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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?

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!

Burger

I’m a sucker for a good burger. As a foodie I love trying new kinds of restaurants, experiment with dishes, and explore local food, but I will never turn down a tasty burger. Luckily, nowadays there are good burger restaurants around everywhere – no need to get a tasteless one at McDonalds. Nope, gourmet burgers are the way to go. I’ve written down a couple of my favourite burger places in Europe but I’m also curious about yours! Make sure to share them 🙂

The Dominican

The Dominican is a luxury hotel in the heart of Brussels. It’s located right behind “La Monnaie” in a quiet non-traffic street. It’s a beautiful design hotel with elements of the painter Jacques-Louis David (who used to live in the building) and the cloister it used to be; a combination of modern and historical elegance. The room rates of this great hotel are a little too high for my budget, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it. Sometimes it seems that people think you can only go to a hotel’s restaurant or bar when you are staying there, but that is absolute nonsense. They love to have you over either way. Next time you visit Brussels, don’t skip the bar and/or restaurant of The Dominican.

Bucket List

Last year, I already wrote about 5 places/countries which are on my bucket list for Europe – my home continent. Since it is a new year it is time for an addition of another 5 cities/countries. I’m also very curious for anything in Europe you have on your bucket list! So far on the bucket list were the following places:
1. Porto (Portugal)
2. Edinburgh (Scotland) (visited summer 2015)
3. Isle of Skye (Scotland)
4. Cologne (Germany) (visited December 2015)
5. Iceland

Amsterdam Light FestivalI finally visited the Amsterdam Light Festival last weekend. The festival takes places every year and displays many different kinds of light art work. The theme this year is “Friendship”. There is both a walking route and one you can do by boat. Unfortunately, the walking route for this year has already ended but you can still go on the boat tour until the 17th of January. I walked the Illuminade route and wanted to share some of the beautiful artwork I saw at the Amsterdam Light Festival from both national and international artist.

Christmas marketTwo weeks ago I visited Cologne. I already blogged about the very impressive Kölner Dom but of course there is more to this city. I mostly went because of the Christmas market in Cologne. It might be a bit early to already start thinking about plans for next year around Christmas time, but if you like planning ahead you might already want to start considering going to Cologne at the end of the year! Seven different Christmas markets were taking place in Cologne and the nice thing is that each market has its own feel and look.

Cologne CathedralI’ve had such an amazing time in Cologne this weekend. It was my first time going there and I absolutely loved it. If you were considering adding it to your travel bucket list: do it! Especially in the days surrounding Christmas. I guess everyone who has ever considered going to Cologne looked into visiting the Cologne Cathedral (or Kölner Dom). It is the symbol of Cologne. The Cologne Cathedral was actually one of the first things we’ve recognised this saturday when approaching the city. I was quite excited to see the cathedral (from the inside). It really is worth a visit. With buildings like the Cologne Cathedral, I guess the golden rule is: You have to see it for yourself. However, for those who can’t visit (yet), find below a photo impression from my city trip!

seafoodinedinburghEdinburgh 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.

Christmas Market in Brussels

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.

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