Indian Saree: Inspired By + Inspired Buy

A suitcase of sarees—that’s the heaviest piece of luggage I had to check in at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. It weighed 23kg—not an ounce less than my allowance. There was a tight knot in my stomach as the Swiss Air agent put the baggage tags on my black, banged-up Samsonite. I watched it sluggishly …

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 …

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, …

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 …

MUNICH: INSPIRED BY + INSPIRED BUY

If you’re visiting Munich for Oktoberfest, you are bound to certain wardrobe expectations.  Guys are urged to bare their hairy legs in lederhosen, and women are encouraged to look like pretty Alpine dolls in their dirndl—accentuated waists and bosoms especially appreciated.  As much as I wanted to pack a bodice and apron in our trip …

Berlin Cheat Sheet

Capping off the Berlin series with a handy cheat sheet that I’m hoping you can use as a quick printed reference, or to help you in your overall planning.  Download the printable guide here. WHERE TO STAY Book at ARCOTEL Velvet Berlin: a four-star hotel in the heart of Mitte that will not break the bank.  …

BERLIN: Inspired By + Inspired Buy

I used to dread packing for a trip and planning what to wear. I typically defaulted to a white t-shirt-and-jeans ensemble such that if I lined up all my photos travelling Canada from 2005 through 2009, it would appear that I did a coast-to-coast trip in the same day as I wore the exact same …

Berlin: 20 best spots (Part 2)

Continuing the list of 20 things that made me adore Berlin, you’ll see a good mix of magnificent monuments, poignant reminders of Germany’s dark past, a bit of comedy, plus lots and lots of chocolate. Just like Part 1 (numbers 1 to 10), every single Berlin spot in this list was measured against my five-point …

Berlin: 20 best spots (Part 1)

After a weekend in Berlin, I can easily recommend 20 of the best spots to visit for someone who’s visiting for the first time. Here’s the first of a two-part series: I did not care to see Berlin. GASP! I can almost hear the world wide web convulsively catching its breath in shock after that …

Lavender fields forever

Sing with me: Let me take you down ’cause I’m going to… lavender fields forever…  Well, The Beatles’ song is actually Strawberry Fields Forever and had nothing at all to do with fields or fruits.  But the song has been on repeat in my Spotify the past several days as I finalize the plan for …

20 hours of sunlight in Norway

I am terribly behind schedule with my blog posts.  This past week, I had hoped to kickoff the Germany series and do a full coverage of Berlin and Bavaria.  But alas, Amsterdam has been basking in beautiful sunshine for the past seven days which had me spending most of my time outside.  In the past …