The Ghost of Van Gogh: A Tour through Arles and Saint Remy

Reproduction of The Yellow House

I rested my hands against the windowsill of van Gogh’s bedroom in the Maison de Santé Saint-Paul, an asylum in Saint-Rémy, and peered out at the painter’s Provence: rolling wheat fields bordered by olive trees, a purple-tinged mountain silhouette sweeping the horizon, a golden sun illuminating it all. I was mesmerized by this view, all the more knowing that Vincent van Gogh stood in this very ... Read Full Article

Cycling through Charlottenburg : The Leafy Side of Berlin

The Schloss-001

You’ve probably heard the common line about Berlin: a poor but sexy concrete Neverland, simmering with smoky bars and clubs that rage to the break of the next week’s dawn. While the racy capital’s hedonistic reputation definitely checks out, there’s a lot more to it than that. On a gloriously sunny, summer day we took a cycle ride from our HQ in the southern (and much more raucous) district of ... Read Full Article

Uzes: a Treasure in France’s Languedoc Roussillon

Small cafe in Uzes

If you’ve never been to the Languedoc Roussillon region of France, you are missing a whole lot, including an opportunity to visit the beautiful town of Uzes. As a matter of fact, I recommend that you spend an entire week in Uzes and use it as a hub from which to explore the region. Why Visit Uzes? This beautiful town, set above the wild lands of Languedoc, is a place to discover “France ... Read Full Article

A Walking Tour of Leuven, Belgium

Old Market Square in Leuven

Leuven, a lesser known city in Belgium, is located a short train or car ride to the northeast of Brussels. However, it’s not that Leuven attracts fewer visitors than other Belgian cities such as Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent because it doesn’t have anything to offer— it is rather the contrary! The city of Leuven is a vibrant centuries-old university city. Leuven is home to the Catholic University ... Read Full Article

The Best Third Wave Coffee Shops in Berlin

Bonanza coffeehouse

Whether you’re an embracer of change or a stickler for the straight and true, third wave coffee culture has all but taken over much of the western world in recent years. While the old guard in Europe has been slow to accept the modern approach – ever-faithful to Mediterranean habits over single origin roasts and bio milk – young, creative populations in capitals like Berlin are sprouting some ... Read Full Article

Paris: Beyond the Tourist Haunts

Fondation Louis Vuitton

This year, we decided to take a river cruise on the Seine into Normandy, spending four leisurely days beforehand in Paris. After all, I'd never pass up the opportunity to spend time in Paris. We travel to Paris regularly, so we are always looking for new and interesting things to do, beyond the regular tourist haunts. Here's a rundown of what we did this summer. Three of us arrived on a ... Read Full Article

10 Exciting and Innovative Berlin Restaurants

Bandol Sur Mer entrance

Unlike France and the relatively proximate nations of the Mediterranean, Germany is not traditionally known for its cutting edge cuisine. Meat in tube form, pork knuckle and vast quantities of bier remain some of the more enduring gastronomic icons that the Deutsch have spared upon the world (not necessarily a bad thing either). However, in 2015, all that is changing – particularly exciting things ... Read Full Article

Exploring Castles in Bacharach, Germany and Along the Rhine

the Sooneck Castle was once a neo-Gothic hunting lodge

It happened to be a rainy day when I drove with my friends from Mainz, Germany to explore some castles along the Rhine River; but a little rain wasn't going to stop us from having lots of fun. The views of vineyards growing up the steep river banks and boats plying their way along the scenic shoreline seemed even more beautiful now that it was shrouded in a misty aura. Sooneck Castle Our ... Read Full Article

UNESCO Sites: Top Things to See in Belgium

Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp

Belgium is home to eleven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but if you take into consideration all individual sites, there are no less than 60. That can be explained as follows: Two of Belgium’s official UNESCO World Heritage Sites are actually made up of several separate sites—there are 17 Flemish béguinages, which are regarded as just one world heritage site, while 33 belfries dot the country, which ... Read Full Article

St. Germain en Laye: Paris’s Royal Suburb

The Castle of Saint Germain en Laye

Saint Germain en Laye is an elegant, royal town located just a short drive (or RER line #1 trip) from Paris; a perfect spot for a day trip from Paris or for a quick overnight visit. Founded in 1020, Saint Germain en Laye is the birthplace of Louis XIV. The city features a vital, historic town center with 26 protected, expansive acres including many early 19th century arcaded houses. It is a lively ... Read Full Article