How Game of Thrones has changed the Travel Map

Surpassing The Sopranos to become the most-watched show on HBO in the US, the fantasy epic Game of Thrones has already made not only the actors stars, but also some of its more picturesque locations, from medieval castles and wild moorlands to sensational coastlines. Fans all over the world have followed their favorite character’s footsteps and have…

Lebanon and the Beautiful: Byblos-Mab’aj Grotto-Aanaya- Jounieh

You can’t get to know Lebanon without going through some Phoenician history. And you can’t go through that history without visiting Byblos, which is not only one of the oldest Phoenician establishments but also one the most beautiful cities in the world. At the very beginning there was Byblos. While Rome is known to be the Eternal…

5 of The Most Beautiful European Canal Cities

Is it just me, or do cities with canals have this striking charm that can leave any person in an infatuated state of mind. Although they are big cities like many others, the canals and bridges criss-crossing all around give them a specific trait which makes them ideal destinations for hopeless romantics like myself. Here are my favorite European…

My favorite pictures around the Globe!

Exactly a week ago, the world was celebrating Photo day. Where millions of pictures are uploaded every minute, World Photo Day inspired thousands of photographers across the planet to share a single photo with a simple purpose: to share their world with the world. In this new Social Era, it is fascinating how an app such as Instagram…

Why you shouldn’t go to Venice!

We have all watched the movies, read the books, seen the pictures, heard the stories. But once you go to Venice, you need to drop all those preconceived ideas, visuals and sounds and let them dissolve into the water surrounding this miraculous, timeless, exquisite city with it’s magical maze of canals, cobbled paths and bridges all wrapped around…

Lebanon and the Beautiful: Laklouk- Tannourine-Douma- Batroun

In the eternal clash between reality and expectation, often reality proved to be intolerable. Most of us have an idealized vision in our heads of how our lives are supposed to turn out. Unfortunately, our secret expectations aren’t always aligned with reality. Except when it comes to visiting Lebanon for the first time, the “reality check” for once is surreal.    According to Antoine…

The fifties and the furious: Rounding the Cape Horn

When Erwin and I decided to choose a honeymoon destination, we opted for an adventurous one something we would still be able to suavely do in our thirties and nothing says adventure more than South America. As I have mentioned previously on my End of the world  article, we decided to book the Horn Cruise with Royal Caribbean starting in Buenos Aires/Argentina…

Lebanon back on the travel map: the Rise of the Phoenix!

A few months ago, Erwin and I were trying to look up how to make the perfect travel plan for Arjan (my brother in law) for his future trip to the Emirates and to Lebanon. As you might know by now, I was born and raised in Lebanon and lived there until just two months ago….

The End of the World

When Erwin and I got married we vowed never to exit our union, to go to the end of the world to save our marriage when things get tough. Little did I know that we would go to the end of the world so soon into our marriage. Don’t get bad ideas here, our holy matrimony…

Paris is always a great idea

One of the greatest things about living in the Netherlands is how easy it is to travel from there to anywhere in the world! On one hand you’ve got Royal Dutch Airlines KLM which is one of the best in the world and has mapped up the entire globe with great partners, and then you have their…

May Tulip Fever

It is that time of the year! Tulips are blooming everywhere, especially at the Keukenhof park which opens it’s doors for tourists from March 24th till the 16th of May. If this park is on your bucket list, like it was for me, then I  highly recommend you to visit it. When you are there you get the impression…