Jolly Olde England

A quick 5-day side-trip to England to visit friends proved to be enlightening and beautifully serene! Bath, close to the west coast, offered insights into the ancient Romans’ preoccupation with hygiene and the Brits’ love of tea-time! Then we swooped into London for a 28,000-step day to see some of the changes since I was last…

Hidden Gems of Paris

Requiring a bit more work to find than the Grands Jardins of my previous post, the following beautiful spaces are found around a corner, through a courtyard, down a path

Les Grands Jardins de Paris.

Gardens offer a much needed ‘touring’ break in Paris According to Business Insider, after Bangkok and London, Paris is the third most visited city in the world! With incredible museums, endless historical sites, and amazing cafes and restaurants, no wonder close to 18 million tourists will visit Paris this year. Of course, most take photos…

Cartoon Murals in Brussels

Belgian comics help mend a city and increase tourism The year after the horror of terrorist bombings in March 2016, the number of tourists to Brussels dropped by 40%. A significant effort was made to shore up the tourism industry, and one initiative, which has proven successful, appealed to fans of Belgian caricatures, animated books…

If this is Belgium, it must be beer time…

  It’s Belgium, it’s my turn to do a post…it’s about beer 😉 Belgian beers are renowned by beer aficionados as being among the best in the world. In fact, Rick Steves (travel guru) mentioned in an audio tour that there are 3-day weekend beer trips from the North East USA to Belgium, for those…

Art and Inspiration in the Netherlands

Our flight from Berlin to Amsterdam was at the crack of dawn and we were transported from the frenetic electric energy of Germany’s capital to the serene green pastures and beautiful light of Holland.  Our Airbnb in Holland is located in Naarden, about 30 minutes east of Amsterdam so we can enjoy both city and rural…

Biking in Holland

From tandem-riding to babies in buckets, from stand-ups to pile-ups…biking is the way of life in Holland 🙂  

A feast for the eyes in Berlin

A glimpse at some of the art available for viewing in Berlin…from the Berlinische Galerie, to the East Side Gallery and ending with a Street Art tour. So much to feast your eyes on!

Impressions of Berlin

Our airplane tickets were purchased four months ago, and finally, on September 4th, we landed in Berlin to start our journey! We are excited, not too jet-lagged and ready for adventure 😉 Mixed first impressions We have to admit, our first impressions of Berlin were jumbled – though this was probably coloured by jet-lag fog…