Travel has a lot of unexpected side effects: it triggers your imagination, it expands your worldview, it encourages you to connect with others and makes you a more confident, self-aware person. Also, it tends to put 10 to 15 pounds on you. The ... Discover More..
When most people think of Cologne (Köln in German), they think of the first thing a visitor sees in Cologne: the imposing edifice of the city's famous Gothic cathedral. Look at the height of the people; then look up. Note: My visit to Colo... Discover More..
In the last few months, a barrage of articles has been released pointing to a general ongoing backlash against tourism. Protests in Barcelona, anger in Venice over rising rents and locals being pushed out of the city, Thailand choosing to ban so-call... Discover More..
If you're visiting Italy this summer and need a way to cool off from Europe's "Lucifer" heat wave (actual, real-life nickname), you need to get yourself to some great Italian beaches where you can escape the summer heat and enjoy the beautiful Medite... Discover More..
I was in London for the first terrorist attack this year at Westminster. A few tube stops away from Parliament, knee-deep in a blog post on my laptop in my West London flat, I had no idea what had happened. Until texts from my US friends started to p... Discover More..
My stay in Amsterdam was provided courtesy of RailEurope and the Conscious Hotel Vondelpark. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post, are, as always, my own. If you book a room through the link for Conscious Hotel, I do get a small ... Discover More..
It was technically my third time in Paris, but only the second one I could remember. I had gone to EuroDisney when I was a child, so that memory of Paris was pretty much lost to time (and no doubt eclipsed by visuals of Mickey Mouse and photographs o... Discover More..
From "In Bruges", the Colin Farrell movie you need to see - a character describes Bruges: "How's a fairytale town not somebody's fucking thing? How can all those canals and bridges and cobbled streets and those churches, all that beautiful fucking fa... Discover More..
There are certainly many underrated cities and places in all the world. How does one choose among the best destinations in Europe to pick one as the most underrated? This was my criteria: the difference between my expectations and the things I had... Discover More..
The Girl on the Train “I need your passport”, the blonde train conductor commanded as the train hurtled through the Belgian countryside, halfway from Bruges to Brussels. She was looking down at the young woman with big brown eyes next to me, who was... Discover More..