Liège, Belgium

Main things to do and see if you visit Liège, Belgium

Historical side of Liège, Belgium

Historical side of Liège, Belgium

Liège is the third largest city in Belgium after Brussels and Antwerp. This charming place is also the largest city in the French-Speaking region of Wallonia. In just one hour from Brussels by train you will reach the medieval and historical treasure of Liège. Not everyone knows but Liège is one of Belgium’s most important industrial centers. The city was one of the first places in Europe to start mining coal and has a long tradition in manufacturing. Due to the industrial heritage I didn’t expect to discover such beautiful architecture and variety of interesting museums and churches.
Delicious patisserie in Belgium

Delicious patisserie in Belgium

Where to stay in Liège, Belgium?

We stayed at Appart-Hotel Léopold Liège Centre in the historic heart of Liège surrounded by lovely bars. It’s next to the Liège’s old City Hall which you can admire from your window at night when it’s gloriously lit up by red spotlights. Our room was tidy, with clean bedding, towels and a comfortable double-bed. It also contains a kitchen with basic kitchen utensils, nice bathroom with a great shower, towels, soaps and shampoo. There is free Wi-Fi and a flat screen TV but unfortunately with mainly French channels. Although we could still enjoy the nature documentary on BBC.

Marvel at the Liege-Guillemins Station

Liege-Guillemins Station, Belgium

Liege-Guillemins Station, Belgium

 

First thing to admire when you arrive in Liège, Belgium is it’s futuristic and iconic central station. The breath-taking building was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and is made of steel. The modern building completed in 2009 might remind you of a sci-fi movie and it’s an ideal spot for photography.

Learn About Art at the beautiful Grand Curtius

Grand Curtius Liège, Belgium

Grand Curtius Liège, Belgium

The Grand Curtius Museum is an archeology and art museum from the 17th century. The impressive red building belonged to a wealthy entrepreneur from the city and it was his personal idea to bring together four different museum collections in order to form the large collection.

Climb 374 steps of the Montagne de Bueren

374 steps of the Montagne de Bueren, Liège, Belgium

374 steps of the Montagne de Bueren, Liège, Belgium

 

 

With a steep 30 degree slope and a good amount of 374 steps Montagne de Bueren has been nominated as the most extreme stairway in the world. Climb the stairs, take amazing pictures and enjoy the panoramic view of the city.

Visit the Collegiate Church of St. Bartholomew

Collegiate Church of St. Bartholomew Liège, Belgium

Collegiate Church of St. Bartholomew Liège, Belgium

Founded in the 11th century, this gorgeous church was built in the Mosan style. Mosan describes a medieval style of architecture and metalwork centered mainly around Liège and is characterized by a mix of styles popular in neighboring countries: France and the Netherlands.

Popular drink of Liège, peket

The alcoholic drink peket is made from juniper berries so it’s basically gin. It can be drunk straight as a shot but is typically mixed with fruit flavors, usually lemon. There are various flavors and you can taste them in the La Maison du Peket.

Where to eat in Liège?

Burger place in Belgium The Huggy's Bar

Burger place in Liege, The Huggy’s Bar

Yes, of course you can try the traditional Belgian food à la my grandmother can cook it at home. I would suggest to taste burgers from a new and hip place The Huggy’s Bar. The great fact about this place is that all ingredients are produced in Belgium, the majority in Liège. The philosophy of the company is to keep close attention to a positive environmental attitude.

What to eat in Liège, Belgium: Burger from The Huggy's Bar

What to eat in Liège, Belgium: Burger from The Huggy’s Bar

First place where you can pair Huggy's self-brewed beer with burgers

First place where you can pair Huggy’s self-brewed beer with burgers

The Huggy’s Bar offers a casual and laid-back atmosphere with a friendly service. There are 40 various burger combinations paired together with Huggy’s 8 self-brewed beers. We ordered the Avocado Burger with beef and bacon, cheddar, guacamole, tomato & red onions and Huggy’s secret sauce and the Chimay Burger with double bacon, beef, red onions, rucola and chummy cheese of course. Our order came with an unlimited amount of coleslaw and tasty Belgian fries. The burgers were very juicy and sumptuous with fresh products. If I have to give one point to criticism it would be only that the buns were too soft and fell apart. A grilled version of them could make it the best burger. Nevertheless we enjoyed it. Definitely try the Trinity beer if you prefer a bit more character in your glass. My personal highlight was a Galler Chocolate Milkshake which left me speechless for a moment.

