Belgium

Brussels

After a short but lovely time in Bruges it’s time for another short but sweet trip, this time to the Belgian capital of Brussels. Just walking around the city leads to a lot of beautiful and fun discoveries. Not too far from our Airbnb was a flurry of activity. At Place Sainte Catherine there are… Continue reading Brussels

Belgium

Lovely Bruges

After several days in Paris we traveled to Bruges via train. The lovely old-world charm of the city was evident to us upon our arrival at the train station. After checking into our Airbnb we took a walk through the Begijnhof (Beguinage), which used to be a home for the beguines – lay-women who sort… Continue reading Lovely Bruges

France

Paris (Aug. 14 and 15)

Our Paris adventure continues with a trip to Basilique du Sacre Coeur, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. If you’ve seen Amelie, you’ll know that one of the important scenes in the movie was filmed in this place. There was a throng of tourists visiting the basilica on this hot sunny day. You can’t… Continue reading Paris (Aug. 14 and 15)

France

Paris (August 12-13)

After a couple of quite eventful flights I and Arnaud found ourselves in Paris on a Sunday morning. The first time I had been there was eight years back and for Arnaud, it was the beginning of a homecoming after four years away.   When we went out to shop for groceries and lunch we… Continue reading Paris (August 12-13)

Italy

Roma: Days 2 and 3

Day 2 started off with a visit to the Vatican. I remember during my last visit in 2012 the security wasn’t as tight as it is now, so it was much faster to get in. However, four years later, things are different so take that into consideration if you should find yourself planning a visit… Continue reading Roma: Days 2 and 3

Spain

Madrid

I just came back from a 3-day city break in a very wet, cloudy, and cold Madrid. It was a bit annoying but the not-so-ideal weather didn’t take much away from this gorgeous Spanish capital. My highlights were the delicious traditional and modern tapas, the great bars in the Malasaña district, Picasso’s Guernica at the… Continue reading Madrid

Taiwan

Taipei: All The Things We Ate

My first trip to Taipei in early 2017 left me wanting to try more Taiwanese food and so for the family’s recent Christmas trip, we were determined to try as many things as we can. (See Dinner at Raohe Night Market,  Eating in Shilin, Beitou: Hot Springs And A Whole Lot More and Spirited Away in Jiufen) Of course this… Continue reading Taipei: All The Things We Ate