Europe, family

Brussels 2017 (Part Two)

We stayed in Brussels for three days before going back to London (our last stop).  It was only a 3-week trip but it seems like we left home for a long time.  Do you ever feel that way?  As much as I love travelling, I also look forward to going home.  And when I’m back on home soil, I want to go away #firstworldproblems LOL.

Cathedral of St Michael & St Gudula – I’m not religious but I love visiting churches.

So stunning inside – the architecture is out of this world!
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Europe, Vacation

Brussels 2017 (Part One)

We took the train from Paris to Brussels.  It was a short 90-minute ride.  The train ride was very comfortable and it went by pretty fast.  The only problem was we shopped too much in Paris so we had more luggage and it was a pain to bring it on, but luckily there were three of us and a couple of nice strangers who helped us.

The Gare du Nord station is one of the busiest railway stations in Europe.

I don’t mind riding on the train.  It saves a lot of time and money.

Love our room, it was so spacious!I was dying to try Belgian waffles, but I was disappointed with the texture.  I think the ones in Vancouver tasted better.  I guess this always happens when we have higher expectations eh?
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January 2018 Giveaway

Happy January lovelies!  It’s giveaway time!!  If you’re into backpacks or know someone who needs a backpack, enter this giveaway.  Make sure you follow all the steps since I do validate all entries.  This contest is open to CANADA AND USA residents only.  All you have to do is follow the rafflecopter.  Good luck!Photo credit:  Shopbop

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Review, Vacation

Dining Experience: L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

We always wanted to try another Michelin-starred restaurant since we’re in Europe.  Joel Robuchon is very popular so we booked this restaurant for lunch.  The experience we had at this restaurant was very different from our last one.  We didn’t have the same amount of food and I was just full, not to the extent as last time where I couldn’t eat for the next 10 hours.  I guess it’s a good thing. :)

The restaurant was pretty hard to find as it was located in a dark cellar inside a drugstore.

As you can tell the menu is in French, but our server professionally and patiently translated the menu for us.

The decor is very modern and romantic.  We sat facing the open kitchen which was perfect to see the chefs in action.

We started off with an amuse-bouche with tomato and ricotta.
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Europe, family

Paris 2017 (Part Two)

Oh Paris, take me back now.  I love Europe so much.  I’m already planning another trip there next year so I can wine and dine again.  Paris is indeed so charming and getting around the city is quite easy.  I have no problem not speaking a word of French.  Most places, the Parisians speak English and they do not have the snooty attitude.  We are so thankful because we encountered very nice, friendly people on our trip.

La Grande Epicerie de Paris – Arguably the best gourmet market in Paris.  It has everything you desire – fresh produce, pastries, wine and a variety of comestibles.  They even have L’atelier Maison De La Truffe right in the middle of the market.  We had lunch there and it was one of my favourite meals in Paris.

I forgot the exact names of these cheeses, but we had a bit of everything from truffled brie to goat cheese.  They’re all so tasty!

Holy smokes, killing me with this ravioli with summer truffles!

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