Loved it!

stella and dot jewelry reviews

Review of a successful online jewelry store Stella & Dot

I’ve discovered a new online shop with beautiful collections of fashion jewelry and accessories with the name Stella & Dot. A great fact about it offers unique design swell as quality. Most of the exquisite necklaces are made out of gold or silver which gives the jewelry durability. I think it’s a big problem nowadays to find a lovely bijou that lasts more than one season and won’t cost a fortune just because of it’s design.

stella and dot jewelry reviews

Stella & Dot Jewelry Review

The story of Stella & Dot

The story of Stella & Dot is also very interesting and inspiring. It begins with Jessica Herrin who has finished Stanford Graduate School of Business and afterwards gone on to co-found the weddingchannel.com (now it’s owned by theknot.com) at the young age of 24. After a while Jessica decided to start her own business focusing on designing of jewelry and DIY jewelry kits.

In 2007, Jessica decided together with co-founder Blythe Harris to start a new brand with the catchy name Stella & Dot. They named their business after their grandmothers which is very charming in my opinion. And on top of it these two ladies were mentioned in fashion Bibles like Vogue and InStyle! Impressive, right?

Trendy Jewelry for Women

Stella & Dot feminine Jewellery

Stella & Dot feminine Jewellery

There is a full range of women’s jewellery at Stella & Dot for every taste from bohemian until classy elegant. I love their jewelry because it has a statement. There are various timeless pieces but also jewelry with modern details. As I already mentioned most of the bijous are crafted out of silver, gold and unexpected, contemporary materials.

I personally prefer modern simplicity that will give me as a woman a cool attitude and emphasizes my trendy style. That’s why my favourite ones are these

Stella & Dot trendy jewellery fashion

Stella & Dot trendy jewellery

Nevertheless for those who prefer a bold collection to make simple outfits more interesting there are numerous choices for that too!

Stella & Dot bold jewelry with statement

Stella & Dot bold jewelry with statement

You can also get some inspiration from the Stella and Dot customers who post their pictures on Social Media. There are many very interesting and inspiring looks!

How about to become an independent stylist?

I’ve never thought that it could be a lovely profession on the side being an independent stylist. But actually it sounds like fun. If you feel like you have good taste and want to help people to look beautiful and confident then it could be something very interesting.

Stella & Dot offers plenty of support for beginners, they will set you up with your personal website and provide training. It means no experience is needed to start being your own boss. Ok, you need to invest a bit of money into it but there is nothing for free which has good quality.

I think it’s pretty cool for a business woman to try to be an independent stylist. There is not much to lose and furthermore you can choose your working hours and work from home, organize girls-jewellery parties or just visit people with your collections. Sounds very flexible to me!

 

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How I make money with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing

How I make money with Pinterest affiliate marketing

It’s always great to know that you have a passive income on the side that doesn’t need much effort or a huge investment. Pinterest gives the opportunity to earn money online even if you don’t have a blog or special social media skills. I’m sure you’re familiar with Pinterest, otherwise you wouldn’t read this article. How many times you saved a pin for your favorite recipe or new travel tips? Every time when you click on the picture and land on the website where you can purchase something the owner of the pin makes money.

What is Pinterest Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is getting paid by a company to promote or recommend their products or services.  Brands have realized the value of personal recommendations over basic paid advertising to reach for more customers. Some merchants do require a blog in order to be approved for their affiliate program, nevertheless there are many that don’t. (Anyhow you can check my course how to start a blog within 1-2 hours with the secret link for the lowest but very reliable domain price, just 1$ a month!). By applying for these merchants, you can promote their products simply by creating beautiful pins and adding them to your Pinterest boards.  Furthermore you earn money per click and per sale commissions it means when someone clicks on the pin and makes a purchase.

HOW TO GET STARTED?

