BORDEAUX: A weekend of wine tasting

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wine tasting

Pablo and I decided to go wine tasting during a long weekend to France. Bordeaux is the world’s major wine industry capital. And it’s absolutely crazy! It has has about 116,160 hectares of vineyards, 57 appellations (try to learn what this is before going) and not less than 10,000 wine-producing châteaux. That is crazy. Isn’t it?

Bordeaux produces 960 million bottles per year approximately. A lot of is regular, table or everyday wine, but also some of the most expensive wines in the world are produced here in Bordeaux.

When planning the trip, we faced the difficult task of choosing amongst thousands of chateaux. Oh mon dieu! But after some research, we ended up deciding on three. They were all good in their own way.

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MUNICH BUCKET LIST

munich

munich english garden

If you’ve been to Berlin, Munich will surprise you! They are literally day and night. Munich is posh, clean and “golden”. I say “golden” because all buildings are kind of cream colored with golden details and to me that makes the city look fancy. I would say Berlin is very alternative while Munich is very traditional.

Munich is also in Bavaria and is the home of Oktoberfest, hence beer is a HUGE thing there. Munich in summer is one my favourite European experiences, so if you can chose to go in June or July, you are guaranteed to have a nice time. Now – let’s see what Munich has to offer. Here’s your bucket list!

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MILAN: A BRIEF TRAVEL GUIDE

milan travel guide

milan travel guide

Milan is elegance mixed with a pinch of the chaos and messiness that characterize Italy. It’s the second richest city in the European Union, the banking capital of Italy and one of the world’s fashion capitals. Don’t be surprised if you run into a photoshoot on the street in Milan! I found it to be quite unique when compared to other cities in Europe, and even very different from it’s national neighbor, Rome.

Milan may not be in the typical Italian itinerary, but even if just for a day, it should be. There indeed are less attractions than in Rome, Venice or Florence, but some very interesting. It’s majestic Duomo attracts millions of visitors every year, as does Da Vinci’s Last Supper, also in Milan. Learn what to do, see and where to stay in my Milan travel guide!

Milan’s best experiences

Duomo di Milano

This marvelous Gothic cathedral is undoubtedly the main attraction in Milan. And I bet you’ll agree! Its intrinsic design is one of a kind. It’s also the third largest cathedral in the world. Get your ticket to the Duomo, museum and more plus an audio guide here.

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AMSTERDAM BUCKET LIST

amsterdam

amsterdam bucket list

Amsterdam was, before I fell in love with London, my favourite city in this world! Then, I guess it’s my second favourite now. The Netherlands holds a very special place in my heart!

I’ve visited Amsterdam more times than I can remember when I was a student in Rotterdam, and many more after. It’s hard to explain what makes it so special. I guess it’s a mixture of the beautiful canals, the “town” vibe despite being a capital city, the friendly locals and the fact that you can do most of it on foot, or by bike. Find the best things to do in Amsterdam in this post.

AMSTERDAM BUCKET LIST

1. Experience Amsterdam’s bike traffic

Amsterdam is the most bicycle friendly capital city in the world. 60% of the trips in the capital are done by bike! Also, isn’t cycling great for sightseeing? Rent a bike for the day or your stay, there are tons of rentals available. I even rented a tandem bike once. However, do be careful, there are a bunch of tourist accidents. So many, that the tourist board released a funny video on how to cycle safely.

2. Eat patatjes/frites 

The famous “pommes frites” from Belgium are also very popular in the Netherlands and are traditionally served in a cone with mayo on top. The best in Amsterdam can be found in Vleminckx.

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