Hannover Citytrip

Inside and outside of Germany, Hannover isn't quite known for being the place to be. Which is unfortunate really, because it means most people miss out on the nice surprises the city has in store! Thanks to its big university, Hannover is a very lively place, with lots of festivals and events happening throughout the year. Fairy tale fans will be over the moon about the Royal Gardens and the nearby Marienburg Castle. And with a few strong female characters having left their mark on the city, Hannover could even be described as feminist. Lots to discover obviously and I'm happy to be your guide!

Krakow Citytrip

This trip to Krakow was my 1st acquaintance with Poland and I couldn't have imagined a better one! Poland's former capital is one of elegance: from the authentic charm of the Old City, to the peaceful escapism of the Vistula River, to the hipster vibes of the former Jewish district. Never have I witnessed such a religious place, from the countless churches to the priests and nuns everywhere, yet the city is the most approachable. Its relatively small size means you can do everything by foot and you'll never feel lost. Add a low cost of living to this and you got yourself the perfect - alternative - getaway!

A weekend in Zuid-Limburg

Another great thing about living in Belgium is that there is so much to discover just beyond the borders. Case in point: Zuid-Limburg. This Dutch region that's adjacent to Belgium in the East isn't quite like the rest of the Netherlands and holds many surprises. With its mix of nature, history and contemporary lifestyle, it has something in store for everyone. Let me guide you through Zuid-Limburg the 'Gerrit and the City' way, meaning a little street art, some design, fabulous food and a trip to the province's fashionable capital Maastricht!

Berlin Citytrip

David Bowie once said Berlin is the greatest cultural extravaganza one could imagine. And I couldn't agree more. Thanks to its relatively low cost of living, Berlin attracts countless artists and creatives. Combined with its tumultuous past, the city is a thrilling mix of history, art, music and graffiti. I've been here a few times but it's only during this trip that it dawned on me just how much Berlin is cool and laid-back, progressive and gay friendly, cosmopolitan and multi-dimensional.

London Citytrip

New York, Milan, Paris... Three out of four fashion capitals I've written about before. So it was about time I shared my thoughts on London with you! There's something about this city that I just love. Is it the architecture, the energy or simply the English culture? Either way, I feel very much drawn to this place. Unfortunately, it can be quite pricey. Which is why I worked on a guide that takes you along some of the city's main attractions without spending a single pound. That is, everywhere except in restaurants, which are truly amazing and worth the splurge.

South Tyrol

'Gerrit and the City' is all about escapism. Sometimes I take you to unexplored cities and sometimes I take you to more remote places. Consider this my first 'Gerrit and the Mountains' piece as I introduce you to South Tyrol, the region located in the Alps of Northern Italy. A region that's all about contrasts: Alpine and Mediterranean, German-Austrian and Italian, traditional and contemporary. There is nothing quite like finding yourself in this sumptuous mountain landscape to escape everything and refocus on yourself. And when you're feeling a cosmopolitan urge, the capital Bolzano is right there for you!

Prague Citytrip • Part two

With its cobbled streets and colorful architecture, Prague is a really pleasant city to wander in. The fact that it is relatively small (you can do most of your itineraries by foot) and pretty cheap, makes it very accessible. As for the Czech people, though they kind of keep to themselves, in the end most of them are actually sweet. To make the most of your journey, book a room in the historic center, or 'Prague 1'.

Prague Citytrip • Part one

I was told Prague was beautiful, but I was not prepared for this level of beauty. 'The city of 100 spires' is one of romance and history. As opposed to many other European cities, it has remained untouched for centuries, making it a breathtaking mix of Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Everywhere you look there are historic buildings from revolved times of opulence and ornamentation. And to all you Art Nouveau and Art Deco lovers, this is your dream come true.

The French Provence • Part two

My family vacay in the Provence was such a dream because it was the perfect mix of chilling and discovering. Days wandering cobbled streets were alternated with days by the pool. So for your stay I would definitely recommend picking a place that has a picture perfect swimming pool, such as Ferme Michel, our Airbnb. Its location near the Mont Ventoux also allowed us to do all those day trips with car rides under one hour.

The French Provence • Part one

When I say cicadas and lavender, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? That's right, the Provence! A poetic region in the South of France and a getaway for many lucky ones in summer. With its wild nature and idyllic landscapes, it is a haven of serenity. While at the same time, the many picturesque villages scattered across the region offer plenty of options for discovery. It can be daunting to approach a region this big, so in true 'Gerrit and the City' fashion, I made up a few day trips for you. Enjoy!

