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Our favorite travel and lifestyle bloggers in Berlin (in English)

18 Dec

We’re continuing the series we started with Amsterdam! This week we chose to introduce you to our top lifestyle and expat bloggers in Berlin, for an alternative way to discover the city once you’re there.

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Created by Zoë and James, two expats in Berlin, überlin deals with the city’s culture at large. This blog is actually a great resource to immerse yourself in the unique Berliner identity. There you’ll find insights about the city and it’s inhabitants, nice places to go eat and drink things to see and do, music, street style. Oh, and they wrote this cool list of things to know about Berliners, pretty funny stereotypes!
Read more here

Berlin Reified
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Berlin Reified was founded by the expat Sylee Gore in 2006. This blog is definitely homey, full of beautiful pictures and that’s something we love about it. It’s author takes you to day trips around the city, show you a singular point of view of what’s a perfect day in Berlin and takes you to her favorite food spots and cafes.
Read more here

Stil In Berlin
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Stil in Berlin is an online photography project, in a blog format. If originally focused on street style, the blog now covers various topics like food, style, shopping and life in Berlin.
In addition to presenting loads of beautiful pictures, Stil In Berlin provides a super nice feature: a map that helps you locate the blog’s eating and shopping suggestions
Read more here

Finding Berlin
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Finding Berlin is a visual magazine that celebrates Berlin’s rich and diverse culture through video and photography. What makes the content special is the alternative eye the contributors have on the city. They take you to a tour through places, urban art and anecdotes. Among all the great content, we like the 10 things to do series they did for summer and autumn.
Read more here

Slow Travel Berlin
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Ok, Slow Travel Berlin is more a website than a blog, but it totally had to make our list, for many reasons. The biggest one is because it embraces a totally different point of view of the city, and brings us to consider taking our time to actually discover Berlin beyond the touristic landmarks. We like the variety of information on the site, like jumping from a list for an ethical Christmas shopping in Berlin to a vintage Berlin Guide. Take some time and explore!
Read more here

Our favorite travel and lifestyle bloggers in Amsterdam (in English)

6 Dec

When planning for a trip, traditional information resources like guides and magazines are always a good start. But the best way to find great insights and well kept secrets about your destination is to checkout what locals, expats and travelers who actually know the city differently have to say about it

Stuff Dutch People Like
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The blog, created by Colleen Geske, a Canadian expat living in Amsterdam, is an awesome resource of all you need to know about the dutch cultural specificity. The blog deals with stereotypes with a sassy and humorous tone, making it a really funny way to get more familiar with people and habits before you reach to the city. It was really hard to choose which posts we like most, so here are two examples: Sinterklaas, and for the linguistics: Speaking in expressions. But seriously, you should read them all, they’re hilarious!
Read more here


Your Little Black Book
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Anne is a lifestyle blogger living in Amsterdam. First of all, her blog is very pleasant, full of beautiful pics, and gives you a good global view of what to do in Amsterdam, whether you are a foodie explorer or the shopping addict type. The Amsterdam City Guide section gives great weekend guides, tips on seasonal events and things to do in the city, like the best up-coming new year’s eve parties, or hotspots to discover.

Read more here


Amsterdamian
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This blog, created by an Amsterdam lover, takes you to the streets and hidden gems of the city through a beautiful visual journey. If you take some time to wander around this blog, you’ll discover an other point of view on the city, people, seasons and art in Amsterdam, with lots of images. For example, here’s a reason why Amsterdam is a great place to visit in autumn and this one gives you a good sneak peek at the Amsterdam Light Festival
Read more here


Life In Amsterdam
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Life in Amsterdam was obviously made for all the foodies out there. What we love the most about this blog is the super simple way reviews are presented. One glance and you have all the key information, like: what is the place perfect for?, is it worth a bike ride?, the best features, etc. After exploring the blog, the places we picked up to try next time we’re in Amsterdam: Caffe Milo for sounding that fancy, and Bistro ‘t Stuivertje for sounding so friendly.
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Some of our favorite worldwide travel bloggers also had their Amsterdam adventure..

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Here’s the Amsterdam experience seen by Matthew from Nomadic Matt, and here Kate from Adventurous Kate tells you more about how she totally fell in love with dutch architecture

5 Romantic Getaways for Valentine’s Day

12 Feb

Ah, Valentine’s Day ! Cupid throws his arrow and it hits you on the head. Year after year, it’s the same dilemma. What to do ? Where to go ? How to celebrate ? In order to help you plan a spectacular Valentine’s Day, we have compiled a list of romantic travel destinations tried and tested by the Busbus team! Below are a few places that get our stamp of approval!

1) Manual Antonio, Costa Rica : If wild beaches, luscious vegetation and intimacy are on your list this Valentine’s Day, then Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica is definitely the place to go! Offering uniquely breathtaking views, the Manual Antonio National Park is one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world. Surrounded by rainforest, vast white sand beaches and coral reefs, there are plenty of places to be secluded with your Valentine, in total privacy (well, almost, you might find a few monkeys peeking..)!

