London: Ghymkhana

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Our starters at Gymkhana

As I mentioned in the Dishoom post, this trip to London is all about Indian food! A few months ago I was at a lunch with an Indian family living in London and I asked for her list of best Indian restaurants. She gave me a list of 10 and I couldn’t wait for my next trip to London! First to check off the list – Gymkhana!

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London: Hidden City Hunt

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Exploring the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Koen and I have been to London many times, so it was exciting to hear that Nicole and Adam booked us a Hidden City Hunt! Another way to explore the city, solving riddles and stopping in pubs! We weren’t sure what to expect – but we had beautiful weather, great company, and a lot of fun!

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London: Dishoom

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Dishoom Breakfast

I can’t help it – if I’m in London I always go to Dishoom! Dishoom is inspired by the old Irani cafes in Bombay, a faded elegance, and is where you can find delicious street-style Indian cuisine. There are locations throughout London and I’ve already been to the ones in Kings Cross and Soho. Never disappoints.

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Het Gebaar

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The most beautiful and most delicious steak tartare in the world!

I love any excuse to eat at Het Gebaar – my favorite restaurant in Antwerp by Chef Roger Van Damme! This time we went with Koen’s parents to celebrate Dook’s birthday! Het Gebaar is located very close to our apartment right next to the Botanical Gardens. The cuisine is typically Belgian with local, seasonal ingredients and can’t-miss beautiful, fantastical desserts!

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OTR II Amsterdam (Beyoncé and Jay-Z)

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Beyoncé ❤

So exciting to see Beyoncé now a third time! First in Antwerp, Belgium, second time in Düsseldorf, Germany and now a third time with Jay-Z in Amsterdam, Netherlands for their On the Run II Tour! And for all three times I was with my sister-in-law Barbara ❤

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Hofbräuhaus in Munich

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The Platzl in downtown Munich where the Hofbräuhaus is located

I was in Munich, Germany for a quick stopover and only had an afternoon to explore – so of course I wanted to check out a Bavarian bräuhaus! I found out later that perhaps I chose the most touristy one in the city, but I really enjoyed having lunch at the more than 500 year old Hofbräuhaus, the most famous beer hall in Munich! I enjoyed a giant mug of Hofbräu Original, a pretzel, and 2 original Munich veal sausages!

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France: Cider & Calvados

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Driving up to Domaine Dupont

When we decided our trip to France would largely take place in Normandy, we knew we had to spend at least a little time on the Route du Cidre! In general France is most famous for its wine, but in Normandy it’s too cold to grow grapes – so they grow apples! That’s why when visiting the region you drink cider and calvados (an apple brandy). Yum!

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France: Courseulles-sur-Mer/Juno Beach

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Walking through town

While in Normandy, we used Courseulles-sur-Mer as our base for traveling. It’s a small town on the coast famous for its oysters (25% of oysters in France come from Courseulles-sur-Mer) and June Beach (one of the 5 D-Day beaches).

The town is very lovely and relaxing. When I researched Courseulles-sur-Mer before booking, I read it’s mostly a resort town with the houses owned by Parisians. I wish we had planned more time to enjoy the city – so beautiful and the seafood and fish are outstanding!

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France: Mont Saint Michel

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Arrived at Mont Saint Michel

Every since I studied in France in 2008, Mont Saint Michel has been on my mother’s and my wishlist to visit. Even though I’ve seen many photos, Mont Saint Michel still took my breath away when I saw it in person.

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France: French Open

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Family photo at the French Open

Ever since I moved to Belgium, my dad has wanted to attend the French Open aka Roland Garros. So this year we made it happen! We bought seats on the Suzanne Lenglen Court, named for the French tennis player who many regard as the greatest female tennis player in tennis history. La Divine (the Goddess – a nickname given by the French press), was the first female tennis celebrity / international female sports star and won 31 championship titles between 1914 – 1926.

I really love the colors of Roland Garros – the burnt orange with green and purple. So when it started raining and we had a 1 hour rain delay, I didn’t mind too much purchasing the French Open ponchos!

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