It’s been 2 months since I updated this blog. Yes, I’ve been traveling – a lot. Since the 15th of December 2018, my husband and I have traveled to 8 different cities/towns in 4 countries in 3 continents. We had such a wonderful time in each of these places. Here’s a quick snapshot of where we’ve been.
On 16-18 December, we visited Strasbourg for their annual Christmas Market. Our visit was a couple of days following the active shooting incident where some tourists have died. An unfortunate event, a senseless act. But Strasbourg remained resilient and everyone were back on their feet few days later. There was a heavy military presence in the city but their professionalism didn’t dampen the spirit of Christmas festivities in the area.
Strasbourg is said to be the Christmas capital of the world and has one of the oldest Christmas Market – 450 years old, they say!
This city also known for its good food and white wine – they are the home of best foie gras in France.
Philippines (Montalban, Tagaytay, Batangas City)
From 28 December to 14 February, we spent our holidays at home – the Philippines. It is a tradition for us to celebrate the New Year with my family back at home.
A trip to the Philippines means eating a lot. One of our favorite food to have is ramen.
To celebrate our anniversary, we visited Tagaytay City, where we had our wedding a year ago. We love having breakfast at Bag of Beans with a view of the Taal Volcano.
I also take the opportunity to have Filipino breakfast whenever I’m home. Breakfast for Filipinos is a serious business. We love our rice, meat and eggs. Here, i I had dried beef (tapa) in a garlicky sauce, fried rice, and fried eggs.
We then went to Batangas City for some time with the sea. We stayed at Punta Fuego. A bit expensive for what it is but hey, they have their own private beaches… that’s good enough for us.
Snorkeling at their private sanctuary is my favorite part, especially when we get to have an entire beach to ourselves on certain time of the day.
We also witnessed a friend’s sunset wedding by the beach. This wedding was the reason why we chose to celebrate our wedding anniversary in Batangas City.
New York, New York
After only being back in Geneva for a week from our holiday in the Philippines, we had to pack our bags again and this time to New York. I was there for work and Aaron joined me to visit his friends and the place he once called home.
This concrete jungle will never cease to amaze me. My favorite parts of this trip is being able to share the experience with my husband and being able to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
I was lucky to have all my meetings and our office next to the famous New York landmarks. So, while we didn’t really explore places outside Manhattan, we’ve probably done the popular “to dos” for tourists in New York.
After 10 days in New York, coming home in Geneva, I had a day to recover. Aaron’s parents came to visit us so we decided to take them to Gruyères, Switzerland.
Gruyères for me shows the summary of the best of Switzerland. This is why I like taking visiting family and friends in this little town. Gruyères is also particularly magical during winter, when the place is covered in snow.
The following day, before saying goodbye to Aaron’s parents, we took them to my second home in Switzerland – Montreux. Montreux is one my favorite places in Geneva.
After driving to Montreux and taking the parents back to Geneva, we drove straight to Chamonix to spend the weekend with some of my favorite people in the world.
One of my favorite things to do during winter is renting a chalet for the weekend with friends. Chamonix is ski destination but this little town can also be enjoyed by non-skiers.
For now, we are back in Geneva and trying to recover from these wonderful trips. I’m having one the worst jetlags I’ve ever had. So, my weekend plan right now is to stay at home, cook, relax, and sleep more.