At the end of a rewarding road trip that led me to West and South Iceland and all the way into the highlands, I spent my last night in Iceland in Hotel Husafell. Hotel Husafell might be the exact opposite of Hotel Ranga I visited earlier: this hotel definitely relishes in the somewhat typical minimalistic scandi-style with lots of pale wood, white walls and slight grey accents. Although you could say this style isn’t exactly groundbreaking, I do find it to be very calming. Just something a – by now – very tired roadtripper might have special appreciation for.
Look, I’m not going to sugarcoat it for you guys; when you first arrive at Hotel Ranga you’re going to be overwhelmed… and also slightly puzzled by the interior. If you, like me, have been traveling inside Europe a lot of you probably got used to a certain minimalist aesthetic that’s super trendy in boutique hotels and interiors right now. Four star Hotel Ranga is… quite the opposite of minimal: lots of wood, art, a chandelier made of antlers, oh and taxidermy of a giant attacking polar bear to make you feel cozy in the hotel lobby.
If you google ‘things to do in Stockholm’, you’ll get a bunch of lists with the most visited museums/attractions in the city. Obivously, the website where you can buy a Stockholm Pass also has such a list.
Since Stockholm has somewhat become my second home, I thought I’d share my two cents on which Top 10 attractions are worth it:
Stockholm. The capital of Scandinavia. That’s what they call themselves, probably to the annoyance of people from Copenhagen, Oslo or Helsinki, I guess. But Stockholm really lives up to its name. The city is stunning and if you haven’t been there, I advise you to start making plans right away!
During the Easter weekend, I was in Stockholm for a few days. It was great to be back, I’ve been there a couple of times but hadn’t been able to return since the summer of 2015! Although the weather had been nice the days before, winter suddenly decide to come back for the Easter weekend. So that meant after a long day of walking around in the freezing city, we were craving for a nice hot bath. We decided to add a little extra to it. The bathroom of our deluxe room in Miss Clara Hotel was just the perfect setting to try one of the Lush Bath Bomb from Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics!
Last week I embarked on a cruise to Western Caribbean cruise on Holland America’s Oosterdam along with my dad. Arriving the day before from Europe, we needed a one-night stay in a hotel in Tampa. A lot of popular pre-cruise hotels are located in the Rocky Point Area west of the airport, but we opted for Le Méridien , a hotel in downtown Tampa, so we could do some exploring of the nearby surroundings and go for a walk to the historic Ybor City.
During our last visit to Prague my girlfriend and I stayed at the Boscolo hotel. Boscolo is a small Italian 5-star hotel chain, with hotels in Prague, Budapest, Nice, Rome, Venice and Milan. Having previously resided in Boscolo Exedra Nice and Boscolo Budapest, I had no doubt the hotel in Prague would be of the same superb quality.
Boscolo sure knows how to pick their hotels! As their hotel in Prague, Boscolo Budapest is located in an Italian Renaissance-style palace. The building from 1894 offers cozy but highly luxurious rooms for a pampered stay in Hungary’s romantic capital. The building is also home to the famous New York Café, which in itself is one of the must-see attractions Budapest has to offer!
Always wanted to do that Eurotrip? Just go for it!
Good. That was easy! So now that you’ve decided to embark on this awesome adventure, don’t just book a plane ticket to your favorite city and rent a car. Maybe don’t rent a car at all!
There are actually a few things I want to tell you about how to travel in Europe that might make your road trip a bit more enjoyable.