BIG NEWS: Travel Far, Eat Well is Moving!

If you saw my last post highlighting some of my adventures from the past year and what’s coming up next year, then this should be no surprise to you. For the past couple months, I’ve been researching and thinking about moving Travel Far, Eat Well to a self hosted website (travelfareatwell.com instead of travelfareatwell.wordpress.com). Well, I decided to take the leap and I’ve been working diligently this past week to get the new site up and running.

From now on, all new posts will appear on travelfareatwell.com instead of the site you’re currently reading this on. All of my WordPress and email subscribers will be moving to the new site with me. Although there’s one major change: WordPress subscribers (those with a WordPress account) will no longer receive email updates of new posts, the new posts will only appear in the WordPress reader. So, click here and fill in your email address and click ‘submit’ on the right side of the page to receive email updates of new posts.

BIG NEWS: Travel Far, Eat Well is Moving!

Now that I’m self hosting, I’ll be able to customize the new site to fit my vision for Travel Far, Eat Well. I’m excited to continue sharing my adventures and travel tips with you while also being able to personalize and improve Travel Far, Eat Well as it grows and evolves.

Whether you’re a longtime reader or this is your first time on my site, I hope you’ll choose to continue following my adventures. Check out the new look of Travel Far, Eat Well and don’t forget to sign up to receive posts by email – it only takes a few seconds!

I’m sure I’ll be working out some issues with the site move for the next several weeks. So, if you see any issues or have any questions or concerns, please shoot me an email at kate@travelfareatwell.com.

Kansas City’s Ethnic Enrichment Festival

One of the things I love the most about traveling is tasting the unique cuisine from different countries and regions around the world. The Ethnic Enrichment Festival held annually in Kansas City has been my escape to experience a small part of many of the countries I’m longing to explore. The Ethnic Enrichment Festival is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the country and features more than 60 different countries selling their native foods, crafts and performing ethnic music and dances. Booths line the event representing the unique cultures of countries from across the globe.

Kansas City's Ethnic Enrichment Festival

Kansas City's Ethnic Enrichment Festival

Kansas City's Ethnic Enrichment Festival

A pavilion is situated in the middle of the event and features a demonstration from the many countries represented at the festival. The demonstrations range from traditional dances to music and singing that symbolize the cultures and traditions of each country.

Kansas City's Ethnic Enrichment Festival

This festival is the perfect way to get exposed to a variety of different cultures and foods from around the world without leaving the comfort of home. I love the opportunity to taste the cuisine from countries that I’m considering trips to because I can get a better idea of what to expect once I get there. Plus, tasting the native cuisine gets me even more excited for future adventures to far away lands. On the flip side, this festival is the easiest way for me to feast on all my favorite dishes from the countries I have visited. There’s no way you’ll catch me leaving the festival without devouring a nutella crepe from France and patatas bravas from Spain (just a couple of my favorites).

Kansas City's Ethnic Enrichment Festival

Kansas City's Ethnic Enrichment Festival

The festival is held in Swope Park and the venue offers free parking with an event admission fee of $3 for adults and free for children 12 and under. The different booths determine prices for the food and crafts that are sold representing the various countries. This event is the perfect opportunity for families to explore cultures unfamiliar to their own. The children are offered a “passport” when entering the festival which can be used to collect passport stamps from the many countries represented at the festival.

Kansas City's Ethnic Enrichment Festival

If you’ve been itching to travel but can’t make it happen at the moment, then definitely make plans to check out the Ethnic Enrichment Festival each August in Kansas City. Spend an afternoon sampling delicious dishes from around the world while watching traditional dances and demonstrations performed on the festival stage.

Have you experienced Kansas City’s Ethnic Enrichment Festival? What is your favorite travel related festival?

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of Amsterdam are the miles upon miles of canals that weave their way through the city. It’s an adventure in itself to just wander through the city strolling up and down the endless canals. I think it’s incredible how many canals there are, but yet each one is still unique and so picturesque. The beauty of this extraordinary city is best conveyed through pictures so spend a few minutes and pretend you’re strolling through these stunning Dutch streets.

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

[Photo Essay] Canals of Amsterdam

Have you been to Amsterdam? What is your favorite thing to do there?

In Photos: Watching the Sunset from the Sacré Cœur

In Photos: Watching the Sunset from the Sacré Cœur

A visit to the city of love just wouldn’t be complete without spending an evening watching the sun set over this iconic city. One of the top spots to relax and watch the sunset is from the steps of the Sacré Cœur in Montmartre. Many tourists and locals flock to the steps below the Sacré Cœur every evening at dusk to watch the sky change colors as the sun dips below the horizon. Bring a bottle of wine, some macaroons and good company to relax and enjoy the beautiful view. With the Sacré Cœur towering behind and the majestic scenery in front of you, it’s the perfect spot to unwind after a long day exploring the many wonders of Paris.

In Photos: Watching the Sunset from the Sacré Cœur

In Photos: Watching the Sunset from the Sacré Cœur

In Photos: Watching the Sunset from the Sacré Cœur

In Photos: Watching the Sunset from the Sacré Cœur

In Photos: Watching the Sunset from the Sacré Cœur

In Photos: Watching the Sunset from the Sacré Cœur

Where is your favorite spot to watch the sunset in Paris? Have you watched the sunset from the Sacré Cœur?

Discover Amsterdam’s Secret Garden

Discover Amsterdam's Secret Garden

Amsterdam is a maze of bicycle paths, canals, and a never-ending stream of people all going about their daily activities. Amsterdam is a unique and exciting city that holds surprises and interesting adventures around every corner. The fast-paced lifestyle makes it easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the city.

