Europe
Fairies on Isle of Man

Fairies on Isle of Man

Isle of Man, what is it all about, so intriguing and I found its beauty beyond compare. The island is a combination of Irish, Scottish and British with their own language and political system, yet under the extended arm of Great Britain. There are stone remnants of the Viking invasion standing strong in many areas...
Kinsale, Ireland full of charm and sweetness

Kinsale, Ireland full of charm and sweetness

The rain was coming down in sheets in County Cork,Ireland but it didn’t stop the devoted golfers from getting drenched on the emerald green courses. I, on the other hand, journeyed to Ireland’s gourmet capitol, Kinsale. First stop was Kinsale Chocolate Boutique, to buy a macaroon and watch people on the street who are used...
Finding traditional England

Finding traditional England

Joe and Joan of Essex are an interesting couple who could tell endless stories about people they have encountered in their careers but stay mum on names. Joe has been a London taxi driver for 28 years and proudly displays his license. He had to complete 3 years of training and learn over 25,000 street names,...

A Netherlands/Belgium River Cruise

Vibrant tulips, buttery coffee cakes and local wines were just the beginning as I was welcomed on board my river cruise. seven days ahead and I was ready to partake of as much as possible, and why not? It was vacation and more highlights were about to unfold. Usually boarding a ship begins in the...
Remembering the suffering during WWll

Remembering the suffering during WWll

The Battle of Arnhem, and A Bridge Too Far. Airborne museum is in the British Airborne Headquarters, Oosterbeck, Netherlands and has a lot of memorabilia and interactive enactments what it was like during the battle. The British cemetery has twins who died on the same day at age 21. Each year on Sept 17, the...
Flowers and river cruising, a blooming good time

Flowers and river cruising, a blooming good time

Vibrant colored flowers are still blooming in the Netherlands and the best is yet to be seen. Many people associate Holland with springtime tulips and with the late cloudy winter, the abundance of these beauties is just around the corner. There are countless flowering beds in the country of the Netherlands and Keukenhof Gardens is the “Disneyland” for flower...
Ghent, a beautiful city with Van Hecke's chocolates

Ghent, a beautiful city with Van Hecke’s chocolates

One step inside Van Hecke’s in charming Ghent, Belgium, with the aromas of butter and chocolate floating through the air and I swooned. Florent Van Hecke is 3rd generation chocolatier and baker at the family’s shop with a personality as sweet as his store. His son Stephen has learned the trade and was busy making...
Chocolates, waffles and beer-it's Belgium

Chocolates, waffles and beer-it’s Belgium

Antwerp, Belgium-chocolate, waffles and beer. The country does them all well! Health Elixir D’Anvers made with 32 plants and herbs in 37% liqueur used to have a strange taste so it was infused into some chocolates to get all the healthy benefits. Since the Elixir cures horse colic, I figured it could help my cold...
Apples and cheese in Holland

Apples and cheese in Holland

While walking through the outdoor Albert Cuyp Market looking for bargains, I just had to stop into this rustic café when I read the sign for apple cake and give this Dutch tradition a try. Will and her brother Raoul Etienne have had the café in the family for 85 years and keep the same...
Rice tables in Amsterdam, still very good after all these years

Rice tables in Amsterdam, still very good after all these years

I introduced Chris to his first Indonesian rice table at Kantjil & de Tijger restaurant with a super selection of veggies in coconut stock, roasted pork, shrimp steamed in banana leaf, fish skewers, shrimp salad in peanut sauce, eggs topped with spicy coconut sauce and fried sweet potatoes with Javanese palm sugar syrup. Dessert was...
Best fries ever

Best fries ever

‪ Don’t dare call these French Fries because they are “frites” and simply the best fries in the Netherlands and Belgium. Of course, served with rich and creamy mayonnaise but there are other toppings as well, even ketchup. It must be the way they are cooked with twice frying at precise temps to make them fluffy...
Plenty of sweets in Amsterdam

Plenty of sweets in Amsterdam

Famous Dutch Stroopwafel cookies, made in waffle irons with natural ingredients then precisely split in half and smeared with traditional caramel syrup. Jamila balances these hot sweet treats at the Amsterdam Stroopwafel Museum and people like me buy lots for them now and later with tea.#Stroopwafel Heaven And I couldn’t be in Holland without eating...