I’ve heard from many bloggers that Pinterest is a great platform but I’ve never paid much attention to it for a long time. My main intention was also to promote my blog with travel related pins and not to make money. Then I discovered that more and more bloggers are using Pinterest to get some extra money and it made me curious. So the first thing I did was

  1. Converted to a Pinterest business account. It’s free and super fast. Afterwards you will be able to access your analytics so you can see the information about your audience and their preferences.
  2. Used SEO especially in the username & bio. Board titles are also very important, they need to be simple and easily understandable. Just think what do you type in the Pinterest search box when you’re looking for something. And of course each board needs to have a good SEO description in full sentences with keywords.
  3. Choose a specific niche for your your affiliate programs to join. Here are some examples of Affiliate programs where you don’t need to have a blog to apply. Simply use the Pinterest link.

Most companies affiliate through ShareAsale that’s why you need to signed up here gratis first. And these are the affiliate programs you can apply for, I know it because I’m using them as well:

Cricut has a 45-day cookie and pays a 12% commission.

Erin Condren has a 30-day cookie and pays a 7% commission. Everyone is promoting planners because they are one of the top sellers on Pinterest.

Craftsy is a lovely affiliate for crafts and DIY projects.

Stella & Dot – 30-day cookie and pays 5%-12% commission

Pretty Darn Cute Designs has a 30-day cookie and pays a 25% commission.

Tailwind has a 90-day cookie and pays 50 cents per sign up for the free trial. Afterwards 15%  if someone upgrades to paid version.

(Cookies is a tracking method that gives you more time for the buyer to decide to buy the product. If he or she clicked on the link and landed on the website it can take “x” amount of days until the person decides to purchase the product or services and you will get commissions anyway.

What is next on Pinterest?

               4. It’s important to stay active on the Pinterest to be the first in line of the      search results. Nevertheless it’s impossible to spend the whole day in front of your laptop or PC so there is a great solution created by Pinterest, TailwindTry it out to organize and automate your pins, sign up and first 100 pins are for free. All Pinterest pros are using it at the moment.

                 5.  Use high-quality images with titles and insert affiliate links in your pins. The secret of being successful on Pinterest is to create visually beautiful pins that are standing out from the others so it will make people want to click on them. You can take your own pictures, find some on the website of the merchant or some programs that offer downloading of pictures for free.

                6. Create pins in the size of 600 x 900 but also find more niche specific group boards and join them. Repin their pins to get noticed by the others. There are also plenty of various Facebook groups where bloggers help each other with Pinterest pins. If you need a list of Facebook Pinterest groups just subscribe to my blog and write in the comments that you would like to have it and I will send it to you! Important to mention that you need to pin to the relevant board.

Don’t expect to see your bank account getting filled with dollars immediately. It will take some time, let your pins circulate on the Pinterest network while others repin them. Good luck with your new pins and if you need some inspiration just check or follow my Pinterest page!

 

 

 

Family friendly holiday home in Luxembourg: Chalets Petry Spa & Relax

I’ve discovered Chalets Petry Spa & Relax when I was searching for a holiday house with spa in Luxembourg as a getaway from the chaotic city. Why Luxembourg? Because this smallest member of the EU community is famous for it’s breathtaking and diverse nature. It’s 480.000 friendly citizens speak French, German and Luxembourgian here. Nevertheless to find a perfect holiday home is not so easy. There are many old fashioned houses and hotels and searching for a luxurious relaxation place can be tiring. I was lucky enough to stumble upon the website of Chalets Petry Spa & Relax featuring 6 brand new chalets with sauna and jacuzzi.

Luxury holiday house in Luxembourg Chalets Petry Spa & Relax

My intention was to rent one of the chalets for a family vacation with the baby so I didn’t hesitate long to book a holiday home online. The arrival date was at the end of June right on the brink of summer to show it’s best sides.

Arrival at holiday home Chalets Petry Spa & Relax

Holiday home in Luxembourg Chalets Petry Spa & Relax

Wellness chalets are located in beautiful Bettel and it’s very easy to find the way to the chalets especially if you are using a GPS. There is also a sign on the road with a logo which leads you directly to your destination. Our first impression when we arrived was simply “Wow!” The brand new houses standing neatly in a row next to each other, the picturesque view of a field with the forest and horses in a background. It seemed to be a perfect escape to get charged up with positive vibes and energy.

