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“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

Reizen…reizen naar andere steden, landen, maar ook fictieve werelden. Het uitproberen van nieuwe gerechten of iemand compleet zien opgaan in de wereld van cosplay, voor mij is het allemaal een onderdeel van reizen. Ik neem je maar al te graag mee op al deze “journeys” hier op de blog. Ik schrijf regelmatig over nieuwe hotspots en mijn reizen, evenals fotodagboeken van dit alles. Reizen jullie met mij mee?

Oostende

I already wrote about Knokke, a city at the Belgian coastline, before. This city is all about “seeing people and being seen”. Oostende is another city which is situated near the Belgian beaches, but it is completely different from Knokke. To me, Oostendeis much more down to earth. It doesn’t make it any less exciting to visit than Knokke, you just go there for other reasons.

HappyHappyJoyJoy

Many blogs have already written about this hotspot in Amsterdam: HappyHappyJoyJoy – a restaurant owned by chef Julius Jaspers. HappyHappyJoyJoy serves dishes from a variety of cuisines, namely Malay, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Chinese, and Korean. And not only the dishes are from different countries, so are the drinks. And all of this is inspired by street food and shared dining – this screams like the perfect evening out, right? Last week I finally went there together with a friend, and jummy, really you need to go there the next time you visit Amsterdam.

Icehotel

Bucket lists are usually quite endless, so is mine. Whether it is regarding restaurants I still want to visit, countries I want to go to, or things I want to experience…almost every day I can add something new to the list. One thing that has been on the list for a long time is visiting an ice hotel or bar. In Sweden there is the amazing Iceotel in Jukkasjärvi, which is situated in the far north of Sweden. Founded in 1989 it is the world’s first hotel that was made out of snow and ice. Cool right? (Quite literally 😉 )

Knokke

Slowly, the sun is starting to show itself more. The temperature is creeping up a little bit and it is putting me in a pre-summer mood (yes, I know it’s only just spring!). Something that fits with all of this is the beach. Over the last two years I’ve visited many different spots at the Belgian coastline. All of them are situated in the same country, but all so clearly different from each other. Whether you are looking for a place to lay at the beach and relax or if you want to go to the best of the best beach club – Belgium has a place for you! I’ll spend a couple of blog posts on Belgian cities situated at the coast the upcoming time. First up: Knokke.

Toukoul

Every part of the world, every country, they all have their own cuisines and dishes. Have any of you ever tried the Ethiopian cuisine? I hadn’t until 2 years ago when I lived in Brussels. We went out for a goodbye party of a colleague and she had picked the restaurant Toukoul. Most of us had never tried any Ethiopian food so it was a bit of a guess, but it turned out to be delicious! Toukoul is situated at rue du Marronnier, which is close to Place Saint-Catherine, in the centre of Brussels. Easy to reach when you are in the city centre, so really no reason not go.

Borough Market

Time for another London post. There is simply so much to show and write about from this city. It is easily one of my favourite cities in Europe. I’ve already shared some foodie places from my visit to London and I want to add another one: Borough Market. British cuisine isn’t the most refined (or healthy) and I wouldn’t necessarily associate it with wholesome food or organic products. But they know their way around those kind of products on markets. Borough market is a good example.

Fortnum & Mason

Last week I already wrote about Choccywoccydoodah which is a shop on your “must visit” list if you have a sweet tooth. Don’t stop with one store! Fortnum & Mason is another you will want to try when you are in London. I’ll admit, bring a thick wallet, it’s not cheap to shop around here (though still les expensive than Harrods 😉 ). Tea, chocolates, cookies, wine, champagne, fruit, it’s all there and it all looks delicious (and I’m pretty sure it is too). I can at least vow for the quality of their shortbread biscuits!

Choccywoccydoodah

It’s been almost two weeks already again since I came back from my short get-a-way to London. I went over for four days to visit a close friend. She moved there in January so I had all reasons to go by and explore the city together (again). One of the places on our must vist list was Choccywoccydoodah – London’s chocolate heaven.

Choccywoccydoodah…TLC viewers will know what this is all about. This chocolate store started out in Brighton and since a couple of years they are also located in London. Why did I mention TLC? They have their own TV show which features all the crazy and delicious cakes they make. Choccywoccydoodah is famous for their sculpt and ruffle work from chocolate. I can guarentee you, you won’t be dissapointed seeing their creations!

Whiskey tasting

When you think about whisky you probably think about Scotland. And when you think about Scotland, no doubt whisky comes to mind as well. No surprises probably when I tell you we did a whisky tasting when we were in Scotland last year. I have to admit that I never tasted it before we went to Scotland, but the friend I travelled with had and she rightly so convinced me to have a sip 😉 The best way, like with any tasting of local products, is to go to the source – in this case a local brewery. Unfortunately, if you don’t have your own (rental) car in Scotland it is hard to reach most of those place. Edinburgh has a solution for this: The Scotch Whisky Experience.

Laura L. Smith

We keep continuing with February Fiction month! I love seeing two passions coming together, especially when they happen to be my personal passions too. Author Laura L. Smith did exactly that with “The Status Updates Series” books. They feature four roommates who go through the good and bad together. All books feature a get-a-way to a European city, and that is where the travelling comes in. I wanted to dig a little deeper and asked Laura for an interview, which I’m glad she agreed on!

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