Amazing Weekend Getaway in the Heart of Barcelona’s Wine Countryside

Barcelona Weekend Getaway After our Castle sleepover in January, we decided to do some more weekend splurging – this time in the superb cava inspired architecture of Hotel Mastinell, located in the heart of the Catalan wine country and a stone’s throw away from Barcelona. Penedès is the equivalent of France’s Champagne’s region and has … More Amazing Weekend Getaway in the Heart of Barcelona’s Wine Countryside

Come See Barcelona’s Gegants and Fiesta Differently

Every year in September, Barcelona celebrates its birthday with a unique fiesta: Fiesta de la Merce. A mashup of crazy street celebrations including correfocs, Castellers and, the object of my immediate affection: gegants.
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Have Yourself a Merry Astro-Christmas!

Twitter strikes again!  This time, it was in the form of a serendipitous tweet from AstroFarm, suggesting a different kind of Christmas… Interested yet?

Xmas at Astrofarm – dark skies, astronomy, great food, astronomy, good company, astronomy, help & advice and …oh did we mention astronomy?

So yes: we’ll be heading to Confolens (south of France) for 3 full nights of magic starting on the 2nd day of winter & just after the winter solstice.

We won’t be spotting Santa & his reindeers up on the skies (though you never know..) but with a bit of luck and clear skies, we’ll spot a few of those Ursids twinkling in the night sky. … More Have Yourself a Merry Astro-Christmas!

Going Oriental in Central Berlin: Indoors Magic!

I always mix business with pleasure. In travels, I mean. So when I was asked to go to Berlin for work (my 5th time already) I wondered: how can I sample Berlin with a twist? You know, once you go beyond the must do’s, tourist hotspots and the classic city icons.

And since I never met Berlin in a good (weather) mood anyway – this time proving to be no exception – indoors was the obvious answer.  … More Going Oriental in Central Berlin: Indoors Magic!

Hidden Spain Collection: In a Medieval Mood

It’s been one year already. One year since I packed up and moved away from gloomy Brussels and into sunny Barcelona.

One year that flew by, as I purposefully neglected Spain’s gems and instead fell in love with South Africa, Indonesia, and soon New Zealand.

But as the end of the year draws near, so will my travels. And I guarantee you this much: Spain will shine in the spotlight of the year to come, in colors you’ve never seen it wear before!

I figured gorgeous Besalú with its matching, picture perfect neighboring friends will make for a wonderful start or that journey – and an easy day trip from Barcelona.

Prepare to be taken by surprise by a Spain few people know: … More Hidden Spain Collection: In a Medieval Mood

Off the beaten Spain: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

It was a sunny Saturday morning and I was sitting on my balcony, scrolling Instagram for my weekly fix of travel daydreaming, when I saw it:
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.

Just… love at first sight!

And this wanderlusting was not for a far away place, because the amazing piece of nature -meets – man-made is a mere 50 minutes flight away from Barcelona.

In my mind this was a done deal, right there on that balcony. … More Off the beaten Spain: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

An Off-Season Quickie to Ibiza

Ibiza off season was completely on purpose (and partly because of the crazy cheap flights, yes) but I am glad we went against the crowds.

Because, once you cut out the clubs, the overly crowded beaches & the constantly inebriated youth (hey, I’m 30 now, I am allowed to complain about the youngsters, okay?) Ibiza has a special charm of its own.

Once you step outside the hotel, you’ll be getting an almost rural glimpse into what the island would have been, if the Guettas and the Pacha’s and Ushuaïa’s didn’t exist. … More An Off-Season Quickie to Ibiza

Went to Basel for BaselWorld, Stayed for All the Rest

Basel was a gift for my husband’s birthday, since he’s wanted to go to Baselworld for a long time.

And yes I’ll admit when it comes to travel, I am always a little bit selfish, so I would not pass on the opportunity to check Switzerland off my list.Read more…
Also, I wanted to see what all the fuss is about; heh Switzerland? And between the very short stop to Geneva & Lausanne and now Basel, I have to say I get it.

Those mountains.. … More Went to Basel for BaselWorld, Stayed for All the Rest