Walking on cotton in Pamukkale

Pamukkale had been in my bucket list for many years.  It’s taken us a while to visit because unlike other Turkish destinations in our list (i.e. Istanbul, Cappadocia), planning a trip to Pamukkale had been a bit more on the challenging side.  Its location, for example, is not as convenient as Istanbul which gets direct …

Trastevere Treasures: Where to stay & eat

To the locals living in Rome, Trastevere is nothing short of a treasure. Away from the usual tourist route, this neighbourhood is free of the animated (read: frantic) crowds that make central Rome quite hectic at times. Crossing the river and walking to Trastevere—which literally translates to “beyond the Tiber”—one will notice and feel the …

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, …

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 …

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.  …

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 …

Budapest Cheat Sheet

Ending the Budapest series with a functional cheat sheet that I’m hoping you can use as a quick printed reference in your trip, or to help you in your overall planning.  Download the printable guide here. WHERE TO STAY: Stay in the Pest side especially if it’s your first time in Budapest. Save: Opera Garden Hotel …

Opera-Garden Hotel Budapest

Pretty 4-star hotel/apartment that’s just steps away from everything at €70/night with breakfast included & bottomless mulled wind to keep you warm—now that‘s a real steal!  If you’re on a budget but would still like to stay in a charming hotel at a great location, the Opera Garden Hotel & Apartments Budapest is a great …

Beautiful Budapest: Part 1

Part 1 of a two-part series on our weekend trip to Budapest, featuring our discovery of Budapest’s resilient charm and exploration of Buda. Our trip to Budapest is our first foray to Eastern Europe.  If we were to base our expectations solely on stereotypes, we would have anticipated to see scars of war and post-communist …