My 2016 travels

This is the post I was meant to publish last week but I couldn't finish it on time. Let's revisit the places that I travelled to in 2016.



On New Year's Day I travelled to Bruges. I had been there before but it is such a nice place so that I don't mind revisiting it once in a while. 


While I was in the area, I also went to Ghent. It was my first visit and I fell in love with this city. There are nice places to see, shop and eat at. I would say that Ghent and Antwerp are my favourite cities in Flanders. 


I was so lucky to have a weekend full of sunshine in Nice. It was my first time in the south east of France and I absolutely loved it. 


From Nice I took a day trip to Monaco. I had seen it many times before on TV because when I used to watch Formula One, the Monaco Grand Prix used to be my favourite track. 


Los Angeles

LA - still my favourite US city. It's always exciting to drive around the boulevards, go shopping and just enjoy. 

Las Vegas

I didn't have such a great time in Las Vegas as I had on two previous occasions. It was nice to see Mariah Carey's show at Caesars on Valentine's Day though. 



I went for a weekend to London with my blogger friend Juliet. We had a nice dinner in Mayfair, saw the Vogue 100 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and we visited the Sky Garden.



Initially I was going to Capri by myself but when my Canadian blogger friend Tiffany decided to join me, I was really happy. We ate great food, went on a private boat tour around the island and to Positano. Overall we had such a fun time!


I think it was Tiffany's idea to visit Pompeii while we were in the area. We had a private guided tour, which lasted for four hours but went by too quickly. 


We didn't stay long in Positano. We just wandered around and after a couple of hours, it was time to get back on the boat. 


Los Angeles

In May I went back to LA for ten days.

On my way to Palm Springs, I stopped at Joshua Tree. While I do love big cities, I equally love spending time in the desert, just by myself. 

Palm Springs - I'm not a lying on the beach / by the pool person but for once I did it and it felt good. 



The weekend in Paris... that's when I was running for my life as there was a scare while I was watching football at the Champ de Mars. Probably one of the scariest moments of 2016. After that, I have been a bit reluctant about big crowds. But life goes on!


Summer in London is always nice. I remember going to my favourite spots and catching up with Claire for brunch. 



I expected a quiet weekend in Zurich but as soon as I got into the city centre, I realised that the world's largest technoparade was on. It was fun to see people's costumes and everyone was in a very merry mood. I got to catch up with my friends Irina and Björn. Good memories.

New York

I thought about going back to LA for a third time but decided against it and headed to the East Coast instead. The last time I had been in NYC was during a super cold winter in 2015. I still have a scar from when I slipped on ice. Summers in NYC are very hot but I love it. I also got to visit One World Trade Center, which was one of the highlights. 


From New York I flew to Toronto which had been on my travel list ever since I had been following Tiffany's blog. It was great to see all the places that she goes to for real. I really appreciated the fact that she took the time to show me around. We made great memories. I can't wait to travel with her this summer! 



I hadn't been to Milan for about two years, so it was time to pay a visit to Italy's most stylish city. I had a superb dining experience at VUN and I got to catch up with my friend Giovanna. 



I wanted to go on another long distance trip but as I had been to the American continent three times already, I thought that it was time to travel to Asia for a change. I had never been to Singapore and this is why I picked this destination. It was more a case of checking it off my list. I did have a pleasant time but it was not as amazing as Kuala Lumpur. 

Kuala Lumpur

The flight from Singapore to KL only took about an hour or so. As soon as I landed I knew that this place was different. I enjoyed every minute of my stay and it was great to be shown around by a local, my friend Sri, who I knew from my uni days in London. There are places that I visit and I know that I will most likely not go back again but with KL it's different. I shall be back for sure!



New Year's eve in London... I went on a romantic rooftop dinner date and it was the best weekend of the entire year!


2016 was tough on many levels. How can your life be tough when you're always travelling and out having fun? Well, I went through many very unpleasant experiences related to work, family, love life. One thing I did though was to always believe that eventually it would all be fine... and now it is. 

I'm grateful for everything that life has given me. Very grateful to still be in touch with people that I have known since childhood, secondary school, uni, through work, blogging. Travelling and material stuff aside; what really matters is how we relate to others. It's true when they say that some people will come into our lives for a reason, for a season or for a lifetime. 



  1. You've been some places! I used to live in LA so it has a special place in my heart. I revisited over Christmas and fell even more in love with it.

    Abigail Alice x

  2. What a wonderful travels you had, I enjoyed reading it from top to bottom. Wishing you happy new year!


  3. Violette7.1.17

    You are so lucky to have the opportunity to go around the world! I can't wait to see where you will travel this year :)


  4. So true, is something I learnt as well but only growing up. Wow, so amazed by all the destinations, isnt Toronto so stunning? Love that city. I see u really love London, glad u could spent a lovely time during the NYE. Have a good weekend Anouk! xo

  5. Rach7.1.17

    I am so jealous of all of your travels! I wish I visited all those places!


  6. Siffat Haider7.1.17

    You traveled so much in 2016! I hope to travel more in 2017!

