The perfect destinations for a wonderful weekend escape

Chicago skyline

Are you in need of a break from the daily routine? Here are our suggestions for a memorable weekend getaway.

Chicago

If you’re a foodie Chicago is one of the best city trips you can take. It is home to many of the top 100 restaurants in the United States and you can learn a lot about the food culture with one of the Food Tours available. There are also more than 40 local breweries that you can experience in a unique way.

For architecture enthusiasts a walk along the Riverwalk is the best way to enjoy breathtaking views of some of Chicago’s most striking buildings. If you like the outdoors stay in this area or head to North Avenue Beach for waterfront cafes and restaurants and many active sports like biking, kayaking or rowing. There are also more than 500 parks and gardens to explore.

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World Expo Milan: For the Food Conscious

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Normally when heading over to Italy, my mouth pre-salivates at the mere thought of crispy wood-oven baked margarita pizza, types of pasta I’ve never heard of covered in some regional sauce, all washed down with crisp and chilled white Sicilian wine with a finish of grappa to happily coat my stomach with 42% of grape skin alcohol digestive. Just typing this, I had to wipe the freshly dripped saliva off my keyboard…

But this trip to Italy would be different… Why, you ask?
Because the World Expo 2015 in Milan was food themed…

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The best European cities for lovebirds

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In the mood for love? Your love story deserves a picture perfect setting and we help you choose it with this list of the most romantic cities in Europe for an unforgettable trip!

Amsterdam

The Dutch capital exudes fairy tale romance like no other. There’s no better scenario than slowly flowing canals, charming old buildings and fresh flowers to create a moment out of a poem.

Take a stroll as the sun goes down to see how the canals take an orange glow and after that enjoy one of the many dinner cruises available in Amsterdam. The city becomes calm, the lights go on and the illuminated buildings and bridges turn Amsterdam into a magical place. Can you imagine anything more romantic than this?

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Kite Surfing in Zanzibar

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White beaches, turquoise waters, palm trees and sunshine, Zanzibar has it all. Last winter I spent a week kite surfing in Zanzibar, on a trip that was organized by Girlzactive. If you’re looking to flee the winter cold, this is the perfect place to go!

I traveled together with two friends and a bunch of other girls. We had a direct flight from Brussels to Zanzibar, very convenient. Once we got there, we got welcomed into a tiny and chaotic airport. Welcome to Africa! There are no baggage belts, we just all had to stand around a counter and wait for our bags to appear. It got quite warm and crowded in there, but we kept our cool, we were on vacation!  Once we had all our kite gear off the plane, our host Maroean met us and we hopped on our shuttle bus to our accommodation in a town called Paje. It was my first time in Sub-Saharan Africa, and it immediately felt as I had imagined from pictures and videos.

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Eating in Portugal: The ultimate Food Journey

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With its grilled fish, fresh seafood, hearty stews and delicious pastries there’s a good chance that the Portuguese gastronomy will become your favorite cuisine!

The Portuguese know how to transform their local products to create simple dishes with a strong personality. Their recipes have few ingredients and a rustic home cooking feel, a great example of comfort food.

With the help of our Portuguese colleagues we put together a selection of some of the most mouth-watering Portuguese dishes. Are you ready to open up your appetite?

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5 Unusual and Cool Things to do in Barcelona

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Almost 8 million visitors go to Barcelona every year, and none of them are short of things to see and do.  But what if you want to avoid the crowds and explore this beautiful city in a different way? Dig into our list of offbeat activities to do and find a memorable experience to enjoy during your visit to Barcelona!

Barcelona Architecture Walks

Barcelona’s architecture is world-known, and it is such an important part of the city that it has deep connections with politics, culture, economics, history and society.

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What’s going on in Barcelona this summer?

Barceloneta beach in Barcelona

The best time of the year to visit Barcelona is the summer. There are many exciting events going on and we have compiled a list of the ones you shouldn’t miss in 2015!

MotoGP 2015: Catalunya Motorcycle Grand Prix Montmeló racetrack

If you’re a motorcycling enthusiast you have the chance to join one of the most popular races on the international MotoGP World Championship: The Montmeló racetrack, located 30 minutes outside the city of Barcelona. The Grand Prix of Catalunya will take place the 12th, 13th and 14th of June 2015.

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Things to do in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport

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Even if you have one or ten hours to spend in the Airport before your next departure, I am here to tell you what is Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport  all about. From practical information to clothing and souvenir stores to spas, hotels and entertaining activities, here’s a list of what you can do here!

First thing’s first, if you are not a pro when it comes to Airports, don’t worry; there are few information centers where you can ask the employees your questions. Everybody speaks English, too.

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Discovering Ghent: one of Europe’s best kept secrets

Canal view in Ghent

Ghent is a beautiful town located in the heart of Belgium. It is one of the largest student cities in Belgium and just 30 minutes drive from Antwerp. The historical city center is filled with good quality bars, restaurants, and shops. You can stroll around in the old streets, enjoy a bag of Vlaamse frieten or Neuzekes (local specialty) and of course one of the many good beers with a view on the canal.

So what to do in Ghent?

Have dinner at The House of Elliot

One of the best restaurants in Ghent is The House of Elliot. Surrounded by all kind of things from the roaring 20’s (dolls, old photos, feathers, etc.), you can enjoy the best lobster dishes as well as other delicious food. But honestly, lobster is what you should be ordering here. They serve it fresh and in many different styles, so you’ll surely find one right for you. The whole decoration is an experience by itself, even the toilet will amaze you; full of old Chanel photos, newspaper articles, necklaces, a piece of clothing in a frame. Everything is collected.

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Konnichiwa Japan!

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Japan
Land of the rising sun…
Home of Hello Kitty….
Sushi galore…..

I always wonder what people think of Japan before going there and unfortunately my view has already been skewed since I studied at Shizuoka University near Mt. Fuji during my pre-20’s years. I think my first images were of crazy dressed people watching anime all day long while slurping on cup ramen. Whatever image you might have a Japan, I promise, will be abruptly changed when you actually visit or live there for the first time! This blog entry is an account of my latest trip to Japan with three others, who were Japan virgins, while I take them on a 10 day journey through 8 places (American style vacation) from the West coast to Tokyo. HAI!!!

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