Our Fave Five: Top 5 Cities We Visited

Sometimes a single city can make a trip somewhere worth every penny spent. The most important thing for us was how a city’s energy felt when we explored the tourist hot-spots as well as the off-the-beaten-path local hideaways. Interestingly enough, some of our favorite cities are not from our overall favorite countries. Additionally, going through the cities we visited, we quickly found out that narrowing the list down to a top five was nearly impossible. With that being said, we attempted the impossible and here are the five cities that stood out above the rest.

1. Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia and is one of those places that is easy to feel like home. We spend the second most time of any city in KL and loved every minute of it. The shopping is world-class and the food is full of flavor. We enjoyed all the modern amenities of the west but still had that South East Asian flavor we love.

2. Prague

If you were to ask us to pick one word to describe Prague, it would have to be “Magical!” One of the things that stands out about Prague is having the ability to get lost down narrow streets where discovering enchanting buildings is where memories are made. Prague, Czech Republic is not to be missed. Check out more fairytale photos from our night around Prague.

3. Kyoto

Japan is one of our favorite countries, so it’s no surprise that one of her cities made this list. What we love about Kyoto is the history. For over 1,000 years it was the capital of Japan making the town a living museum. With hundreds of temples and shrines, three palaces, and a multitude of culinary delights, Kyoto of a city we will visit for the rest of our lives. Want the best hotspots for viewing the cherry blossoms in Kyoto? Click here to check it out.

4. Seoul

How can the city that gave the world the song “Gangnam Style” not be amazing? Seoul, Korea fed more than just our desire to dance around like PSY, it fed our bellies with some of the world’s best street food scene. Couple delicious cuisine with eye-popping modern buildings and we had the receipt for a good time!

5. Edinburgh

Edinburgh has that relaxed vibe you would get from cities like Austin, TX, Berlin, Germany or Portland, Oregon. The people were amazingly nice and the city was jam packed with the perfect blend of nature, culture, and that flair the Scots are known for.

 

Because it was so difficult to pic just five cities, we thought it was worth mentioning five honorable mentions.

  1. Berlin, Germany (see how to bike around Berlin in a day)
  2. Santorini, Greece
  3. Marrakesh, Morocco (check out Bahia Palace)
  4. St. Petersburg, Russia
  5. Barcelona, Spain

We are two en route to add more favorite cities to the list

Sweet Treats around the World

If there is one thing you should know about us, it’s we love something a little sweet. When we had a kitchen to call our own, one thing we loved to do was bake. Since we no longer have that, we thought we would feed our sweet tooth with things from places we visited. Feed your sweet tooth with these amazing treats from around the world!

Belgium Chocolate

When we think of world famous chocolates, we think of Belgium! When the opportunity arose in Antwerp, Belgium to visit a chocolatier and try out hand crafted chocolates, we jumped with joy. We are glad we did because they did not disappoint! 

Popsicles in Asia

While popsicles are not specifically tied to just one part of the world, we did find that some of the cutest ones were in Malaysia, Southeast Asia, and Asia! Look how cute this panda pop was from the basement foodcourt in Bangkok’s Siam Paragon Mall. 

Swedish Princess Cake

We love a good piece of cake and we love marzipan, these two come together in Sweden’s Princess Cake. We were a little concerned when we saw that it was green, but decided to dive right in to a piece. The layers of sponge cake and cream topped with marzipan and powdered sugar were fit for a princess and a couple of queens. Click here to see the amazing underground art scene in Stockholm. 

Yogurt in Singapore

This was yogurt heaven! In Singapore we came across a yogurt place called Milk & Honey, specializing in artisan yogurts parfaits. Brad got the Matcha De Coco and it was mouth watering. Perfect treat for exploring Singapore day or night.

Czech Republic’s Trdelnik

One of the most common sweet treat we saw around Prague was the Trdelnik. Traditionally it is just the dough, grilled to the perfect golden brown over open coals with caramelized sugar on the exterior. However, Prague has many Trdelnik street vendors that have put their special twist on this treat. It was filled with ice cream and Nutella chocolate. Click here to see Prague at night!