  7. Oh wow, what an absolutely fantastic year packed full with travels! I'm completely obsessed with Bruges and so love that you spent New Year's Day there, how special. I'm so looking forward to seeing where you head to in 2017 :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  8. Looks like 2016 was filled with so many memories around traveling =o)

    Happy New year!


  9. Oh thanks for share all these amazing and beautiful photos with us
    Your 2016 looks amazing


  10. Dolce Nina7.1.17

    Love all these photos! x

  11. You've been to so many places! I love it. I'm glad you liked LA, my home! Can't wait for more travel related posts xx


  12. You went to so many amazing places. Happy New Year hun xx


  13. You are so inspiring my 2017! I will love to see Ghent and Kuala Lumpur this year!
    Happy new year dear and more adventure for us all!


  14. Wow, looks like you had such a well-travelled year Anouk! Sorry to hear that you had so many unpleasant experiences, but I hope 2017 turns out to be a great year for you :)

  15. kenza dwn8.1.17

    Great article ! I was happy to follow you through your travels this year.
    I'm happy everything is better for you know and you definitely meet people for a reason.
    2016 was the year where I discovered who my true friends were and I'm glad I didn't keep in touch with the other.

    Again, happy new year !

    Kenza from http://travelwithkenza.blogspot.co.uk/

  16. You really had some amazing adventures in travel during the past year! I hope that all the unpleasant experiences are now behind you and that 2107 will be filled with many pleasant ones! I would agree that how we relate to others is really so important and certain people are just meant to be in our lives.

  17. leah rachel8.1.17

    0h my god, you've been to so many incredible places. It must be amazing to travel to such beautiful cities. The photos of London are my favourite, I love visiting there myself :)

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

  18. Radi8.1.17

    Amazing travel diary. I love it. It's awesome that you've been to Vegas (I live in Las Vegas) and the end of last year I also saw Mariah Carey's show. Did you enjoy it?


  19. Beautiful photos! You went to so many amazing places last year! :) xx


  20. Pamela RG9.1.17

    Ayour travel adventures are always fun to read about. Wishing more happy and safe travels.

  21. Christina Cenci9.1.17

    Great post! Your photos are so unique and beautiful :)
    - www.youthofthesun.com

  22. You had such an amazing itinerary for 2016 and I loved living vicariously through your travels! I always love your photography and perspective, it's so refreshing and unique. Can't wait to see what this year will bring for you!


  23. omg you went to so many places in 2016 I am so jealous. I don't think I went anywhere besides Vancouver haha

  24. You went to such cool places! It's amazing x

    Jessica — NinetyCo

  25. Monique | WritingMonique9.1.17

    Wow! You saw some amazing places! <3!

  26. Terrific photos! Hope your 2017 keeps all that you're grateful for!

    <3 Stef
    for vanity's sake

  27. I wish I could travel as often as you do! These are some great places you've visited, and I hope you will visit many more this year! Yeah, 2016 was a tough year, so I am glad it's over. Hope that 2017 will be a great one!

  28. omg you went to so many places in 2016 !! Beautiful photos!

  29. You went to so many awesome places in 2016! Sorry to hear you had some lows as well. Hopefully you have less of those in 2017! Looking forward to seeing your next adventures.

  30. Oh my goodness, I am so envious of your year!! I wish I could travel that much! Happy New Year :)


  31. Didier Young10.1.17

    You went to so many wonderful places in 2016! Absolutely jealous! Hopefully you can see as many people this year!


  32. Such an amazing year of travel for you, babe!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  33. Anouk,
    Your 2016 travels so inspire me! I'm impressed that you travel to North America several times of year. For some reason, I always think of a cross-atlantic flight as a once a year kind of thing, but you've changed my mind. I don't know how many times I've thought Oh it would be great to visit Paris this week or go to Rome over Easter" but then I never do it because of this strange thing holding me back. Anyway, here's to all the travel in 2017!


    Love, Mary

  34. Amazing photos lovely! Wishing you all the best for 2017 x

    Nev | Miss Nev

  35. This is such a fun and cool experiences :)

    - Lily Kanaya

  36. Jane Fitfabfun11.1.17

    WOW! You truly had an amazing year of 2016! Can't wait to see what 2017 is going to bring!
    Happy New Year!
    xo, Jane

  37. I loved the show! She is just amazing ;)

  38. 2016 was a good year to travel for you! I'm glad your hardships have faded away now, and I hope these trips helped soothe you. As for the people who come and go, I cannot agree more. The more time goes by, I find this to be so true. The key is to just be ok (even if it hurts), to let those who are only pass, go their way. In the end it's all for the best. Hope 2017 will be another good year of travels and good memories!

  39. It was so awesome travelling to Italy with you this year and when you came to visit Toronto!! I can't believe that the time went by so fast..it's only a few months until a year since Capri. The memories from that trip make me want to visit Europe again this year as well but I'm really excited for our summer adventure! :)

    & I'm glad that things are getting better for you now!

  40. Gil Zetbase29.1.17

    Awesome pics!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase


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