Thursday, 30 October 2014

A Walk Through Plateau Mont Royal


A Walk Through Plateau Mont Royal

Plateau Mont-Royal is an area in the city of Montreal. The Plateau as it is known among Montrealers, was a working-class neighbourhood back in the early 1900s. It is well-known for its brightly coloured houses with spiralling exterior staircases. There are loads of laid-back caf├ęs, cute little book shops, and trendy eateries. It is supposedly one of the coolest neighbourhoods in North America, which was all the more reason for me to go and have a little walkabout.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

London Eats World: Albania



I’m trying to eat my way around the world without leaving London and this week I went to have Albanian food in Maida Vale at Alba Grill. Alba is London’s one and only restaurant that sells Albanian fare.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Bloc Hotel at Gatwick Review


Bloc Hotel at Gatwick Review

I don’t like getting up early, so when I had to catch a 6 am flight last week I decided to check into the Bloc Hotel at Gatwick Airport. Nothing special to write a blog post about an airport hotel, but this one deserves a mention.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

An Afternoon in Athens


I'm in Athens for TBEX 2014 and since there were no sessions scheduled for today, I decided to wander around Greece's capital without any type of guidebook or Lonely Planet. Just me and my spontaneity. And my Google maps app.

An Afternoon in Athens

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

London Eats World: Serbia

London Eats World: Serbia

In my attempt to eat around the world without leaving London, I've ended up in the Balkan. I have to say that it was incredibly hard to find a place that serves food from the countries that once made up Yugoslavia. Other than Taste Croatia at Borough market which sells fab fig based oils and vinegars, all I could find was this random Serbian pub in Battersea called Paya and Horse.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

St Nicolas in Holland


St Nicolas in Holland
Photo by Wester under Creative Common Licence
The Christmas season starts early in the Netherlands. Around mid-November a white haired dude called St Nicolas and his reliable helpers, who are all called Black Peter, travel to Holland by steamboat.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Mudejar Route in Andalusia


The Mudejar Route in Andalusia

The Mudejar Route is 75 kilometres long and located in the hinterland of Andalusia. It takes in the small, white-washed towns of Arenas, Archez, Salares, Sedella and Canillas de Aceituno. They all have Mudejar remains that are still in a relatively good state. A few weeks ago my parents and I drove along part of the route and visited Archez, Salares and Sedellas.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

London Eats World: Bulgaria


I'm trying to eat my way around the world without leaving London and this week I found Bulgarian food at a coffee shop/mini market in West Hampstead.

London Eats World: Bulgaria

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Tann Rokka Coffee Shop


Tann Rokka Coffee Shop

I do love my independent coffeeshops, and do get extremely excited when I discover new ones. Last week after having lunch in Primrose Hill and browsing the shops on Regent's Park Road, my friend and I treated ourselves to a cuppa fresh mint tea at Tann Roka. This tiny coffee shop belongs to an antique shop across the road that bears the same unusual name. (It apparently is Romany for ''House Talk'') Not to mention sells unusual objets d'art and stylish retro furniture.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Five Destinations I'd Like to Visit Again


As part of the ‘Top Destinations to go there‘ campaign,Booked.net - Top Destinations to Go There I've been asked to blog about five destinations I would like to visit again.

Now I don't easily go back to a place I travel to, unless I really really like it. So here goes:


  • New York
I love the US as a travel destination and New York City in particular. It's is so versatile and really a city that never sleeps. I have to add that as an Ex- New Yorker, going to New York is a little bit like coming home. I'm going back this December and I can't wait to see what's new since the last time I was there. 

Five Destinations I'd Like to Visit Again

                       This photo of Manhattan Skyline is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Monday, 6 October 2014

London Eats World: Romania


My culinary world tour through London brought me to Leytonestone last week, where I indulged in some Romanian fare.

It took my friend and me about the same time to get there as it would to fly to Bucharest, but I'd say it was worth the experience. As it happens Leytonestone is home to two Romanian restaurants, but we opted for the one called Amurg. I forgot to ask what it meant, but Google Translate tells me it means 'twilight'. That might explain the tinted windows which at first glance made us think the place was closed. However, when we saw two guys sitting at a table near the window, we realised that it was actually open for business.

London Eats World: Romania

Thursday, 2 October 2014

The Chicken Shop


Last week my friend invited me to come to The Chicken Shop in Kentish Town. When I heard the name, I was expecting something slightly more upscale than Missouri Fried Chicken on the highstreet, but The Chicken Shop is nothing like that. If anything it's more like the hipper and much trendier younger brother of Nando's.

The Chicken Shop