Category Archives: Europe

November 18

Weimar – Where Bauhaus Began

Exploring the origins of a radical design movement that while very short-lived, left a lasting impact on every aspect of the post modern world.

June 30

Europe By Train – City Breaks For The Time-Constrained

Come summer, I am flooded with requests for itinerary options for multi-city breaks in Europe. My suggestion to one friend to stay put in Paris with just five days on hand, didn’t go down too well. She was concerned there wouldn’t be enough to keep her occupied since she’d already ‘done’ the Eiffel Tower and […]

June 16

A Sensory Exploration Of Europe With Thalys

A sensory exploration of the cities that make up the Thalys train network and a sampling of the experiences they offer beyond the big ticket sights.

September 05

Brussels – Glimpses Of An Eclectic Cityscape

Brussels is hardly picture perfect. With much of its original medieval architecture destroyed in the 1695 bombardment by French troops, its postwar urban evolution has been hap hazard and eclectic. The result is an incredible mix of architectural styles ranging from Gothic to Art Nouveau to concrete contemporary, most segregated into dissonant compartments. It is the […]

Carillon of Brussels September 01

The Singing Bells Of Brussels

The carillon of Mont des Arts is a musical clock on the facade of a connecting walkway of the Palace of the Dynasty, a reception hall that was part of Brussels’ ambitious urban renewal project leading up to the 1958 World Expo. Juxtaposed, in striking contrast almost representative of the architectural melting pot that is Brussels, […]

Grote Markt, brussels by night July 26

In Photos – Highlights Of Beautiful Belgium

Belgium was never on my travel wish list. My visit last month, hastily put together for my sister’s benefit initially, and then rescheduled due to a family crisis, had me wondering why. Its appeal went far beyond the beer, chocolates, waffles and frite. Although they helped. A lot. The beer especially, not the waffles so […]

Dubrovnik cable car June 21

Dubrovnik – Stunningly Fanciful

Dubrovnik is Croatia’s star destination for a reason. And once you get over the feeling of having stepped into a fantasy set and learn to sidestep the cruise ship surge (even in early May!) there is a lot more to do than click selfies at key Game of Thrones locations.