A day in Giethoorn

Somewhere in the North of the Netherlands, there is a place that looks as if it came right out of a children's fairy tale. A place where canals have replaced roads, where boats have replaced cars and where you're guaranteed to feel transported to another world. This place, often referred to as 'the Venice of the Netherlands', is called Giethoorn and it is a peaceful getaway for anyone longing for simplicity and quietness (at least for a couple of days).

New York Citytrip • Part three

You've had a taste of iconic central Manhattan, you've experienced the 'small-scale' neighborhoods, so now it's time to discover the Southern end of the island and venture into the adjacent borough that is Brooklyn. Along the way you'll encounter many buildings that testify of the industrial past of these areas and you'll enjoy some major scenic views that are at their best when accompanied by clear blue skies!

New York Citytrip • Part two

After spending the first few days in central Manhattan looking for the major New York landmarks, you are ready to discover the 'alternative' part of the City. A little more to the South, you'll find the arty and fashionable neighborhoods which I loved even more. I guess this is where you'll experience real NY life: chilling in small parks, discovering trendy lunch spots, doing a little shopping and most importantly pretending to be Carrie Bradshaw in Perry Street!

New York Citytrip • Part one

Fifth Avenue, the Chrysler Building, the Brooklyn Bridge... Not only are these quintessential New York landmarks, they're also Sex and the City icons, the relationship narrative centered around Carrie Bradshaw (also known as my hero) that is responsible for my fascination of the City. For years I've been fantasizing about the Big Apple from my couch and now I finally got to experience it myself and it was exactly the way I imagined it! Let me take you on a fabulous 8-day journey, starting with Midtown and the Upper East Side.

Brunch & Culture • Musée la Piscine

The city of Roubaix in the North of France, just passed the Belgian border, has a long history as producer of wool. Unfortunately it lost most of its splendor after the crisis of the 60s. It did however excel at reconverting some of its landmarks. The old textile factories have been turned into lofts, offices and spaces for the arts. But the most spectacular conversion of all is the art deco swimming pool turned into a multi-disciplinary museum, a truly mesmerizing place.

A weekend in Rotterdam • Part two

The main reason why we picked citizenM to stay in Rotterdam was its convenient location in the city center. But it turned out that's not its only asset! You now know Rotterdam is all about modern architecture and citizenM fits perfectly into that. You can check-in by yourself and in your room you get to pilot everything with an iPad (from temperature, to lighting, to music). I advice you pick a room with view on the harbor on the upper level. You'll see the room is small but very cosy! And you get all of this for a decent price.

A weekend in Rotterdam • Part one

Rotterdam is best known for its characteristic skyline and innovative architecture which gave the city its nickname 'Manhattan aan de Maas'. The reason why the city has such a modern appearance is because it was largely bombed during World War II and it was decided to rebuild the city according to contemporary architecture standards afterwards. As a result, people either hate it or love it. Thanks to its many, many hotspots, I quickly became a Rotterdam fan and I gladly share my tips with you for a full weekend of discoveries!

Dublin Citytrip

Since I don't drink beer, I thought Dublin, the city famous for its pubs, had nothing to offer for me. But boy was I wrong! I quickly discovered the city has many spots to please hipsters, countless colorful facades and a surprisingly urban vibe. It is confusing to see people drive on the left, but other than that Dublin is very easy to approach: They have the euro, you don't need to worry about public transport since distances are short and the general atmosphere is laid-back. So grab your raincoat and off we go!

A day at Efteling

Once upon a time, in a Kingdom not so far away, there was a place called Efteling in which fairy tales came to life... At first this theme park might come across as reserved for children, but with its restaurants, shops and roller coasters it has something for people of all ages. And besides, don't we all want to go back to the stories of our childhood every once in a while? Open 365 days a year, Efteling makes for a magical getaway!

A day in Córdoba

In my previous post I was telling you about the perfect 3-day city trip in Seville. But while you're there, why not discover Córdoba, which I experienced as the Spanish version of Disney's Agrabah! Today many parts of it are in ruin, but in the Middle Ages this was one of the greatest cities in the world. The city was ruled by several cultures over the years and had its glory days under the Islamic rule. This is when its main attraction was built: the Mezquita. Córdoba is less touristy than Seville or Granada and it is relatively small, which makes it a perfect day trip destination.