Mango Sticky Rice Thai Street Food

Who knew mangos, rice, and condensed milk could taste so good? This sweet treat is a staple street food all around Thailand. It is so delicious in every bite. 

Churros Con Chocolate in Spain

Something sweet at breakfast is the best and Spain knows how to do it. Churros con chocolate is the breakfast that the entire nation loves. It’s so simple, and so delicious. Take a churro, dip it in chocolate, and enjoy it with a cup of coffee. Good morning! 

Belgium Waffles 

The second sweet from Belgium on our list is the waffle! We saw waffles of all kinds when traveling around Belgium.  We opted for the simple and traditional waffle with powdered sugar sprinkled on top. Simple divine. If you want a more over-the-top waffle, try one with fruits and chocolate on top.

Cheese Tarts through Asia

This is not your every-day cheese tart, it was made with matcha and love, it certainly was the best. The cheese tart is found all over Asia. It is a golden crust with perfectly baked cheese and filled with the creamiest cheese mousse. Melts right into your mouth.

Hong Kong Egg Waffles 

Another sweet and simple treat found across Asia and the egg waffle. It is basically a waffle baked in a special waffle iron that gives it the shape of little eggs. Generally it is baked with chocolate chips, cheese, or other little goodies to make it yummy. 

The Netherlands Stroopwafel

We may sound like a broken record but here is another type of waffle, however, this one is special. The Storopwafel is the delight of The Netherlands. It is two super thin waffles layers with a caramel-like syrup in the middle. 

Kaya Toast in Singapore 

Toast…yes, toast. Kaya toast is a popular breakfast in Malaysia and Singapore. Kaya is a special coconut jam (made with enough butter to make Paula Deen proud), spread between toast and served with a soft-boiled egg and a killer cup of coffee. 

Indonesian “Coffee” Drinks

We don’t know if we should classify this stuff as coffee or shakes, but we do know it was super delicious. Kopi Bali House in Bali, Indonesia made one of the best guilty-pleasure coffee drinks we have ever had. It was perfect after a hot day of exploring Ubud. Up next, seeing Tanah Lot at sunset!

Thai Rolled Ice Cream

Stir-fried ice cream or Thai rolled ice cream or whatever you want to call it, ice cream rolls were delicious. We first saw a youtube video of a street vendor making Thai-rolled ice cream, so of course when we saw a man making some with our own eyes, we treated ourself. Who would say no to a handmade ice cream dessert. After we indulged, we decided to have a fun night out on Koh Phi Phi Island.

We are two en route for more of the world’s sweet treats.

Urban Art Around Europe

Urban art is fascinating to us. We love how it involves artists from the community to bring new life into the city. For the past three months we have been collecting pictures of some of our favorites from around Europe. Enjoy!

Reykjavik, Iceland

 Laugavegur Street. The main shopping street in Reykjavik, Iceland 2016
Laugavegur Street. The main shopping street in Reykjavik, Iceland 2016

Brussels, Belgium 

 Comic Strip wall art around Brussel, 2016
Comic Strip wall art around Brussel, 2016

Oslo, Norway

 Street art around the corner from the music venue Blå in Oslo, Norway 2016
Street art around the corner from the music venue Blå in Oslo, Norway 2016

Berlin, Germany

 East Side Gallery. Berlin, Germany, 2016
East Side Gallery. Berlin, Germany, 2016

Prague, Czech Republic

 Lennon Wall in Prague, Czech Republic 2016
Lennon Wall in Prague, Czech Republic 2016

Stockholm, Sweden

  Subway art  in Stockholm, Sweden 2016. Check out our blog about more  subway art in Stockholm
Subway art in Stockholm, Sweden 2016. Check out our blog about more subway art in Stockholm

Frankfurt, Germany

 Art across form Frankfurt's main rail station, Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof. 2016
Art across form Frankfurt’s main rail station, Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof. 2016

Paris, France

 One of our encounter with European Urban art. Paris, France next to the Pompidou Museum 2012
One of our encounter with European Urban art. Paris, France next to the Pompidou Museum 2012

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