Beach view inside Manuel Antonio Park in Costa Rica

2) Paris, France : Ask any person what cities come to mind in terms of romantic destinations and you’re sure to end up with Paris on this list. And with reason ! No matter where you go in the city of love, you’re constantly reminded of its romance. Gothic architecture, love letters that have survived the ages, charming cafés, vast gardens, city lights and the iconic Eiffel Tower: what more could one ask for? Whether a promenade along the Seine or a walk through the Marais, St. Germain-des-Pres, and the Latin Quarter, you’re sure to succumb to Paris’ charm. After all, the French are masters in the art of seduction!  So this Valentine’s Day, get lost in your partner’s eyes at a quaint coffee shop, pick up a sweet surprise at La Durée, and indulge in some of the best cuisine worldwide! While you are at it, why not add a little spice with a later night cabaret show?!

Notre-Dame-de-Paris by night. Photo credit: Kim Gradek

3) Quebec City, Canada : Longing for Paris but can’t cross the Atlantic ?  No worries, Quebec City will take you back in time to the most romantic ages. Opt for a “caleche” (horse carriage) ride through Quebec’s Historic town that dates back to the 18th century.  Then leisurely stroll through the Quartier Petit Champlain, where boutiques, cafés, art galleries and adorable restaurants line the winding streets. If the frosty weather is getting to you, head up to the Dufferin Terrace boardwalk for a panoramic view of the St Lawrence river, before stepping into the city’s rococo landmark, the Fairmount Le Château Frontenac, to warm up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate.

Quebec City streets at night, with the historic Chateau Frontenac on the hilltop

4) Napa Valley, California, USA : If the scenery alone isn’t enough to make you fall head over heels in love, the wine and food are sure to awaken your senses. California’s wine country is a treasure trove of romantic spots. And the Napa Valley has a few jewels that shine brighter than the rest. Be warned however, these jewels come don’t come cheap! Perched on Angwin Mountain, Cade winery‘s breathtaking view is second to none in the northern valley. Take advantage of it and sample delicious wines in an intimate interior decor or step outside to admire the splendors the terrace has to offer. Then, head over to Yountville for a visual feast and late afternoon tasting at the casually chic art gallery Ma(i)sonry. Finally, reserve a table at the Restaurant at Meadowood: you’re sure to be in for a treat! Chef Kostow and his brigade will leave your taste buds in awe.

Tasting Room at Cade winery - Angwin, Napa Valley, California. Photo Credit: Kim Gradek

5) Girona, Spain : Even though the Spaniards celebrate their romantic holiday in April, here’s a city who has it all and is the ideal romantic destination. Nestled away between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea, Girona’s charm is almost indescribable. A walk along the historic city’s walls will allow you to glimpse into the city’s rich cultural baggage. Also known as one of the main sources of world gastronomical creation, Girona is home to the second best restaurant in the world: El Celler de Can Roca.  History, amazing food and Spanish warmth, what more could one ask for? Great music! So be sure to stop by Lola Café and let the sounds of flamenco invade you as they revive your romance and passion.

Balconies at night in Girona, Spain

Photos by: LWY (Quebec City) and MarimbaJLamesa (Girona)

Holiday Travel: Don’t Miss The Magic of German Christmas Markets!

22 Dec

German Christmas Market. Photo by: gravitat~on

The days are getting colder and all is slowly turning white. If you’re traveling (hopefully by bus!) between now and early January, Germany has the perfect way to keep you warm and merry during the holiday season: the “Christkindlmarkt”.

The country’s bustling outdoor Christmas markets have been around since the Middle Ages and are an absolute must-see when in Germany! Every city’s square becomes a maze of stalls stocked with hand-crafted ornaments, unique gifts and local delicacies. Sweet perfumes of gingerbread and hearty aromas of roasting sausages entice your appetite, while the mulled wine is sure to keep you jolly through the night!

A Christmas Treat: Aachener Printens, Christmas Market, Germany. Photo by: Kim Gradek

More than six dozen markets spruce up around the country every year. To make your life easier we’ve selected a few based on history, charm and yummy treats. Even better, all are accessible by bus!

Nuremburg

As tradition has had it since 1628, a “Christkind” (a young woman dressed up as an angel) opens the Christmas bazaar on the first Advent at the end of November. With its 180 candy-cane striped wooden stalls, Nuremburg’s Christmas Market is famous for its delicious gingerbread cookies and fruit loaves, as well as beautiful Christmas tree ornaments, candles and prune-people! Visit the official website for details.

Nuremburg Christmas Market’s Famous Prune People. Photo by: Charley

Stuttgart

Attracting millions of visitors each year, Stuttgart’s winter wonderland is also not to be missed! The Christmas market is one of the largest and loveliest in Europe with over 200 stalls decorated down to the tee, a tradition that has been emphasized for the last 300 years. Unique specialties include Spätzle, a thick hand made noodles served with cheese sauce and Schupfnudeln, a delicious hash-brown served with apple sauce. Visit the official website for details.

Little houses to decorate for the village under your Christmas tree, one of many Christmas gift ideas available at Stuttgart’s Christmas Market, in Germany. Photo by: David Blackwell

Monschau

Just a few kilometres over the Belgian border and surrounded by the Eiffel Hills is one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Monschau’s Christmas market is quite small, but that shouldn’t stop you from strolling through the stone-paved streets, completely falling under the charm of its wooden buildings, tasting their exquisite mustard, and indulging in their chocolate treats in cafés around the village. Visit the official website for details.

Kim looking like Rod Stewart at Monschau’s Christmas Market in 2010

Photos by gravitat~on, charley1965 and David Blackwell. on Flickr.

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