Wellness holiday house in Luxembourg Chalets Petry Spa & Relax

It took us a bit of time to find the reception, which was at the beginning of the road near the chalets. The holiday homes are run by a lovely and helpful couple. It was very interesting to have a chat with them. Check-in processed very fast, we needed to give our credit card for authorization to pay the 300€ bond, just in case something gets broken in the house. Afterwards we got our keys and could finally park our car next to the house and see the inside of our new home for the next 2 nights.

View from the balcony of the holiday home Chalets Petry Spa & Relax

Experience luxury holiday home in Luxembourg

Kitchen & living room of one of the houses Petry Spa & Relax Luxembourg

As soon as we opened the door of our chalet we were immersed into a cozy and homecoming atmosphere. The 3 level house was spacious, clean with decent fresh fragrance. We knew that all 6 houses are identical and provide a private balcony, a BBQ on the ground floor and a terrace with jacuzzi in the spa area. On the top floor there were 4 rooms with 2 double beds and a private modern bathrooms and 2 smaller single bed rooms. There was also a huge fancy bathroom on the ground floor, another double bedroom and nice fireplace in the living room. We didn’t use the fireplace but there was also free firewood provided.

Kitchen of one of the houses Chalets Petry Spa & Relax

Bathroom on the ground floor Chalets Petry Spa & Relax

The whole house was fully equipped: a TV in every room, Wi-Fi, beddings, plenty of towels, shower gel and shampoo and even bathrobes with house shoes. Moreover the kitchen had everything you need and even dishes for babies and toddlers. A great bonus for parents is that a baby chair and baby bed are available. A basket of fresh fruits, Nespresso coffee and a variety of teas were also a great compliment. To conclude the only thing you need to bring with you are your clothes and a good mood. For an extra price food can also be arranged. Nevertheless there are supermarkets close by.

Double bed room on the top level Chalets Petry Spa & Relax

 

Interesting to mention that we saw a couple at the chalet who came with their dog. This means that furry friends are also welcome! And if you have toddlers they can be occupied at the playground so the adults can enjoy the luxury spa. And last but not least the chalets get cleaned every day and you also receive new towels. If you don’t want to be bothered you can just let the owners know.

Bathroom on the top level Chalets Petry Spa & Relax

Private Spa of Chalets Petry Spa & Relax

Outside Jacuzzi in the private wellness area of Chalets Petry Spa & Relax

Sauna in the private spa area of Chalets Petry

The private spa area of the Chalets Petry needs some special attention. The entire bottom level offers the ultimate spa experience. There is a bathroom, sauna, infrared room, comfortable chairs and calm music to relax. Outside you can sit on the terrace, enjoy the view of the pond or just lay in the bubbling warm jacuzzi. For the full treatment it’s also possible to book a massage for an extra fee. We didn’t do it because  the soothing, harmonious surroundings and the private spa alone helped us to unwind our minds and bodies.

Private wellness room in Chalets Petry Spa & Relax

What to do in Luxembourg?

Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to explore the surroundings because we were focused on the spa experience and enjoying family time with our baby. But there are plenty of things to do and that’s why I would suggest to stay more than just 2 nights to get maximum out of your holiday. You can go for a hike, a castle visit or even drive to Luxembourg city.  For any information you can ask the owners of the chalets. They will happily provide you with brochures and a great directions so you will reach your destination!

My opinion about Chalets Petry Spa & Relax

Beautiful outside area with the pond of the holiday home Chalets Petry Spa & Relax

All in one we enjoyed our stay at the Petry’s modern holiday home and had a memorable experience. We could rejuvenate ourselves and restore our energy at the luxury spa and the tranquil surroundings of Luxembourg. The friendly owners and staff let us feel like home so we wished we could stay longer.  I will doubtlessly recommend everyone to visit these holiday homes as a family, friends or just a couple because it offers everything for an awesome getaway. I haven’t written anything about prices because it varies depending on the season but you can easily find them here.

