The article of Lonely Planet – 10 essential stops for Europe first-timers (See link at bottom of the blog) made me think what would be my picks if I had to help a friend decide what are must-see places when travelling through Europe. I concur with all of Lonely Planets’ but I have a couple less unfamiliar ones of my own that I have a soft spot for and want to add to the list. Mostly probably because of the personal memories I treasure.
I was blessed to have been travelling since I was really young. I have fond memories of all the places we visited and it is difficult but if I have to pick only 10 it would be the following and the reason why:
1. Florence, Italy
This place is probably one of my absolute favourites. I have visited it 3 times already and would always go back if I were given the chance. I believe it’s because of the beautiful architecture and bridges, stunning history and the lovely life-footprints of Michelangelo, a big inspiration of mine, that keeps on beckoning me back. Continue reading
All my memories of travelling to Belgium are pleasant. When I think of Belgium I think of it with a fondness as for a younger sibling. We get along well. The reason also might be because we share a language that is very similar to my home tongue.
Or maybe it is because I have an absolute addiction to their mouth watering chocolates! As I walked the streets during my travels I would literally buy a packet of chocolates, finish it while walking and then at the next chocolate store buy another packet. Repeating this ritual till I felt like a chocolate myself!
Thanks to this uncontrollable lust for Belgium chocolates I stumbled upon these following interesting facts about Belgium:
– Belgium produces 220,000 tonnes of chocolates every year! Luckily Belgians don’t eat all of that chocolate themselves. The Brussels’ International Airport is the World’s biggest chocolate selling point…which means the rest of the world eats that chocolate! Continue reading
The saying goes: “It is hard to humble if you know you’re the best.” Through all my travels to and working in the USA I felt this saying to be true of the country and its people. Not in a bad “we are better than you way”. More in a “we know we are going to be alright, no matter what happens to us way”. Something I have always admired about them. You get the feeling they are incredibly proud of their country and they stick together, no matter what.
I have always loved visiting the Land of the Free but there is a lot I don’t know about it. Here are some random interesting facts on the USA that might surprise you.
– The world’s tallest battle monument is found in Houston, Texas
– Hawaii is the only state that commercially grows coffee.
– The center of North America is in the town of Rugby, North Dakota. Continue reading
This enchanting little town stole my heart the moment I entered it. The variety of restaurants and coffee shops astounded me. However my top three food find stood out from the rest.
The very end of the old jetty was transformed into a great restaurant, called Jetty 1905
From all my food experiences I had in Namibia this one was probably my favourite. Located on the very end of the old jetty, which is a famous “model” in photographs of this town. That was also how we stumbled onto this restaurant. Unfortunately it was fully booked the day we first saw it(make sure you book well in advance!)but we came back…twice! This is also where this restaurant gets its name from. The old jetty was renovated and then named after the date it was build. It is hard to say exactly why it is so great. There is a variety of elements that probably influenced me. The strange location, the minimalistic but modern interior in sharp contrast to its “old” exterior, the fantastic seafood and sushi on offer, friendly service or the absolutely divine chocolate volcano cake(that was one of the reasons we came back the second time) They’ve added glass windows in the floor to make it possible for you to see the waves underneath the jetty as you dine. Continue reading
Winner of the Best Restaurant in South Africa 2012 Award
In the suburb of Woodstok, Cape Town, South Africa there is a restaurant called The Test Kitchen.
We had the lovely opportunity to have had lunch as well as dinner at this trendy industrial-chick restaurant. Every time the mind-blowing combinations of the world-class chef, Luke Dale-Roberts, have delighted our taste buds in every way! Having had worked as executive chef at La Colombe and then starting his own restaurant in 2010 he has developed his own special style in cooking and is charming everyone with it.
Therefore it is no surprise that this restaurant won the Best Restaurant in South Africa 2012 award.
Book well in advance since this place is fully booked for sometimes weeks in advance. Continue reading