• How are you doing lately?

    Friday, August 29, 2014 1 Permalink

    Really, right now I should be writing a travel article for my magazine and an advertorial for a client (excuses to my editor and my client). Instead I am blogging. Somehow I couldn't bring myself to switch from that mood of writing for an audience in mind and just writing, diary-style. Maybe there should not be a difference between the two. Whether it's a good thing or a bad thing, I don't know. After last month's African ...

  • In Dresden – how I traded dinner for a concert

    Saturday, February 16, 2013 2 Permalink

    On my second night in Dresden, I was wandering around Frauenkirche (Church of our Dear Women) in Dresden's Old Town, looking for the famous Kunst-Cafe Antik which was recommended by many because of it's unique ambiance. Of course in the tradition of my geographic ineptness, I got lost. I tried following An der Frauenckirche street but it disappeared into Munzgasse street and I didn't know where else to go. I was already on my 4th ...

  • In photos – weekend in Limassol, Cyprus

    Friday, February 15, 2013 2 Permalink

    Last year in autumn, I made one last business trip to Cyprus. It was already Nevember but the weather in Cyprus was still between 20-23 degree Celsius sometimes even warmer so I was able to enjoy a little more of summer before my sub-zero adventure in Russia. We rented two apartments at Avalon Traditional Village Houses, a beautiful property tucked in the small town of Phasoula. I think we were the only tourists in the village ...

  • 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, ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • Conversations at the beach: Lido Island, Italy

    Thursday, December 30, 2010 1 Permalink

    In July 2010, I took yet another birthday sojourn in Italy, a month before my birthday. Wanting to escape crowded Venice, I decided to stay in Lido Island, about 15 minutes away by vaporetto (water bus). Much as I wanted to spend my four-night stay in Grand Hotel de Bains, the famous setting of Death in Venice, my budget settled me instead in a rather dingy hotel called Vime Byron which is located few meters away from ...

  • 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 ...