• A leisurely weekend in Luxembourg

    Sunday, January 20, 2013 2 Permalink

      My husband and I are masters of slow travel. After all, that is how our relationship started - three weeks of leisure travel in Palawan, one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines. We do research a bit beforehand but we don't really mind getting side-tracked. It only adds up to the fun. Since moving back to the Netherlands, we have been going on a weekend trips on his birthday. We did Paris in 2010, a castle-weekend in Aye, Belgium in 2011 and last year stayed in another castle in Luxembourg. The last two years had been easier now that ...

  • Weekend Guide: Black Forest, Germany

    Saturday, April 2, 2011 1 Permalink

    There are fairytale towns deep in the heart of the Black Forest in Germany. In the mornings, when the sun rises at seven, one can still see the smoke coming out of the chimneys of beautiful wooden houses, mixing with the clouds slowly rising up from the mountain. Just like in those Disney princess’ movies. During autumn, the lush greenery turns into a panoramic sea of hues as the leaves change colors and starts to fall. It is unbelievable how the world can be so beautiful in such a somber place, accessible only after so many hours of racing with flying ...

  • Weekend Guide: Bruges, Belgium

    Saturday, February 26, 2011 2 Permalink

    Bruges or Brugge, depends on what language you are speaking, prides itself in being a well-preserved medieval town and one of the many Unesco's World Heritage site in Belgium. Stripped off tourists that floods Brugge everyday, it can actually be just a ghost town as if time stood still in there and you can expect to meet a man in cloak and a woman in kirtle while taking a midnight walk in one of its dark alleyways. Probably that's why director Martin McDonagh chose it as the setting of his dark comedy film In Bruges. "The problem with Brugge is that ...

  • In Bruges

    Thursday, August 13, 2009 4 Permalink

    In Bruges “Bruges is a shit hole.” This is probably the most memorable line in the 2008 movie In Bruges, a dark comedy film set in the city of Brugge (pronounced bru-kke), Belgium. The movie is about two professional killers, Ray (played by Colin Farrell) and Ken (played by Brendan Gleeson), who after a botched job, are sent by their handler (Ralph Fiennes) to the city to await their fate. Enchanted by the night scenes in the film, I trooped down to Brugge for a weekend. On the first day, I almost agreed with Ray (who uttered the memorable line) on his first ...