Europe

Zaanse Schans windmills next to Zaan river

Amsterdam day trip: Dutch heritage in Zaanse Schans

You’ve probably seen pictures of Zaanse Schans and wondered where it was. It is located just north of Amsterdam, accessible by car, train, bike, etc. This preserved town is sort of like an open-air museum with traditional Dutch handicrafts. What you’ll notice first are the beautiful historic windmills, but there are also traditional houses (some […] Read more…

Jordaan and surroundings: Best Places to Eat, Shop & Visit

Jordaan is our favorite neighborhood in all of Amsterdam, let’s start off there. This former working-class area is today one of the most expensive and upscale neighborhoods in the city. It kind of reminds me of the Marais district in Paris, not esthetically but in terms of atmosphere. It’s got beautiful houses, charming canals and […] Read more…

NDSM Werf: Amsterdam’s New Hotspot

Amsterdam is all about canals, bikes and small quaint streets… not! Of course that is a big part of the charm of this city, but there’s a lot more to it. Visiting Amsterdam for the second time, we thought we would venture to the north side to explore NDSM Werf. Please follow and like us: Read more…

De Pijp: Former Working Class Quarter turned Hip Neighbourhood

In the 19th century, when Amsterdam’s Jordaan neighbourhood was starting to be overcrowded, the city built a new district, De Pijp, to house the excess population and labourers. Today, De Pijp is a mix of different cultures and nationalities. It’s a friendly popular neighbourhood with lots of cafés, shops and market stalls. Please follow and […] Read more…

A Summer in the South of France: Part 2

After visiting my grandparents in the Basque Country and near Toulouse, we had to go to Burgundy for my aunt and uncle’s birthday. As it is quite a distance from Toulouse to Burgundy, we decided to take a roadtrip! We stopped in lovely cities and discovered many things. Here is part two of our summer […] Read more…

A Summer in the South of France: Part 1

Every summer, when my parents come back to France (they live abroad), we head south to see my grandparents in the Basque Country (dad’s side) and near Toulouse (mom’s side). When you say “ South of France ” people immediately think of the Côte d’Azur (or French Riviera), but that’s just part of it! We […] Read more…