Tag: europe

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….

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…

How It All Began

We never used to believe in planning for our own vacations. To us, a planned vacation is… somewhat like an oxymoron. Simply put, we would gladly pay a premium to travel agencies, and then embark on vacations with different groups of strangers. Indeed, each…

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…

Epilogue – Europe Honeymoon

Expectations were feverishly high because it was after all (pricey!) Europe and well… our honeymoon. The honeymoon. One may travel to many places in his entire lifetime and promptly forget about some of these places several moons later, but nobody forgets the honeymoon. As luck would…

The ‘Motleys’

Not that Lake Maggiore in Italy, Brussels in Belgium and London in England are any less important, but they have been lumped together simply for convenience’s sake since we spent very little time in these cities and it seemed appropriate to put them together…

Of The Keukenhof & Canals

Contrary to popular belief, not all women are partial to flowers. I am one such exception. Apart from two white flowers – tiger lilies and white cymbidiums – no other flower, however resplendently packaged in a bouquet, catches my eyes. We were therefore expectedly not looking…

Paris The City of Lights

The last time I saw Paris Her heart was warm and gay, I heard the laughter of her heart in every street café. –  Oscar Hammerstein II Paris, the City of Lights. Certainly every die-hard romantic’s dream honeymoon destination. And since we were on our…

Heart of the Alps, Switzerland

Though sharing the Alps mountain range with France, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein, land-locked Switzerland is undoubtedly regarded as heart of the Alps. The Alps occupy about 65% of Switzerland’s surface area, making it one of most alpine countries in the world. Notably, Switzerland is not…

Playground of the Rich & Famous

Our next destination brought us to the French Riviera (or Côte d’Azur in French), the southeast Mediterranean coastline off France. Due to its hot summers and mild winters, the French Riviera started out as a playground and vacation spot for European aristocrats who would temporarily move…

The Romance & Fashion Capitals

Venice (or ‘Venezia’ in Italian), a city in northern Italy proverbial for tourism, goes by several other names including “City of Masks”, “City of Bridges” and “The Floating City”. However, none of these monikers befits this Italian stunner more than “The Romance Capital”. Indeed, many…

First Encounter with The ‘Boot’

Italy (or ‘Italia’ in Italian) also often goes by the moniker of ‘The Boot’, ascribed by the physical shape of the country. Me thinks this endearing nickname is rather befitting for a soccer-crazed nation like Italy. We landed at Rome Fiumicino Airport on a…