Czeching Out Spa Beerland in Prague

beer spa tubs at Spa Beerland

During the research phase for our trip to the Czech Republic, I read about the spa experiences they offer. Specifically, beer spas. There were several, in fact, all across the country. This unique (though gimmicky) concept immediately piqued my interest. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the Oz and James TV series. But it’s a … Read more Czeching Out Spa Beerland in Prague

Rembrandt House (Rembrandthuis) in Amsterdam

Rembrandt House exterior Netherlands

Although we’ve been to Amsterdam a few times now, we had never been to Rembrandt’s House. In fact, I admit that we didn’t know much about him or his work. But last year Mark bought us tickets to a documentary called “Rembrandt: The Late Works” as part of our vacation planning to return to Amsterdam. … Read more Rembrandt House (Rembrandthuis) in Amsterdam

A Visit to Keukenhof Garden, Holland

Keukenhof Garden flowers

Did you know that tulips actually originated from the Himalayas, and were brought over to the Netherlands from Turkey in the mid-1500s? Today Holland is one of the biggest producers of flowers and plants sold commercially. So when we visited Amsterdam, we made a side trip to visit Keukenhof Garden, famous for its grand and … Read more A Visit to Keukenhof Garden, Holland

Canoeing on the Orange River in South Africa

Canoes on the Orange River South Africa

While we were in South Africa, our tour through Drifters included a two-day canoe trip on the Orange River. We used a company called Felix Unite River Adventures, which included staying at their campground overnight in preparation. Our tour of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe had a whopping 8 people on it. We spent … Read more Canoeing on the Orange River in South Africa

Modern Art in Aarhus – the ARoS Art Museum

ARoS Art museum Denmark

While in Denmark, we spent three days in Aarhus (pronounced Oar-hoos). Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark, with a population of about 315,000. While there, we wanted to explore ARoS, the Aarhus Art Museum (Kunstmuseum in Danish). Since Denmark is crazy expensive, we booked an apartment through AirBnB, which was the more reasonably … Read more Modern Art in Aarhus – the ARoS Art Museum

Searching for the Sacred at the Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia spires Spain

In all our years of travel, especially through Europe, we’ve seen a lot of churches, cathedrals, and basilicas. Like, a lot. And more than once, we’ve found ourselves quickly “churched out” after seeing a lot of the same architecture, spires and stained glass over and over again. I mean, churches all pretty much look the same … Read more Searching for the Sacred at the Sagrada Familia

The Cologne Wars – Who Comes Out Smelling Like a Rose?

farina cologne sample bottle germany

I love perfume. like, looooove it. I probably have over 50 bottles, spritzers, misters, and vials, in every imaginable manifestation: oils, sprays, dabbers, aerosols, testers, creams, lotions, and even in solid form. When I die, they won’t have to embalm me; they can just pickle me in all my fragrances, because I’ll never use them … Read more The Cologne Wars – Who Comes Out Smelling Like a Rose?

Dropshot Review (Netherlands)

Dropshot liqueur bottle

A few years ago, my husband and I travelled to Belgium and the Netherlands. One of the friends we made on our South Africa trip lived in Maastricht. She graciously offered to let us stay with them while we were in Maastricht so we could catch up and visit. When we arrived at their house, she … Read more Dropshot Review (Netherlands)

Rusks for Breakfast – The South African Way to Start the Morning

Ouma Rusks

A few years ago, when my husband and I were travelling through South Africa, our tour guide/driver/cook/counsellor/drinking buddy had the truck kitchen stocked with a variety of local foods. For breakfast, we had the choice of cereal, bread, and boxes of something called rusks. The rusks were rock hard, beige nuggets of bready-ness that we … Read more Rusks for Breakfast – The South African Way to Start the Morning