On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, Mr. and I decided to turn off those laptops and go on an adventure. What was on our schedule? A visit to Castle de Haar, the largest castle in the Netherlands, not even half an hour’s drive away from our house! I had no idea the castle even existed, until the Australian Brooke told me about it. I feel a bit ashamed, because it’s such a fairy tale-like castle. It is so grand and beautiful and medieval that I almost can’t believe that this is located in the Netherlands, instead of France. Check it out!
Cheap hotels in London: it sounds contradicting, I know, but it doesn’t aways have to be the case. Trust me: I lived there, and have stayed in more than a handful of hotels all across the city. Sure, you have to be realistic and make some small compromises on quality or location: there just aren’t any award winning hotels in the heart of London for only 50 bucks a night. But this is the same anywhere, also in Amsterdam or Paris.
However, if search well and book on time, you will be able to find some great budget hotels in downtown London. Since I get asked quite a lot about cheap hotels in London, I’ve put together this article. All the hotels on this list are centrally located (or easily reachable), travelers have rated them with a 7 or higher, and they are under €100 a night (which is a real bargain for London terms). Keep in mind that rooms in London are generally quite small (but why would you spend a lot of time in your room anyway?:-).
If you have an extra day during your trip to Seville, or on your visit to Andalusia, definitely don’t miss a chance to go to Córdoba. Sadly, if people even know about this city, they usually tend to skip it! The lesser-known sister to Seville is only an hour further north, and is worth a visit because of its beautiful architecture and the cozy city center. Check out my tips for a nice day trip to Córdoba: the most beautiful sights and other recommendations.
London is my favourite city in the world. There’s just something there (an energy) that’s unlike every other place I’ve ever been. I visit the city about two or three times per year, and have even lived there for seven months on one occasion: the happiest months of my life. I spent my time running between work, friends, museums, restaurants and bars: there’s always something to do in London. So I figured today I’ll share my favourite restaurants & cafes in London with you, so you’ll never go hungry!
No matter how much I travel, I have never gotten such positive response as when I told people that I was visiting Seville. It seems that it has left a positive mark on almost everyone who has ever been there. I got tips on things to do and places to eat from many people (thank you!), and I can confirm that: Yes, Seville really is as fun as everyone tells you. If you have a trip to Sevilla coming up soon, you really need to read this article. In this guide I share the best tips for sights, restaurants and hotels in Seville!
Recently, Joris and I got home from having a meal out when he turned to me and said, “pack your suitcase, tomorrow we are going to Prague”. WHAT?! Such fun! After I picked my jaw off of the ground, I quickly started packing, and the next day I was in the middle of Prague! I had wanted to go on a city trip to Prague for centuries, so that that dream finally came true was fantastic. With such little preparation time I did not know what to see or do once I was got there, however. That’s why I collected my best tips, so that you have a nice list of places to go to your next trip to Prague!
Read my tips!
Cambridge & Oxford: if you’ve been to one, you obviously can’t skip the other. Even if it’s just to have an answer to the classic question which of the two is better. I had been to Oxford before, so a few months later it was time to pay a visit to Cambridge. You can easily access Cambridge from London, it’s just a short train ride away. But what are the must-do’s during a Cambridge day trip? I’m here to share that with you!
(In case you’re wondering which of the two I like better: I will write a post about it soon!)
Is there any destination as great as London? I think not. But hey, I’m biased: I lived there, and still visit two or three times a year. I never understood people that were in love with London: it isn’t as grand as Paris and lacks perhaps a clear identity upon first sight. But then it happened to me: on my second visit I wandered around the city, stayed away from the big landmarks, and… I fell head over heels in love. Suddenly I understood why London was so well loved: it has to do with its vibe, its energy.
London is whatever you want it to be. It allows for quite and relaxation in one of the many parks or cafes. It allows for culture in one of the high class (free) museums, or grand musicals on West End. It has world class food: from Michelin star restaurants, to that cute local-owned curry shop in a shabby area. London has both majestic Vistorian-era mansions (in West), and the edgier hipster parts with street art (east). You can have a romantic date with stunning views over the skyline, or go to a morning rave.
London is the greatest city in the world. It has room for everyone, from any culture. No matter who you are, you will blend in and find your tribe. It is the best example of multi-culturalism I know. When I lived in London I would walk past loud singing from a Nigerian church, on my way to a gentrified coffeeshop that sold 20 pound bouquets of flowers and sat opposite an arthouse cinema.
Just writing this ode to London makes my heart yearn for it. London really, above everything else, is a feeling. I highly recommend going beyond the traditional highlights and discovering London as I love it. This list is the ultimate London bucket list: it lists everything you should do in the city. It lists all the areas, highlights, castles, viewpoints and other things you should do and visit while you’re there. At least 85% of these tips have been tried and tested by me, the rest are a collection of tips by my London friends and some themed experiences you may love.
I present to you: the ultimate London buckletlist! Print it out and bring it on your trip with you! :)
Rome is the dream destination of almost every city enthusiast: combine gorgeous ancient buildings with Italian cuisine, add some sunshine and is there really any destination that can top that?! Last year I visited Rome with my mom. I had been there before, but just to adjust a well-known quote: Rome is always a good idea. I had three perfect days in which I ate until I couldn’t walk, visited the most beautiful places and enjoyed the great weather. In this article I’ll share my very best tips on what to see in Rome on your first visit! I know the city can be intimidating, so I hope this helps!
I don’t think I have ever received as many questions about any of my itineraries, as I did when I traveled Andalusia! Which is not so strange of course: Andalusia is a pretty magical place! The dry terracotta-colored landscapes with striking white villages feel like a different universe. And when I wandered around the palaces with Moorish architecture, I had to pinch myself to double check I wasn’t dreaming.
Surprisingly there are quite a lot of things to do in Andalusia and a week is actually a bit too short. A week and a half would have been perfect, and if you also want to relax for a few days I would even stretch it to two weeks. Because part of my trip was arranged for me, I wasn’t able to plan everything myself. After I got my psycho control issues out of the way, it was actually pretty fun, since we went to places that I otherwise wouldn’t have gone to. Sadly we didn’t visit Granada: the Alhambra was already sold out for the dates that we were in town, and I would rather come back a second time to really explore the city.
So instead we spent five days travelling and two days relaxing at the pool. Exactly what I needed after five days of sightseeing! This was my itinerary for seven days in Andalusia!