 

Review of Natural & Cruelty Free Skin Care by Mad Hippie

Mad Hippie skin care

Mad Hippie affordable cosmetic products has been founded in Portland, Oregon and since then it has become a must of the skin care routine of many girls and women. Slowly but right it’s also reaching us Europeans. So the facts that make Mad Happie simpatico: The majority of the products are vegan and cruelty free. The philosophy of the company is to create skin care that doesn’t harm the environment and furthermore $1 from every sale is donated to The Wildlife Conservation Network. I would say Mad Hippie is not just skin care but also a life style brand.

Mad Hippie Cosmetic Products

Mad Hippie also believes that the efficiency of the anti-aging creams lays in the secret of combining several ingredients and not just 1 or 2, the way many companies prefer to do nowadays. All in one after getting to know Mad Hippie’s story closer I decided to try them and see how it works.

Mad Hippie Products

Eye Cream $19

Mad Hippie Eye Cream

Something so delicate like our eyes needs good and efficient care. It’s also not easy to find a good eye cream that doesn’t cost a fortune. Now I will definitely stick to Mad Hippie eye cream and I will suggest it to everyone.

My order arrived within a week and I didn’t hesitate to try the products. The Eye Cream has a light creamy consistency that needs a bit of time to absorb but it helps to prevent the appearance of dark circles and puffiness around the eyes. Various ingredients like Vitamine C, B3, E and white tea help to protect your skin from aging. It’s always a personal opinion if you believe in the miraculous help of anti-aging creams but Mad Hippie eye cream doubtlessly hydrates the skin around the eyes and gives the skin some fresh brightness.

Vitamine A Serum $26

Mad Hippie Vitamine A Serum

For those who don’t know serum should be always used in the combination with your moisturizing face cream. The goal of every serum is to stimulate skin cell function. Mad Hippie Vitamine A Serum is a good mix of anti-aging highlights that help to improve, tighten and moisturize the skin. The main goals of these products are wrinkle reduction, firming, exfoliation and discoloration.

In my opinion Vitamin A Serum has a bit of the “typical” smell of a natural product, it’s not bothering though. It needs to be used in the evening skin care routine 10 minutes before applying the main face cream. I could already notice the positive effects after just 2 days of using it. My skin (I have a normal type) started to look limped up, fresh and with less wrinkles around mouth and on the forehead. Nevertheless I’ve mentioned it already before I’ve been using it with Mad Hippie Face Cream.

Face Cream $21

Mad Hippie Face Cream

The Mad Hippie Face Cream includes 13 different actives that promise to hydrate your skin and reduce signs of aging. I like this cream, it has a pleasant floral scent and is easy to apply. Face Cream absorbs very fast and doesn’t leave any greasy feeling on your face. You need only a pearl size amount of cream to use. The after effect of the smooth skin and all-day-long hydrated skin is priceless. It says that it’s applicable to all skin types and with my normal skin type I have no issues when using it. All three products last around 3-4 months. All in one I would recommend to try it too.

 

Get your hike on: The best walks New Zealand has to offer

New Zealand is inarguably one of the most beautiful countries in the world. With so much culture and natural beauty to be discovered on this island, it’s no wonder so many travellers flock in their masses to find it. And, if you’re a rather active traveller, rest assured there’s plenty of places for you here, too.

Of course, if you are planning an ‘adventurous’ holiday for yourself and the family, or whether you’re travelling solo, it’s important to keep yourself well protected. This handy checklist ensures you’re covered for an emergency. Staggeringly, 28% of travellers don’t cover themselves with adequate insurance either, so make sure you’re not the one caught out.

Here are just some of the best hiking opportunities New Zealand has to offer.

Milford Sound

For what is perhaps New Zealand’s most beautiful spot of all, head to Milford Sound. Although often seen upon a cruise, this fjord is better off explored on foot – disembark in this natural wonderland and discover one of the most incredible sights on Earth.

With limestone cliffs protruding majestically from the emerald waters and dense forestry upon them, the hiking potential here is almost unparalleled. Some parts of Milford Sound are admittedly more challenging, but the perks are more than worth it – with stretching panoramas boasting waterfalls, wildlife and sprawling views, there’s a reason why this part of New Zealand is so popular.

Rotorua

The smoky Rotorua, New Zealand

Head to Rotorua if you want to discover a prevalence of culture whilst you explore. It’s a town renowned for the prominent Maori culture, boasting the highest Maori population of any town in the entire country. Be sure to try a traditional hangi (feast), as recommended by Audley, during your time here.

