9 years in Aachen (Germany) & still a lot to explore!

While commuting to work have you ever been tempted by any path leading in another direction and wondered where it leads to? I certainly have! And I’ve enjoyed the occasions when I have finally explored those areas! I started my recent holiday with the idea of spending the first few days at home, in Aachen…

Ice cream season 2020!

Although it’s barely been 2 weeks since the last snow, I notice how Spring is getting closer: daffodils, crocuses and snowdrops are blooming and … ice cream shops are reopening after their Winter break! 🙂 Here are some shops that recently reopened: Der verrückte Eismacher, Munich (Germany) Gelateria Mos Eisley, Berlin (Germany) opened again on…

Korean 빙수 bingsu milk snow flake dessert in Aachen (Germany)

I like to keep an eye out for new restaurants and cafés to try around Aachen, the German city I live in. I have spotted some new places before their official opening, I have read about others in local magazines… and sometimes I just stumble upon places I hadn’t noticed before! Just over a week…

A lovely walk on the heights of Fribourg (Switzerland)

Fribourg / Freiburg is a city for which I always feel the need to specify “in Switzerland” when I talk about it, to avoid confusion with Freiburg in Germany. Two different cities, however both founded by the Zähringer family during the 12th century! I really like the two cities, but it’s the Swiss Fribourg I…

Hidden highlights of Bern (Switzerland)…

I was back in Bern on Saturday and I realised it was my first time to be there while shops were open! My previous visits were in the evening, on a Sunday or on a bank holiday. I was therefore happy to walk around the city less this time and take a leasurely look at…

Tip#1 for coping with ice cream shop Winter breaks

Since October I’ve been getting many notifications in my news feeds about this and that ice cream shop going on Winter break (in Europe). We will have to wait patiently until March / April 2019 before they open again… That seems such a long time… what should we do: shall we quit ice cream until…

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,…

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…