A Wine Lover’s Guide to Trier, Germany

Riesling at Weinstube Kesselstatt, Trier Germany

If you’re a wine lover, visiting Germany is a must, especially if you’re a fan of rieslings. I’m still on the hunt for a proper riesling here in Canada that compares even remotely to the spectacular, floral nectars we enjoyed in Germany. There are plenty of ways to bring out the wine lover in you … Read more A Wine Lover’s Guide to Trier, Germany

Our Top 5 Favourite Places to Drink in Amsterdam

snacks at Het Hok

My husband and I have lost count of how many times we’ve been to Amsterdam. Since it’s a major hub connecting Canada and Europe, we often fly through Amsterdam to get to our final destination. KLM offers free stopovers in Amsterdam, so we’ve often taken advantage of this: sometimes it’s only for an overnighter; other … Read more Our Top 5 Favourite Places to Drink in Amsterdam

Trying Schneebällen for the First Time in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

schneeballen display, Rothenburg Germany

On our excursion to Germany, we spent two leisurely days in a picturesque little town called Rothenburg ob der Tauber. While strolling up and down the narrow streets, we noticed a particular pastry peering back at us from behind the glass at several bakeries: schneebällen, or snowballs. The recipe for schneebällen has been around for … Read more Trying Schneebällen for the First Time in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Top 10 Highlights of Malaga, Spain

Malaga skyline

Malaga, Spain is one of those cities that initially seems rather nondescript, even forgettable. But the second you start to explore its nooks and crannies, you find a very surprising, even unusual Spanish city. Here are just a few highlights as to why Malaga deserves more than a passing glance: 1. Alcazaba Alcazaba is palace fortress … Read more Top 10 Highlights of Malaga, Spain

Finding the Green Fairy at La Fee Verte, Paris (Absinthe)

absinthe with water added

My first exposure to absinthe was watching it being prepared in a scene from the 1992 version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I don’t even recall whether they referred to the liqueur by name. But I do remember being fascinated by the almost-ceremonial process of preparing the drink prior to consumption. It was many years before I actually … Read more Finding the Green Fairy at La Fee Verte, Paris (Absinthe)

Fjallagrasa Icelandic Schnapps Review (Iceland)

Fjallagrasa Icelandic Schnapps bottle

Have you ever tried Icelandic Schnapps before? How about Icelandic Schnapps flavoured with moss? No? Then let me introduce you to Fjallagrasa Icelandic Schnapps – the liqueur flavoured with Cetaria Islandica, a type of lichen that grows in Iceland. This was one of the most interesting bottles of liqueur my husband and I purchased in … Read more Fjallagrasa Icelandic Schnapps Review (Iceland)

Itinerary for 3 Days in Barcelona, Spain

La Boqueria market Barcelona

When Mark and I added Barcelona to our France and England trip itinerary, it was only meant to be a way to mark Spain off our country list. We didn’t expect it to be as incredible as it was. Instantly, we realized that using Barcelona as a “map-pin stopover” was doing it a disservice. This … Read more Itinerary for 3 Days in Barcelona, Spain

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