My Best Room With a View Moments Around the World

We’re all guilty of dreaming, aren’t we? When I’m not traveling or planning the next getaway, I often take great pleasure in daydreaming, looking back on my travels and drooling all over those mental Kodak moments.  So while I’m plotting the best itinerary for a Hong Kong Microadventure, (stick around) and dreaming of the white … More My Best Room With a View Moments Around the World

Secret Barcelona: 12 Things You Didn’t Know

1. May Be Older than Rome Well.. the maybe is important. One legend says that the city was founded by Hercules, centuries before Rome was founded.  The second legend attributes the foundation of the city directly to general Hamilcar Barca, Hannibal’s father. The more official, streamlined version, though, is that the Romans themselves founded the city as … More Secret Barcelona: 12 Things You Didn’t Know

How to Choose your Tenerife Whale Cruise

Tenerife Whale Cruise I knew Tenerife was great for spotting whales and dolphins, so because we did not manage to see any whales neither in Iceland nor in South Africa, I thought: third time’s a charm. And it was. But I would much rather talk about how to plan your cruise, and what to avoid, … More How to Choose your Tenerife Whale Cruise

The Secret Lavender Fields of Spain

A Spanish Summer  The air was full of promises and sun and the smell of lavender was sticking to your skin and hair like an expensive perfume. The road to the middle of nowhere in Brihuega had been crowded; it seemed that all city folks had found out about the secret at the same time, … More The Secret Lavender Fields of Spain

La Gomera – The Land That Time Forgot

An Anticlimatic Start It takes more than a case of lumbar hernia and a piece of falling toenail to put us off this hike! Still, after diligent preparations to hike in La Gomera, after preparations going back months in advance, ferry tickets paid and guide booked, and of course building expectations, whoever would have imagined … More La Gomera – The Land That Time Forgot

Casa Batllo Magic Nights, or How to Barcelona Differently

Casa Batllo Magic Nights – An evening concert on Gaudi’s Dragon rooftop Casa Batllo Magic Nights.  Paseo de Gracia 43. The address of tonight’s rather exclusive gig. The organizers had been really nice to accommodate a last minute change of date to our tickets, so that I could have my cake and eat it too. … More Casa Batllo Magic Nights, or How to Barcelona Differently

Beyond Barcelona: 5 Amazing Day Trips Worth Taking

Ever since I moved to Barcelona almost two years ago, I have made it my own personal challenge to uncover as many Spanish hidden gems as it’s humanly possible while still working a full-time job (something’s gotta pay for my travels!). And while I could tell you all about Montserrat, Sitges, Girona and Tarragona – and … More Beyond Barcelona: 5 Amazing Day Trips Worth Taking

Secret Spain: Concert in the Lavender Fields of Brihuega

Every July for 7 years now, the lavender fields of Brihuega, Spain become a natural stage for sunset concerts. Festival de La Lavanda is possibly one of my greatest Secret Spain tips yet. When I came up with my little Secret Spain idea, I had set out to become an explorer in my new home away … More Secret Spain: Concert in the Lavender Fields of Brihuega

How to Barcelona in Summer: Fiesta de Gracia in Images

Barcelona Local Gems: Fiesta de Gracia Fiesta de Gracia, one of Barcelona’s iconic neighborhood events, is one of the city’s best-known Summer Fiestas: a Definite Don’t Miss. The summer fiesta has been around for 200 years and celebrated its bicentennial in 2017. Starting mid-August and lasting for a full week, the fiesta transforms some twenty … More How to Barcelona in Summer: Fiesta de Gracia in Images

Spain Midsummer Fiestas: How to San Juan in Barcelona

Barcelona celebrates the shortest night of the year in big style! The night of June 23 to 24, San Juan is celebrated across Spain in a most festive way: there is music in the streets, firecrackers and fireworks everywhere, and lots of people in the mood to party. Since the entire city will be full … More Spain Midsummer Fiestas: How to San Juan in Barcelona