All in Around Belgium

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!

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.

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).

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!

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 Paris • Montmartre

When in Paris, Montmartre is a good place to go to on Sunday. The little village in the North of the city is a place like no other. Its picturesque streets are the perfect backdrop to get lost in. Don't worry, looking up you'll always manage to find your way back. Just look for the top of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, the symbol of Montmartre. It is also an area that is filled with romance, making it a perfect destination for lovers.

A day in Paris • Along the Seine

For me, Paris has always been magical. Because the City of Light has been featured in countless movies I've seen, I've been dreaming about it for a long time. In the last five years, I've been going there regularly and I'm pleasantly surprised the magic still operates. With its beautiful architecture, countless terraces and monuments, and of course, the Seine. A walk around the city's river is almost mandatory when I'm there. It has something immensely romantic and you come accross some of the city's greatest landmarks. Follow me!