My Strasbourg photo diary

Strasbourg is a beautiful French city in the Alsace region, close to the border between France and Germany. The Alsace region has a turbulent history as it has passed between French and German control several times since 1681. Because of its history, you’ll see a great deal of German and French influences throughout the city today, […]

A quick stopover in Lille

On my way back to Amsterdam from Paris, I wanted to break up my bus journey into smaller, more comfortable stretches. I’d already been to the obvious choices, Brussels and Antwerp, so I was searching for another lively and interesting city to explore. Enter Lille. Lille is the fourth largest French city at the northern […]

I ate a cronut in New York City and it wasn’t great

Being a huge fan of sweet pastries, a trip to New York City wouldn’t be complete for me without a visit to the Dominique Ansel Bakery to grab a cronut. If you haven’t heard of a cronut before, where have you been for the last five years? A cronut is a trendy hybrid pastry, part […]

You won’t believe how beautiful Colmar is!

When I first saw photographs of Colmar about a year ago, I knew I had to see this small French town for myself. It’s one of those picturesque little European towns that looks too perfect to be real. You know, the ones that belong in the pages of fairytale books. I thought for sure these photos […]

Staying at the Green Tortoise Hostel in San Francisco

I feel like the Green Tortoise Hostel is an institution in San Francisco. For decades it’s provided travellers with a great place to stay in the city’s historic North Beach neighbourhood. I couldn’t wait to stay here and I’m happy to report that the hostel didn’t disappoint. Checking in You can pay for your stay […]

Yosemite National Park with Green Tortoise Adventure Travel – Day 3

Getting up at sunrise, we prepared our last breakfast together, scrambled eggs with veggies and cheese, and a fresh fruit salad. After everything was cleaned and packed away, we hit the road and had some fun on our way to the first stop of the day, Tuolumne Meadows. Going ‘Wild’ in Tuolumne Meadows Let me […]

Yosemite National Park with Green Tortoise Adventure Travel – Day 2

The second day of my Yosemite National Park adventure with Green Tortoise started early, around 06h00 when Steve woke us up with tea and coffee. Breakfast was made-from-scratch buckwheat pancakes served with fresh blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream. A three-hour drive took us to the first stop of the day, the Mono Basin. If you […]

Yosemite National Park with Green Tortoise Adventure Travel – Day 1

As soon as my flight to San Francisco was booked, my search to find the best Yosemite National Park tour started. I soon realised that, yes, you can take a day of the park. But where’s the fun in that? I knew Yosemite was going to be spectacular, and spending only a few hours inside […]

Applying for a Canadian Transit Visa in The Netherlands

In January I got the shock of my life! I’d book tickets from Brussels to New York on Air Canada, stopping over in Montreal on the way. Three weeks before I was set to fly, I realised I needed a Canadian transit visa to pass through Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. Without it, I wouldn’t […]

My Air Canada review

Let me start this review by saying that I flew with Air Canada after purchasing error fare tickets. I only paid €80 for return tickets from Brussels to New York, including checked luggage and meals. On the one hand, kudos to Air Canada for honouring the error fare tickets! On the other hand, it kinda […]

Staying at the Atrium Palace Thalasso Spa Resort & Villas, Rhodes

Rhodes is the largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands and known for its ancient ruins. It’s one of the most beautiful Greek islands with low mountains and picturesque beaches. In the quiet village of Kalathos, you’ll find the 5* beach front Atrium Palace Resort. I spent seven nights at this luxury resort in May. It’s […]

Eating Chef’s lunch at Hortus Restaurant, The Hague

Hortus Restaurant is unique in that it only serves vegetarian dishes made from local and organic produce. It’s rated as one of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in The Hague, so naturally, I had to check it out for myself. I popped in for lunch which is served between 12h00 and 15h00. The lunch […]

Vegetarian dishes to try on Rhodes

One of the highlights of my recent trip to Rhodes was the incredible local food. Just thinking about it now makes my mouth water. Add to that amazing Greek hospitality and you’ve got a dining experience you’ll never forget. If I could eat only Greek cuisine for the rest of my life, I’d be as […]

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