But if you’re focused on the hike, rest assured it’s one of the best places for it. The Thermal Plateau has some of the most wondrous geothermal features in the country, with everything from cave formations to dense forests, with mud pools and gushing geysers in between. This will prove to a be a hike unlike any other.

Mount Tongariro

If you’re up for the challenge of hiking upon a volcano, head to Tongariro National Park. There’s countless routes here to discover, depending on just how long a hike you’re looking for – shorter hikes such as the track towards the Taranaki Falls or the Ohinetonga Lagoon circuit are best suited to the less-experienced explorer.

However, you could potentially spend up to eight hours here exploring the sprawling park. The Tama Lakes boast a track that could take just that long if you take your time, taking you through a vast majority of Tongariro. And then there’s the volcano itself – it isn’t an easy climb, but if you’re up for the challenge it’s all yours.

Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand

Another of New Zealand’s national parks, Abel Tasman is very different from Tongariro. Instead of hilly treks and a volcano to boot, you’ll find some lush forestry that gives way to beautiful, glistening beaches. Hike to the top of Abel Tasman’s hills for stretching views out towards the horizon, the sun-soaked surroundings perhaps the closest thing to paradise in the country.

This is the perfect destination for a first-time hiker, especially because the terrain isn’t as challenging as some other entries on this list. And, as an added bonus, you’ll discover some of New Zealand’s natural beauty as a result.

Art Deco Walk, Napier

If a hike isn’t really your thing and you simply want a casual stroll, consider Napier’s Art Deco Walk. This city is full to the brim with incredible Art Deco architecture, with some prominent historical value accompanying it – it’s indisputably New Zealand’s most stunning city of all.

The level of maintenance and upkeep that has so evidently gone into the city’s appearance makes for a fascinating trip, and as you walk upon the streets gawking at the many beautiful buildings before you, make sure you take the time to appreciate the history and how Napier came to be how it is today.

Why babynest from Snabelreden is so important

One of the great products that I haven’t found in any online articles but discovered through my friends is a babynest. It’s an exciting journey to become parents. Nevertheless it can also be very stressful because you are constantly figuring out what you definitely need in your household to make your’s and baby’s life more comfortable. . I’m also mentioning it here because it’s an essential item for traveling with your baby. You can use your nest anywhere around the house and furthermore it’s perfect for travelling as your little one can rest anywhere stress free!

www.snabelreden.dk

 

But not all baby nests are the same, there are various brands with various qualities. In my opinion the greatest one is from the danish brand Snabelreden. It’s not only gorgeous but it’s also filled with the 100% organic natural material kapok and sewed in GOTS certified organic cotton fabric. It means there are no bad materials included and nothing can harm your baby.

 

 

The importance of baby nest for babies

Newborns spend a lot of time sleeping, so it is crucial that their sleeping area is safe. All Snabelreden babynests were designed with safety as a priority: It protects the baby from falling and provides a secure comfortable space for the little one. Just place it on a flat surface, away from any edge that it could fall from and let your baby immense into the sweet world of dreams.

Untied babynest Snabelreden

How to wash baby nest

If you are wondering how to wash it then I have great news for you! You can take off the cover and wash it in the machine on 30°. However, the inside pillow should be washed by hand – because of the kapok. It is very slow to dry completly. But it is possible to wash it in 30° in the machine, and then tumbledry it for 1-2 hours on 60°.

Babynest Snabelreden made in Danmark

The only thing that I need to warn you about is that it’s very hard to choose just one Snabelreden babynest, because all of them are unique aesthetic masterpieces. I was the lucky one to provide you with a 10% discount, just use the following giftcode: KATETHEGREAT10

 

5 ways to see New Zealand from a different perspective

There’s a reason why New Zealand has quickly become a hotspot for travellers from across the world – it’s one of the most beautiful countries out there. With that being said, stray from the norm and consider the lesser-frequented destinations New Zealand has to offer.

Here are just five ways to see the country from a different perspective.

