Christmas Traditions in Europe

House with snowflakes projected on it

December is one of the best and most magical months to travel to Europe. Cities are glowing with beautiful decoration, many Christmas markets are organised, and everything looks so festive. Having such a rich culture, there are so many different Christmas traditions in Europe, as well. I did a bit of research and presented some of them here. Christmas Traditions in Europe Different Christmas traditions in Europe were always interesting to me. I’m often asking people to describe me some unique customs typical for their countries. Christmas is usually celebrated with family and in the privacy of people’s homes. So,…

Rachelle Meyer’s Faces on the Amsterdam Ferry

One of Rachelle's illustrations with people on a real ferry in a background

Before the new Amsterdam South-North metro line was opened in mid-2018, a ferry was the only way for cyclists and pedestrians to travel to and from Amsterdam Noord neighbourhood. One of those daily commuters was an artist Rachelle Meyer. During a short 15-minutes ride she made numerous sketches of her fellow Amsterdammers. Drawings from her sketchbook became large prints and a lovely ode to Amsterdam life. Amsterdam Noord Amsterdam Noord (North) was an industrial area of the city during the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Many old factory buildings and the vast areas, that are so unusual for…

Weekend in Ypres (with child friendly tips)

View on Ypres main square

Belgium is definitely one of my favourite countries in the world. You can open up a map of it, pick up any town, and there is a big chance it’s going to be gorgeous, have some fascinating history and, of course, it’s own beer production. That’s why weekend trips to Belgium became a regular thing for my family and me. A few days ago, we’ve spent a weekend in Ypres and were absolutely amazed by its charm, beautiful architecture, and intriguing past. Weekend in Ypres I went to Ypres with my husband and 5-year-old son, and we have visited it…

Your Guide Through Amsterdam Art Weekend

Art piece at Rijksakademie during the Amsterdam Art Weekend

Although being famous for its Golden Ages, Rembrandt‘s and Vermeer’s paintings at the Rijksmuseum, and the biggest collection of Van Gogh’s works, Amsterdam has a vibrant contemporary art scene, as well. And the best time to explore it is during the annual Amsterdam Art Weekend. Amsterdam Art Weekend Although I studied Art History, I’m always a bit intimidated around contemporary art and feel much more confident being surrounded by some classical paintings. However, I actually do quite enjoy it when I know the story behind the piece. That’s why, I thought exploring some of Amsterdam’s contemporary art during the Amsterdam…

Afternoon Tea Tradition: Everything you should know about it

Cakes at the afternoon tea in London

There aren’t many things being more British than the tradition of the afternoon tea. Being curious why ‘at half past three, everything stops for tea’, I did a bit of research to find out more about that lovely British tradition. And, of course, had an afternoon tea myself last month in London, to see what the fuss is all about. Afternoon Tea Tradition Afternoon tea is a light meal served between 3:30 and 5 PM. It consists of tea, small sandwiches, cakes, pastries, scones, bread and jam. Although being an integral part of the British culture, an afternoon tea tradition…

Christmas Markets in the Netherlands – With 2019 Agenda

Ice skating in Museumplein in Amsterdam

With many festive events, Christmas trees all around and that cosy feeling, December is my favourite month of a year. And a big reason for it is Christmas markets. Since I love visiting them, I did a bit of research and looked for the Christmas markets organised in the Netherlands. I’ve first compiled this list four years ago, and have updated it each year since. So if you would like to visit some of them, here is your complete guide through the Dutch Christmas markets. Christmas Markets in the Netherlands – 2019 Agenda Christmas Markets in Amsterdam Christmas Markets in…