All posts tagged: guide

In Bruges

After a wonderful getaway to Zeeland in the Netherlands we drove further south to discover Belgium’s medieval beauty Bruges. To quote Ray in the great film In Bruges: Maybe that’s what hell is: the entire rest of eternity spent in fucking Bruges. Let me tell you: It’s not all that bad. Not at all. Even though the whole town seems a little dozy with some restaurants and shops closed on Tuesdays and quiet streets in the morning. However, this dreaminess also makes Bruges a very special place. Time seems to stand still here and there. In the very best meaning. Our accommodation was Hotel Bla Bla very close to the historic centre. Bruges is full of those beautiful orange tile roofs, which we looked out to from our hotel room. Breakfast was served at Sanseveria, a charming bagel café. French music from the 1920s and tasty ingredients had us strenghtened for another day with chilly autumn weather. And chocolate also played its part in warming us. We got a little touristy when climbing up Belfort and …

A little guide to little Haarlem

Moving to Amsterdam at the beginning of this year has had me explore some lovely parts of the Netherlands. And even though I’m thirsting for those big travels awaiting me at the end of July, I enjoy discovering my current adopted country so much as well. After going to Utrecht last week, it was – after so many recommendations and romanticization – time to go to see Haarlem, a late medieval city some 15 minutes away from busy Amsterdam. It’s funny that cities like Utrecht or Haarlem are only slightly smaller than Amsterdam. Still they exude this cozy small town charm. Little colourful town houses, lovely boutiques, idyllic landscapes and unruffled people. Speaking of boutiques: Ironically it has been in Utrecht and now Haarlem that I stumbled upon the cutest shops. I’m sure they’re out there in Amsterdam as well, but imagine hundreds of Amsterdamers plus two hundred tourists squashing in front of one slender mirror.  There you go. kloffie in Haarlem turned out to be a true gem storing pieces by Minimum, Nümph and others. I …

A little Guide to Utrecht

The bigger, the better. That’s my name of the game when it comes to cities at least. Amsterdam, however, is so full of tourists most of the time that I quite often feel the need to take a short getaway. This weekend that mini-break led me to Utrecht. And I can’t put it differently: I fell deeply in love. My starting point was, of course, a coffee spot. And it was a good one! Entering The Village Coffee & Music, I instantly felt thrown back to my summer in Brooklyn two years ago. Unplastered brick walls, big ventilators and incredibly tasty cookies: I can’t imagine a café more perfect than this. After one day now I’m seriously considering driving all the way from Amsterdam to Utrecht just to sit down in this place again. Right next to The Village Coffee & Music a cute little shop called PUHA sells beautiful and unique dresses, leather bags, accessories and adorable jewellry. Prices are a little higher here, but the quality is most probably worth it. Plus, this boutique leaves you …

NDSM Wharf, Amsterdam

This post has been long in coming. NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam-Noord has always been my favourite part of the city. This is why I’m inviting you to accompany me there today. Amsterdam is known for its beautiful canals and idyllic old buildings but I must admit I could easily exchange this part of town with the industrial wharf you reach by a ferry from Amsterdam Centraal at no charge. Even though this place is very popular particularly with the young citizens of Amsterdam, it never feels as crowded as the city centre. Coffee, food and further spots are located here but much less than in the areas across the water. So where to have coffee? Noorderlicht or pllek! They are both established within containers, which gives those places quite an edgy atmosphere. Noorderlicht is a bit hipstery with (seem to be) arrogant waiters. pllek is a little more relaxed, serves good food and decent coffee. A plus: the raised beach right in front of the water. One of the best things about this neighbourhood is …

The MARKET HOUSE Hotel, Tel Aviv

Beside people, nature and surroundings, my accommodation has always been the gist of spending a good holiday. I love living authentically. To feel less like a tourist and more like a local. This is why I’m used to choosing AirBnB apartments. I have to admit, though, I have a soft spot for sublime hotels (who doesn’t?) and when I came across The MARKET HOUSE Hotel, I knew I had to book this beautiful spot. Arrived there, I knew we had made the right choice. If I could type down the splendid oriental scent that met us in the entrance hall and would await us every morning henceforth, believe me: I would. Other than that lovely fragrance it was particularly the interior style which turned this small hotel right in the midst of Old Jaffa into a darling place. Copper details, marble tapware and industrial design made us feel at home (or alternatively in Copenhagen) easily. Oh, and the food…! True to type the rooms were no exception. Even though they were all quite small, you found enough room to …