I’ll be spending my weekend in Cologne! I’m super excited as I have never been there before. We’ll be strolling around the Christmas market and visiting the cathedral for sure, but if you have any other must-visits, please let me know. Of course I will blog about it here afterwards, but I will do my best to update Instagram and Facebook during the weekend. So make sure to follow for some sneak peeks during my city trip.
Edinburgh is situated right at the coast of Scotland. The city has its own harbour and is not unknown to fresh fish and seafood. Many restaurants serve fish and seafood. And no, I don’t mean fried fish at the pubs (which is a must try in the UK anyway at least once). During my visit to Edinburgh there were two fish/seafood dishes that I loved, thatyou should definitely consider trying too.
It’s the beginning of December so it is time for a blog about Christmas markets! Germany is very much known for it (later this month I’m finally visiting my first German Christmas market in Cologne!). But Brussels is definitely a city you should consider if you are planning a weekend get-a-way for Christmas. The Christmas market in Brussels runs from the 27th of November till the 3rd of January, so there is still plenty of time to go.
Last weekend the Foodfestival Amsterdam took in place in the convention centre the Rai. More than 80 different foodtrucks, restaurants, and food related companies where represented. You could basically get anything ranging from a grasshopper (yes really!) to a burger, and from a fancy glass of Moët et Chandon to a good old glass of beer. I visited on Sunday, the last day of the festival (apparently some of the other days have been crazy busy!), where there was a nice and relaxing vibe. I went together with a friend and we looked around the different stalls and tried a great variety of different bites and drinks.
I have highlighted cosplay before as a way to travel to new worlds. I really like looking into this even though I don’t really do cosplay myself. But I wanted to put some people in the spotlight who do an amazing job with it but hardly get the attention they deserve. So every month I will put one cosplayer in the spotlight. Together with the cosplayer I will select my/their favourite cosplay. Cosplayer of November: Lightened Skies Cosplay.
At the beginning of 2015, very cliché at the start of a new year, I decided to make a bucket list for travelling. There are so many destinations I still want to visit and hoped that putting them down would help me go new places. So far it has worked out a little actually. I’m sharing below 5 of the Europe destinations I have on the list – and a fun fact is that I already crossed off one of these during summer and will be able to cross off another one in December!
This week Mockingjay Part 2 is releasing, the last instalment of the Hunger Games franchise. Good reason for a tribute to the books and movies. I bought all three books four years ago when I was in London with a friend. I ended up reading them back to back during my summer holidays. I LOVED them. While I guess no-one really wants to live in a Hunger Games kind of world, the books were written so well that I could easily imagine being part of the crowds watching the reaping or being side by side with Gale and Katniss hunting. Suzanne Collins did an amazing job in pulling her readers into the story. Therefore, I really wanted to take a moment and review the amazing franchise on the blog. Because as you might know by now, travelling via a work of fiction is something I love to do as well.
Jennifer Murgia is an author who writes YA fiction and I’ve been in love with her books for quite a while. I devoured Between These Lines and Forest of Whispers. You can imagine that I was more than a little excited when I found out that Forest of Whispers was getting a sequel: Castle of Sighs. For the occasion of it’s release I asked Jennifer if she wanted to do an interview about her research processes. The thing is that both FoW and CoS are set in the real world (17th century Germany). And I was more than a little curious to find out how she combined the real world with a work of fiction.
I love a good high tea to catch up with friends or family. I have a bit of a sweet tooth so this is definitely up my alley. But sometimes I feel that high tea’s kan be too “sugary”. After a few chocolate bites we are usually full while there is still a lot left to taste from. Some restaurants manage to balance it out a lot more with sandwiches, savoury bites, or…YOGHURT. I have been following Yoghurt Barn for quite a while on Social Media and earlier this year I finally booked for a high tea with friends at their Utrecht store. They also have locations in Amsterdam and Haarlem, and store openings are planned for The Hague and Den Bosch! Make sure to visit their website for more information on the exact locations.