Delicious chocolates & ice cream from Didier Smeets (BE)

You may never have heard about the locality “Berneau” or the municipality of Dalhem in Belgium, so I’ll explain where it is, because there’s a place there you should absolutely check out! 🙂 Where is Berneau?! About 17km South of Maastricht, 19km North of Liège and 34km West of Aachen. Your recommended destination is “Didier…

The best scoops in Milan (IT)

I have travelled to Milan several times over the years, but I was never able to focus 100% on my quest for the best gelato in town, simply because my visits were mainly focused on work! Each of my visits to Milan gave me a glimpse of a different area of Milan, of different monuments, food, restaurants,…

The sights & delicacies of Hoi An (Vietnam)

Although Hoi An was one of the most touristy places I visited, it made it to my Top 3 favourite places in Vietnam. Why?! What I loved about Hoi An Colourful and inviting shops, restaurants and houses. They looked pretty even after dusk, when all their hanging lanterns were lit up Excellent food! All the…

Visiting Sapa, Vietnam’s northern mountain region

Sapa lies about 1500 meters high, 380 km north-west of Hanoi, close to the border with China. According to Wikipedia, 5 ethnic minorities live around Sapa: 52% of which are Hmong and 25% Dao. I arrived in Sapa in the early hours of dawn, after a night in an overnight train from Hanoi. There were…

Vietnam: one of my favourite destinations

A few years ago I spent 3 weeks visiting Vietnam, from Hanoi in the North, down to the Mekong Delta in the South, passing by the popular Ha Long Bay and its thousands of little limestone islands, then over the mountainous region of Sapa, the colourful city of Hoi An, and the capital Ho Chi…

Korean bingsu snow flake dessert in Düsseldorf (Germany)

A year ago, I was telling you about the Korean and Japanese-style shaved ice desserts I tried in Bangkok. Today, I am excited to share the experience of my first Korean bingsu in Germany, in the city of Düsseldorf! 🙂 Did you know that Düsseldorf has the thirst largest Japanese community in Europe (about 11…

2017 Traveller’s Scoops Award: the winner is…

Until October I was unsure who would win this prestigious ( 😉 ) award! But then I travelled to Portugal in Autumn and tried several really good ice cream shops! It was a real treat to have such delicious ice cream at that time of the year! We were very lucky with weather: sun on most days…

2017 Traveller’s Scoops Award: the contenders

As last year I’d like to share with you my most favourite ice cream shop of the past year! Main criteria that have an impact on how much I love an ice cream place: Artisan made ice cream, with fresh and natural ingredients/flavours Original flavours on offer – this determines whether I just like a…

Behind the scenes: 2017 infographic

I’d like to start the New Year by sharing some interesting facts and figures about Traveller’s Scoops blog:  how many different ice cream shops do you think I tried in 2017?! Which countries do readers visit from? Please click here to view the original infographic in a readable size! I wish you all a wonderful…

A few stops in the German Moselle wine-growing valley

Germany’s National Holiday “Tag der Deutschen Einheit” is celebrated on 3rd October and commemorates the reunification of Germany in 1990. Thanks to this, I had a long weekend off from work and was able to tick off one more destination from my wish list of places to visit in Germany. I’ve been wanting to visit some towns…

24h in Bern, the beautiful capital of Switzerland

Have you also noticed how the trips you look forward to the most are often the ones that turn into travel fiascos?! I didn’t take many days off during the summer months, so my only holiday trip to a “new” place was to Switzerland for a wedding. I had planned to travel to Bern by train: the trip was…

Eiscafé Panciera, Eupen (BE)

Every few months I set off to Eupen, a city in the Belgian province of Liège (15 km from the German and Dutch borders) and combine the useful and enjoyable tasks of getting my hair cut, then getting an ice cream from Panciera, a lovely Italian ice cream shop located on the market square. Ice cream is made…