luxembourg

With Christmas only 7 weeks away, plans for a Christmas shopping trip are on many people’s agenda. While most opt for London, New York or Cologne, I would recommend a less obvious destination: Luxembourg! A city trip to Luxembourg, – only a one hour flight from Amsterdam – guarantees a weekend packed with Christmas markets, […]

Rome in 4 days – Day 1: Monti and the Ancient sites

Plaza Venezia Rome

Rome in 4 days might sound do-able, but it is actually ambitious and unattainable. The city is like an open air museum and it will take you weeks to cover all. Nonetheless you can get a good bite out of the Roman culture in 4 days and check off the must-see landmarks and ancient sites. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]