Haarlem Travel Guide – Things to do in Haarlem

Saint Bavo church in Haarlem

If you’re looking for a lovely Dutch town to visit on a day trip from Amsterdam, go to Haarlem. Located only twenty minutes from the Dutch capital, it’s a charming town, filled with history, beautiful architecture and some quite nice restaurants. Since I live there for the last three years, you can almost consider this being a local’s Haarlem Travel Guide. Here’s a bit about its history, best museums, cafes and things to do in Haarlem. Haarlem Travel Guide How to get to Haarlem from Amsterdam Haarlem is located only twenty minutes by train from Amsterdam. Trains are departing every…

Valentine’s Day in Amsterdam – Visiting romantic restaurant and some other ideas

De Waag and the canal in Amsterdam

With its old city charm, illuminated bridges and dreamy canals, Amsterdam is such a romantic city. I’ve spent a wonderful romantic evening in Amsterdam with my husband a few days ago. We went on a canal cruise, had dinner at the most romantic restaurant in Amsterdam, In de Waag, and took a walk around de Wallen neighbourhood. I have also included some other romantic things you can do during your Valentine’s Day in Amsterdam, at the end of this post. My perfect Valentine’s Day in Amsterdam Walk around de Wallen neighbourhood My favourite neighbourhood in Amsterdam is de Wallen, so we’ve…

First time in Paris: Beginners art & culture guide to Paris

Tea watching at river Seine in Paris

I could visit Paris a few times per year and would never get enough of it. I’m so fortunate to live only 3 hours by train from Paris, so I’m there quite often. And after visiting it on a school trip, with friends, as a couple and on a solo trip, I’ve became sort of a ‘first time in Paris recommendations’ expert among my friends. After being asked for Paris recommendations so often, I’ve decided to create this beginners art & culture guide to Paris. Here you’re going to find a list of sights you should visit, best museums, French…

What to do in Mechelen (weekend travel guide with some child friendly tips)

Grote Markt, Mechelen, Belgium

One of my favourite weekend destinations is Belgium and I’m visiting towns in Flanders quite often. Flemish art, cozy feeling many of those places have and Belgian chocolates or fruit beers are just some of the things I like there the most. I’ve recently discovered a new Flemish gem – a town of Mechelen. I’ve spent a weekend there with my family and have decided to create this weekend travel guide with things to do in Mechelen (with some child friendly tips). Useful tips before your visit to Mechelen Although I’ve spent a weekend in Mechelen, you can definitely add…

Looking for a great Christmas market in Belgium? Visit Mechelen!

Center of Mechelen

Belgium is famous for its picturesque towns, Medieval painters, delicious chocolate and great beers. But, also for its Christmas markets. Bruges, Ghent or Brussels are well known as a lovely Christmas destinations. However, I’ve recently found another Flemish gem! A beautiful town of Mechelen. I’ve spent the last weekend there and have really enjoyed in winter and Christmas activities there. So, if you’re looking for a great Christmas market in Belgium, visit Mechelen! Christmas in Mechelen Mechelen is a lovely town located right between Antwerp and Brussels and easily reachable from both of these cities. Located only two and a…