Jul 28, 2015
Jul 28, 2015 Monique Rubin
Jul 9, 2015
Jul 9, 2015 Monique Rubin
The Netherlands is gearing up for one of its most popular events, the North Sea Jazz Festival. Formerly held in The Hague, the festival moved to a larger venue in Rotterdam in 2006 and attracts upwards of 70,000 visitors each year. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the event, so in addition to its longevity, here are six more reasons to be “jazzed” about this festival:
May 19, 2015
May 19, 2015 Monique Rubin
|Photo credit: www.www.radiostadmontfoort.nl|
Mar 29, 2015
Mar 29, 2015 Monique Rubin
It’s hard to believe that just a generation ago, Lille, known as the “first factory of France”, was seen as nothing more than a gritty industrial town. I must say the city cleans up nicely, due in large part to it being the European Capital of Culture in 2004, and is now a not-to-miss destination for those in the know with numerous cultural attractions, restaurants and boutiques.
Mar 24, 2015
Mar 24, 2015 Monique Rubin
When I only have a short amount of time in a city or it’s my first trip, I’m usually an advocate for a Hop On-Hop Off bus tour. However, on a trip to Athens with my teen and tween queens, Miss P and Miss V, in an effort to minimize the eye rolling, sighing and overall whining, I aimed to find a tour that would engage them more than a basic HO-HO, and came across Scooterise.
Mar 16, 2015
Mar 16, 2015 Monique Rubin
|Photo credit: Vitality North London Half Marathon|
After completing the North London Half Marathon, I am happy to report that I have claimed another destination on my quest to run the world. Olympic gold medalist Mo Farrah fired the starting gun, and I, along with 7000 other runners including three buddies from my running group in Holland, took to the streets of North London for the inaugural event. Here’s my take on the event: the good, the bad and the ugly.
Mar 6, 2015
Mar 6, 2015 Monique Rubin
Marrakech is truly a vivacious city. A little too vivacious, truth be told, so during my recent visit, I found the Jardin Majorelle to be a welcome reprieve. Created in the 1920's by French painter Jacques Majorelle, this idyllic garden set in the center of the Ville Nouvelle neighborhood of Marrakech was made famous by the designer Yves Saint Laurent who purchased the property after Majorelle's death and gifted it to the city.
Nov 16, 2014
Nov 16, 2014 Monique Rubin
The Greek island of Santorini is known for the beautiful sapphire blue waters of the Aegean Sea that surrounds it, the houses carved into its cliffs that are stuff of architectural dreams, and of course, the white-washed buildings with blue domes that speckle the island like polka dots.
Oct 20, 2014
Oct 20, 2014 Monique Rubin
A race. In the fall. In Paris. Sounds pretty close to perfect to me! It also sounded good to 24,500 other people. 24,500 other people who were fast enough to register for the race before it sold out. Since I’ve never been one to let lack of speed deter me from running a race, I made my travel arrangements for Paris for said weekend with the faith that some how, some way, I would participate in the 20 Kilometre de Paris.
Oct 16, 2014
Oct 16, 2014 Monique Rubin
Not long ago, I had the opportunity to spend a day in Philadelphia. Not even a day, really. More like a few hours, so I wanted to maximize my time and see all that I could in that short period of time. I’ve always believed the best way to get an overview of a city is via a Hop On Hop-Off (HO-HO) bus. This is especially true if you are somewhere for the first and/or a very short amount time. You get the lay of the land, which, if you’re anything like me and have no sense of direction, is really helpful. Then there’s the commentary, which provides some history of place, and a bit local trivia.