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 …

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 …

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 …

Barcelona’s best in a day

See Barcelona in one day complete with merienda and a Spanish guitar performance?  It’s very possible!  A weekend (or 2 days) in Barcelona is more than enough time which is good news for us time to those of us who don’t have a lot of vacation days to spare.  Here’s Part 1 of the series:  …

Weekend in Copenhagen

To end the series on Copenhagen, I’m sharing the itinerary we followed when we spent a weekend back in July. We followed the usual formula of our weekend trips:  Fly in Friday evening, spend all of Saturday and Sunday touring, and fly back to Amsterdam Sunday night.  A weekend would not be enough time for …