Cruise through the fjords

Despite their popularity, Milford and Doubtful Sound are two of New Zealand’s best natural sights. The majesty of these fjords is undeniable; lush greenery, cascading waterfalls and calm waters make for one of the most naturally stunning settings in the entirety of the world, let alone the country.

Cruises are popular in the area, but you can also disembark if you wish to explore the fjords on foot. Milford Sound is undoubtedly the more popular of the two, so consider escaping to Doubtful Sound instead – it’s equally as beautiful, but with hardly any crowds around to detract from the experience.

A traditional road trip

Why not traverse New Zealand on the road? There are countless routes to be discovered on both the North and South Island – why not hire out a campervan and make your journey your own? Tongariro National Park is a popular choice for many travellers looking to discover a feat of nature – it’s here that you’ll discover a world of geothermic wonder.

Or, you could consider the Bay of Islands Loop – this way, you’ll be discovering the best of the natural beauty of the North Island whilst also seeing Auckland, the iconic city with attractions and sights such as the famed Sky Tower and Viaduct Harbour.

Experience authentic culture in Rotorua

Rotorua

Head to Rotorua if you want to discover the most prominent instances of Maori culture on offer. After all, this town situated on New Zealand’s North Island is home to the highest Maori population in the country – nearly 40% of Rotorua’s residents are Maori.

With geothermal activity abound and the Maori people practicing manaakitangathat is, the art of the host giving the best of themselves, their time and their history – you’ll be in for an authentic and exciting experience when visiting Rotorua. Consider attending a Mitai Maori Night, with food and entertainment courtesy of the Maori people.

Escape to Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo is one of those places that goes under the radar for many travellers, despite its many reasons for being a hotspot. There’s a mountain to hike – Mount John should be scalable by anyone – hot pools to bathe in, and even one of the world’s largest dark sky reserves which allows for some beautiful views of the night sky.

It’s also the perfect destination for the active traveller, with hikes unparalleled by anywhere else in the country throughout Lake Tekapo. And the lake itself is a sight you can’t miss, a glistening pool that’s best seen at winter – this way you can immerse yourself in some of the adjacent hot pools.

Lose yourself upon Great Barrier Island

If you’re looking to get off the grid and find somewhere often unvisited by many travellers, Great Barrier Island is the place to go. In fact, this island is so isolated that it goes without any supply of electricity – instead, the residents rely on solar and wind power.

With such a lack of development comes an authentic natural experience, and you’re left with just you and your surroundings – there aren’t even any supermarkets here. People say once you visit you’ll be overcome by a sense of peace and belonging – be prepared to stay a little longer than you had prepared for.

Never-ending breakfast at That’s Toast in Bruges

I discovered a place in Bruges where you can have delicious and healthy breakfast all day long, at That’s Toast. Hipsters, health-freaks and foodies will fall in love with this charming café!

The importance of breakfast

Your mother might’ve told you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and she is right! Studies have proven that breakfast boosts your metabolism, helps you burn calories throughout the day and it also gives you the energy you need to get things done. And what can be better than a tasty and solid starter on a plate that is also expertly made by someone else?

Welcome to That’s Toast in Bruges, Belgium!

It doesn’t matter what you go for all portions are copious and the ingredients are fresh in That’s Toast. You can always let the staff know if you have any special preferences or if you are just following one of those gluten-free trends. If the weather is nice I would suggest you to enjoy your meal on the lovely hidden terrace at the café.

But first, coffee!

The owner of That’s Toast is young Dutch man named Steven who got his inspirations through traveling and exploring the world. And every 2-3 months the menu is updated and a new delicious addition appears on the menu! Furthermore That’s Toast doesn’t only offer the perfect Instagram-location but also incredible barista coffee.

Inside or outside?

What can you eat at That’s Toast?

We ordered both big breakfast plates for €14 per piece, with extra salmon on top of rucola and sweet potatoes for just €2,50 each. As I already mentioned the portions are magnanimous. Our meals were out very quickly and when we had our first bite, we couldn’t put our forks down anymore! I had the vegetarian grilled halloumi sandwich with tomato, avocado, juicy mushrooms and sumptuous eggs. And if I already started so healthy I decided to add a fresh juice to it with orange and ginger. It was not too sweet and not too sour, just perfect!

Breakfast plates with extra salmon and sweet potatoes. Yum!