Discover Amsterdam's Secret Garden

Unknown to many, Amsterdam hides a peaceful little oasis right in the middle of the city center. This beautiful oasis, known as the Begijnhof with the nickname of the Secret Garden of Amsterdam, is tricky to find but you’ll be glad you did as it gives a much needed break from the rush of people and city life.

The Begijnhof is a quiet courtyard that was originally a sanctuary for the “Beguines” sisterhood. Nowadays, the houses enclosing the Begijnhof are occupied by older single women. This courtyard is one of the oldest inner courts in the city of Amsterdam and holds a beautiful 15th century English Church on the south side of the courtyard.

Discover Amsterdam's Secret Garden

Discover Amsterdam's Secret Garden

The courtyard is lined with traditional Amsterdam-style town houses surrounding a peaceful green space hidden between Amsterdam’s busy streets. The Secret Garden is the perfect quiet spot to relax and enjoy the slow-paced side of Amsterdam.

Discover Amsterdam's Secret Garden

Discover Amsterdam's Secret Garden

The Begijnhof is a hidden gem in this city, literally, since it’s not easily found by travelers. It’s mentioned in many guidebooks, but often gets skipped because people can’t find it or don’t want to spend the time looking for it. Don’t make that mistake! You would be missing out on such an unexpected, peaceful little haven right in the heart of the city.

Discover Amsterdam's Secret Garden

Since the houses in the Begijnhof are still occupied, it’s customary to remain quiet and respect their privacy while exploring the courtyard. It’s free to enter and the main entrance is located off Gedempte Begijnensloot (see the map below to better help you find this hidden oasis).

Have you been to the Begijnhof in Amsterdam? What did you think? Is this somewhere you want to visit on your next trip to Amsterdam?

The Best Spot to Eat French Fries in France

The Best Spot to Eat French Fries in France

Two things..

One. I know, I know, I know, French fries aren’t actually French… they’re Belgian. BUT, Sant and I traveled through the Netherlands, Belgium and France and we tried the fries in almost every city we visited and the best fries we came across were in France. Although this particular shop is a Belgian Friterie (fry shop) so I think that makes it an acceptable best spot for fries. What more fitting city to find these delicious French fries in than the gastronomic capital of France and of the world, Lyon.

Two. I realize that everyone will have a different opinion on what the best fries in this region are, but I wanted to share mine because these fries were incredible. So here it goes…

Since the late 20th century, Lyon has built a solid reputation as the gastronomic capital and being the food lovers that we are, we couldn’t wait to explore Lyon and all of its culinary delights. We ate a lot of delicious food during our time in Lyon, but one thing we couldn’t stop talking about for days and even weeks after was the French fries at Friterie Bintje & Zoet.

The Best Spot to Eat French Fries in France

Bintje & Zoet is a small fry shop in the heart of Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon). It sits on one of the most popular streets in Vieux Lyon, Rue Saint-Jean, so it’s in a great location and is super easy to find. The only thing we tried here were the French fries, so I can’t attest to the other food but if it’s anything like the fries then I’m sure it’s mouthwatering.

The Best Spot to Eat French Fries in France

Sant and I decided to stop here since it was close to the apartment we were staying in and we bought a grand cornet (cone) of fries to share. In hindsight, we really should have bought two because after tasting them, I don’t think either of us wanted to share. I think the thing that makes these fries infinitely better than ones from home are that these are thicker and double fried which make them super crispy and oh, so delicious.

The Best Spot to Eat French Fries in France

I love to dunk my fries in sauce so, of course, I couldn’t pass up trying the different sauces. My favorite ended up being the mayonnaise sauce which is pretty typical to eat with Belgian fries. Sant loved the andalouse sauce which had a little kick to it and was really good (I’ll admit, I loved it too!).

During one of our days in Lyon, we bought a grand cornet of fries and took it back to our apartment. After devouring it, Sant says “I think I’m going to go back and get more.” I laughed, but he was so serious about it, he walked back down the street and returned a few minutes later with another grand cornet of fries… which we devoured, again.

I definitely recommend visiting Lyon as it ended up being one of our favorite cities on our trip. Lyon is a foodie’s paradise with some of the most delicious food in the world. If you find yourself in Lyon, do not miss trying the fries at Bintje & Zoet in Vieux Lyon. They are affordable, crispy, and downright mouthwatering, so don’t skip the best fries in France! 

Have you ever been to Bintje & Zoet? Where have you eaten the best fries?

[Photo Essay] Red Doors of Bruges

Sant and I spent an afternoon aimlessly biking around Bruges, mostly in the residential areas since it was less crowded and we wanted to get a better picture of what real life in Bruges is like. Street after street revealed some of the most colorful and unique houses and doors so we made it our mission to search for red doors. We really could have chosen any color to search for because there was so much variety, but we thought the red doors were really unique. Not only was there so much variety with the color of doors, but just the variety of red doors was amazing! Narrow red doors, wide red doors, new red doors, tattered red doors, bright red doors, dull red doors, and everything in between.

[Photo Essay] Red Doors of Bruges

[Photo Essay] Red Doors of Bruges

[Photo Essay] Red Doors of Bruges

[Photo Essay] Red Doors of Bruges

[Photo Essay] Red Doors of Bruges

[Photo Essay] Red Doors of Bruges

[Photo Essay] Red Doors of Bruges

[Photo Essay] Red Doors of Bruges

[Photo Essay] Red Doors of Bruges

[Photo Essay] Red Doors of Bruges

[Photo Essay] Red Doors of Bruges

Do you have a favorite city with really unique doors? Do you have a favorite door from the photos above?