Hotel Amigo Brussels

Trivia: Back in the 16th century, someone mistook the word ‘vrient’ — Flemish for prison — as ‘vriend,’ which eventually led to the name of Hotel Amigo.  Over 500 years later, the hotel bares no trace of its prison-past but its outstanding accommodations will make any visitor actually not want to leave. We cannot have picked a better …

Food Finds at the Brussels Christmas Markets

I confess: Even if I thoroughly enjoy shopping for winter trinkets at the Chrismtas markets, I honestly and unequivocally go for the food.  And I’m willing to bet good money that most visitors share the same laser-focused goals as I—to savour the atmosphere that’s thick with holiday fuzzies, and to enjoy a variety of scrumptious food, …

Video: Grand Place Christmas Lights Show

It’s true that when it comes to Christmas markets, most travellers head to Germany and visit its legendary Weihnachtsmarkt. But I recently found a hidden gem in the heart of Belgium’s capital that in my opinion rivals, if not completely trumps, some of Germany’s most popular Christmas markets. There are 2 big reasons why Brussels …

Inside Frankfurt’s Roomers Design Hotel

Sensual.  That’s a word I never thought I’d use to describe a hotel. But no other word more perfectly describes Frankfurt’s Roomers Design Hotel better than that—sensual. We stayed at Roomers for our weekend trip to Frankfurt to visit the Christmas markets. The primary reason I selected Roomers is its amazing location—being a short walk …

Video: 2-minute tour of the Frankfurt Christmas Market

In less than 2 minutes, the Frankfurt Christmas Market will surely get in the mood for the holidays and well… for some good food. Hear the buzz of the visiting crowd, the crackle of the fried potatoes, and the sizzle of the grilled sausages. Watch the gooey Nutella slathered on the crepe, the clouds of …

Good food and Gluhwein in the Frankfurt Christmas Market

Starting off the Christmas special with a highlight from last year’s holiday season.  This was first posted in December 2013 right after a weekend trip to Frankfurt.  Hope you’re not too hungry because these food photos will make you want to eat! Having spent all of December last year in Toronto for our civil wedding, …

8 Reasons to stay at The Grand Hotel Toplice

“Your room comes with a boat,” said the lady at the front desk. Upon hearing this, my husband’s eyes lit up like headlights and the scowl he’s politely been trying to hide from the hotel staff upturned to a big, beaming smile. It was late in the afternoon when we reached Grand Hotel Toplice in …

Best photography moments in Lake Bled, Slovenia

Picture this:   A calm lake surrounded by the soft slopes of alpine mountains. A small island in the middle, just big enough for an old, white church—the sound of bells ringing from its clock tower. Couples paddle away on their wooden row boats making ripples on the otherwise still water. White swans parade close …

Design Hotel: Vander Urbani Resort

If, like me, you have a weakness for the old and traditional,  Old Town Ljubljana will make you swoon.  With churches from the 15th century, baroque architecture from the 1700s, and city tales that go back to Jason and the Argonauts—you’ll be sure to get a full dose of all things old and beautiful.  But …

Postcards from Predjama Castle

“Another castle?” my husband asked with an exasperated look on his face.  Having visited over 30 countries in the past three years, it’s true that I have dragged my husband through many a castle—perhaps 40? 50?  I’ve honestly lost count.  At one point—please tell me if it’s a guy thing—the castles have started to look …

Inside Postojna Cave

Like most caves, Slovenia’s Postojna Cave is cold, dark, and damp. But unlike typical caves, it’s also beautiful, at times incredible, and even quite magical. Postojna Cave is a short 40-minute drive from Ljubljana and is one of the must-sees in Slovenia and this general area of Europe. I confess that visiting a cave in …

24 hours in lovely Ljubljana

Our trip to Ljubljana came at the end of a very busy time at my day job. To those who don’t know this fact about me, I work in the crazy world of advertising—highly notorious for toxic hours. The month leading up to our Slovenia trip was also the countdown to the World Cup and …

Croatia: Inspired by + Inspired buy

As big Game of Thrones fans, my husband and I definitely geeked out in Dubrovnik.  To be honest, the medieval city oozes with such dynastic draw that it’s impossible not to.  One look at the red-tiled roofs and you’re immediately transported to Westeros and King’s Landing.  When we started to scale the old city walls, …

Split’s Radisson Blu Resort

Women are all too familiar with the concept of searching for “the one”—the quest for that person who will tick off all the checkboxes in an ever-evolving list of must-haves of the ideal man. I had one when I was 15, and the first line item said “Must be Ronan Keating”; I had to modify …

Sea views from Split, Croatia

We spent the first half of our four-day Croatia trip in Dubrovnik, and the next half in Split.  The plan for Dubrovnik was to stay in the heart of the city and soak in the history of Old Town as much as possible.  Our plan for Split was slightly different: we made a conscious decision …

The only rooftop terrace in town: Hotel Stari Grad

Although there are hundreds of accommodations available in Dubrovnik, there are currently only two hotels inside the walls of Old Town.  I thought choosing between the two options would be difficult but when I found out that only one of them had a rooftop terrace—the only rooftop terrace in the entire town—I knew there was …

Slowing down in Dubrovnik

Leisurely and unhurried—that’s exactly how we planned to see Dubrovnik. When I was researching about how to spend our four days in Croatia, I was surprised by the amount of people who suggested that Dubrovnik should be treated as a day trip. ‘Don’t spend too much time’ was a popular advice—go in, spend a few …