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 …

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, …

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 …

Real fairytale castles of Bavaria

STOP THE BUS! Every cell in my body wanted to scream this when, after about 2 hours of driving along winding country roads, we turned a corner and I finally got a glimpse of our destination. Perched on the side of a mountain, as if floating on a sea of lush cedar trees, Neuchwanstein Castle …

Inside Munich Residenz Palace

Incessant rain on our second day in Munich forced us to change our plans.  Initially, we hoped to spend two hours in the morning skimming the Munich Residenz Museum—a former palace of Bavarian monarchs and rulers in the heart of Munich.  We had hoped to be done with a ‘highlights’ visit of the museum at …

7 ways to enjoy beer-free Munich

This year’s Oktoberfest wrapped up two weeks ago and was nothing short of legendary. According to the festival’s official website, the fair brought 6.4 million guests on a beer pilgrimage to Munich from all over the world. The pilgirms consumed 114 oxen, 58 calves, and 6.7 million liters of beer—an average of over a liter …

My Munich: The Treasury

Munich. Images of beer halls easily come to mind—packed with men in their lederhosen (this outfit to those not familiar). Each one has a bier stein in hand filled with their favored golden brew. Rows and rows of wooden tables are covered with trays (not just plates) of meat and wurst.  And fluttering about in the …

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.  …