Category: Europe

10 Things about Iceland

Iceland is an island nation located in North Atlantic Ocean, between Europe and North America continents. It is considered to be part of Europe. The local currency is Icelandic króna (ISK) and is not widely found outside of Iceland due to restricted foreign trading…

Journey to the West (of Iceland)

[2017.11.01] During my extensive research for this epic road trip of ours, it struck me how most of the Icelandic road trips shared online preferred to explore the Golden Circle in an anticlockwise fashion. Have to admit that I became a little apprehensive about…

My Inexplicably Strange Encounter in Fátima

[2006.05.04] Our schedule started early in the day, as typical of most guided tours. It didn’t matter that I was sufficiently under the weather to have taken a slow day, or skipped some locations if we were vacationing on our own. A guided tour…

NBH-030 Torre di Pisa

Another nanoblock design for a wildly famous and popular tourist attraction in Italy. We visited the Leaning Tower of Pisa located at the Piazza dei Miracoli during our honeymoon but couldn’t fit it into our schedule when we brought lil sis some years later to do…

NBH-092 Venezia

Venice goes down as one of our fondest destinations in the world, and I have been waiting with bated breath for Kawada to release their nanoblock design of this water city. Have to admit that I was not too impressed when I first saw the design….

The Abbey Library and More

I love reading and, by extension, books and libraries likewise rank high on my ‘Nice‘ list. While nailing down finer details for this trip, a fortuitous encounter with an online article about the most beautiful libraries in the world had me completely enthralled, in particular the Abbey Library…

Of Vineyards and Medieval Riquewihr

A last minute decision to arrange a half-day private tour to see more of the Alsace Wine Route turned out to be one of the best decisions we’ve made on this trip (although I was still kicking myself for not having brought my International…

The Jewel of Alsace

That’s what I felt, anyway. That Colmar is the jewel in the crown that is Alsace. Incidentally it is also widely considered to be the capital of Alsatian wine region and plays host to the yearly Alsatian Wine Fair, the largest festival in Alsace. Apt…

The EU Capital

One of the four, that is. I only learnt, very recently, that the EU has 4 capitals, and that Strasbourg is one of them. The others include Frankfurt, Brussels and Luxembourg. What a noob! Considering this, Strasbourg is an exceedingly important city indeed! Which would…

Strasbourg by Night: A Photo Gallery

Having spent three nights in Strasbourg, we were presented with countless excellent opportunities to walk about the city in any manner we wished, and take some truly incredible (in my humble opinion) night pictures. There was a plethora of picturesque photo points, showcasing the resilient architecture…

Basel, the Crossroad of Three Countries

Basel isn’t commonly heard of – at least not in this part of the world – yet hardly a nondescript, insignificant city, it being the third most populous in Switzerland, after Zurich and Geneva. Apart from this little nugget of information, there is something even…

10 Things about Liechtenstein

The Principality of Liechtenstein has a customs and monetary union with Switzerland, maintaining no official border with the Swiss and also uses Swiss Franc as its official currency. It is one of the only two double-landlocked countries in the world, bordered to the east by…

Liechtenstein? Checked.

Shallow as it sounds, ’tis the only reason why Vaduz was included in this trip – to check an item off my personal bucket list, and to increase the number count of countries we’ve been to, by one more. Not that anyone is really…

Hallstatt, the one in Austria

You’d know this village is a big deal when the other nation known for its thriving counterfeit culture has spared no cost or effort to ‘clone’ it in its entirety, right down to the littlest details like a church (though non-functioning) and exact replicas of homes….

Food and Music: Feels like Heaven

[22-27 Dec 2015] Vienna is first and foremost known for 2 ubiquitous icons: Mozart and Sachertorte. While Vienna is not Mozart’s birthplace, it played a very important role during his formative years as a child prodigy and later on also bore witness to his death…

Beauty on the Danube

[26 Dec 2015] And that would be the official nickname of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, a country that only came about in 1993 after the Velvet Divorce. Thanks to this day trip, we are adding another country to the list of countries we…

The 15th on our 5555th – A Review on Steirereck

We celebrated the 5,555th day of our dating anniversary in style, by having lunch at Steirereck im Stadtpark, a two Michelin starred and World’s 15th Best restaurant at the point of writing this blog post. Being self-confessed foodies, this visit was long overdue and only made possible…

Of Wien and Its Christmas Markets

Bidding Munich farewell, we boarded the Railjet bound for Vienna shortly after noon. This trip, we decided to spend our money on travelling well i.e. favouring first class on trains whenever possible. It truly has nothing to do with travelling in style. Let’s just…

Hello Again, Munchen!

We first explored Munich, amongst other destinations in Bavaria and beyond, during our last trip to Europe. That I would end up loving Munich so much was something I did not see coming. And since we are planning to explore the romantic road and Bavaria…

NBH-031 Brandenburger Tor

I’ve come to really love Germany, and that was completely not within my expectations. For years, I avoided travel plans that brought us to Germany, thinking that since we don’t speak a word of German, we are going to have a hard time there….

Walking the Town Wall and More

We slept our jet lag away by going to bed early the night before. Wise decision it was; we were bright and alert the next morning to explore more of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. A peek out of the window in our room while…

The Red Fortress above the Tauber

In German, it translates to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This well-preserved medieval old town is situated within Bavaria Germany and earned itself such a name due to its location upon a plateau overlooking River Tauber. If you find the name a mouthful, I do…

Planning II – 2011 White Christmas

There have been further changes made to the trip route, in less than a week since I last posted the last draft route. I discussed some more with several people, including the mister and a good friend who is extremely familiar with Germany; most…

Planning I – 2011 White Christmas

I’m not entirely certain why this is so, but oddly enough we’ve never been to Germany (though we’d been to many other parts of Europe). I mean, Germany is in central Europe and it’s not small, right? How could we have missed it if…

10 Things about Italy

Italy, or Italia in Italian, has an official name called the Italian Republic and is shaped like a boot. Rome, the capital, has a population of 3 million and is nicknamed the ‘Eternal City’. It borders Austria, France, Vatican City, San Marino, Slovenia and Switzerland. Its…

Romancing Our Love, Venezia

Venezia (or ‘Venice‘ in English) was suitably the first stop of our 18-day grand tour of Italia given how much we loved this enchanting little city (and had vowed to return with the intention of seeing more of it) when we visited during our…

Of Camp Nou & Port Vell

We had a total of 2 days in Barcelona. On the second day, we decided to break away from the group to explore Camp Nou and the city by our own. Though not avid fans of Futbol Club Barcelona, the soccer-loving mister felt a…

Barcelona, The City of Counts

Barcelona, nicknamed the City of Counts (‘Ciutat Comtal‘ in Spanish), is the capital of Catalonia (an autonomous community of Spain) and the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid the capital. This moniker came about as sort of a commemoration to the Counts of Barcelona who…

10 Things About Switzerland

Switzerland’s official name is Swiss Confederation (Confoederatio Helvetica in Latin) hence explaining its official abbreviation CH. Switzerland is a land-locked country in Western Europe bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria & Liechtenstein to the east. The capital…

Luggage Choice for Long Trips

Prior to our Europe Honeymoon, we had not taken trips together that lasted beyond a week. In more ways than one, the Europe Honeymoon was special. Logistically, especially. We thought hard about how we should pack so that moving around would be easiest. The…