The meat lovers will adore the other breakfast plate with tempting bacon, 2 different types of sausages, grilled tomato, beans in tomato sauce and the essential eggs. Definitely the breakfast for champions!

Let the feast begin!

Breakfast, brunch, lunch or just a nice drink at That’s Toast, you will be satisfied with every choice! I doubtlessly discovered my new place to eat and relax and who knows maybe I’ll see you there too! Bon appetite!

The Noon, Mediterranean treasure in medieval Bruges

Bruges is Belgium’s medieval gem with various touristic entertainment possibilities such as shopping, sightseeing, museums and obviously a numerous amount of great restaurants. Sometimes it’s amazing to have a wide range of choices but if you are visiting this magical town just for few days or want to try something extraordinary then it’s not so easy to make a satisfying decision.

Welcome to The Noon!

Where to eat in Bruges

I discovered this magical mediterranean oasis, where time stands still and all your senses are happily engaged. The Noon is the name of this perfect getaway, where with taking the first step into the restaurant you will immerse into a completely different world. The relaxing fragrance, cozy atmosphere and creative decoration will make you feel like home from the very beginning. Just choose your perfect corner on the comfy couch or at one of the lovely tables. It’s possible to come for a energizing coffee and delightful lunch menu or a sumptuous dinner.

The Noon is run by Mona & Philip, a warm and friendly couple and they give this place it’s authentic charm. Mona & Philip combine three exotic and bright cultures: Moroccan, Indian and Belgian. The cultural beauty is reflected in the interpretation of the food: Colorful, healthy and simply delicious! Only seasonal fresh vegetables and fruits are used for every masterpiece on a plate. First I was skeptical about the herbs because mediterranean kitchen has the tendency to exaggerate with unknown penetrant spices but I was positively surprised how discretely it was added to every meal so I could still taste the fullness of the fresh vegetables and juicy meat.

Mint tea and beer served on a silver metal tray

Delicious menu at the Noon

We started our dinner with some mint tea which was served in a beautiful metal silver teapot on a decorated tray. No worries for the alcohol enthusiasts, there is also a variety of lovely wines and Belgian Gold, beer. And then our tasty journey began!

Vegetarian soup with crisp flatbread

Our appetite was awakened with a vegetarian soup composed of fresh in-season vegetables with grilled flatbread covered in moroccan olive oil. We all know vegetable soups are always good for your health and they provide our bodies with the necessary vitamines but this one was additionally incredibly delicious!

Colourful Vegetarian Tagine With Tofu

Our mains were the Vegetarian Tagine with tofu cheese, lightly spiced heritage carrots and marinated haloumi + the Chicken Tagine with preserved lemon and purple olives that were impressively served under a cone shaped lid. Tagine is by the way a traditional moroccan way of slow cooking with a conical shaped lid. This keeps the dishes uniquely moist. Every meal is served with rice or couscous, fresh salad with delicious dressing and pickled reedit radish.

Our eyes became bigger and mouths more watery when we took the lids away and saw the amazing colours: bright yellow, green and black carrots, golden onions and potatoes, orange sweet potatoes and red juicy tomatoes. Three appetizing pieces of chicken, we didn’t wait too long until we tried them. They were succulent and rich in white meat.

Lamb Tagine Berbere

We couldn’t resist to order the Lamb Tagine Berbere on top of it even though the portions are very generous. And we didn’t regret it! It’s not easy to make sumptuous lamb because often it tends to be very dry, but Mona performs magic in the kitchen! The lamb sausages covered in tasty vegetables and mediterranean herbes overcame all our expectations.

The Noon is a great place to eat & spend time in Bruges

The Noon is a very peaceful and enjoyable place, you will doubtlessly lose track of time here. This happened to us, only after 4 hours we realized that it was time to go back home and it’s only because it was already dark outside, we could’ve sat there for much longer. It became my favourite café/restaurant in Bruges to visit and I will definitely recommend it to everyone who loves healthy and delicious food and who is not afraid to be different. Ah, and vegetarians will be definitely spoiled there!

Opening Hours:
Mon – Thu 11:30am – 4pm
Fri -Sat   11:30am – 4pm
               6pm – 11pm 

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