Author Profile: Kate Slean

Petite Adventures

A wanderluster, fashion fiend, and list maker extraordinaire, Kate is a 30-year-old Canadian navigating life in Madrid, traveling Europe and writing about it.

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Two Days in Tallinn

Two Days in Tallinn

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is the capital and largest city in Estonia. This small capital, located on the Gulf of Finland, has a big history, one that can be discovered as you wander and explore it's narrow streets and medieval...   view more

48 Hours in Marrakech

48 Hours in Marrakech

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech is the third largest city in Morocco, after Casablanca and Rabat, and lies near the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and just a few hours from the Sahara...   view more

Best Views in Madrid

Best Views in Madrid

Madrid, Spain

Madrid is the capital of Spain, and one of the most stunning cities in Europe. Use this guide to find the best places to take in the best views of the...   view more

Day Trip to Segovia

Day Trip to Segovia

Segovia, Spain

The perfect day trip from Madrid, Segovia is a historic city in central Spain. Its centuries of settlement have resulted in a rich architectural legacy, including medieval walls, Romanesque churches, a former royal palace and a Gothic...   view more

Travel Diary: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Travel Diary: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Las Palmas is a capital of Gran Canaria, one of Spain's Canary Islands off northwestern Africa. A major cruise-ship port, the city is known for duty-free shopping and for its sandy...   view more

Travel Diary: Barcelona

Travel Diary: Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is defined by quirky art and architecture, imaginative food and vibrant street...   view more

Day Trip to Sintra

Day Trip to Sintra

Sintra, Portugal

Located just a short train ride from Lisbon, Sintra has a population of just under 380,000, but given its UNESCO World Heritage status, hordes of tourists flock to the city each day. It's a colourful medieval town with many interesting...   view more

Guide to 36 Hours in Brussels

Guide to 36 Hours in Brussels

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium is an amazing city, with so much to offer. Make the most of your short time in Brussels by checking out the attractions in this...   view more

24 Hours in Prague

24 Hours in Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic, as well as the historical capital of Bohemia. Prague is a city with a rich history and one that can be easily explored in 24...   view more

One Night in Bratislava

One Night in Bratislava

Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava is the capital and largest city in Slovakia. It’s a small capital city, but one that packs a big punch. Explore the city and it's iconic sights in just one...   view more

Budapest: Exploring Pest

Budapest: Exploring Pest

Budapest, Hungary

Explore the Pest side of Budapest Hungary, from Heroes Square to the Hungarian Parliament Building, seeing all the sights, statues and monuments, in just 24...   view more

Your Guide to Valencia

Your Guide to Valencia

Valencia, Spain

Located on the Mediterranean Sea, Valencia is Spain's third-largest city and home to the national dish, paella. A mix of historic charm and modern architecture, enjoy a few days in...   view more

Salamanca: A Day Trip from Madrid

Salamanca: A Day Trip from Madrid

Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca is located in the Spanish province of Castilla y León some 200km west of Madrid, and just 80km east of the Portuguese border. It is one of the most important university cities in all of Spain, and it's the perfect day trip from...   view more

Best Parks in Madrid

Best Parks in Madrid

Madrid, Spain

Explore the green heart of Madrid, Spain by visiting one of the cities most famous green spaces. Perfect for an afternoon stroll, or a weekend nap, these are the best parks in the Spanish...   view more

Avila: A Day Trip from Madrid

Avila: A Day Trip from Madrid

Avila, Spain

Avila is famous for many different reasons. For many, it’s notable because of its ties to Saint Teresa of Jesus, and its claim to being the town with the highest number of Romanesque and Gothic churches per capita in...   view more

The Best of Madrid in 24 Hours or Less

The Best of Madrid in 24 Hours or Less

Madrid, Spain

Madrid is a massive city with many things to see, do and taste. It’s easy to spend days exploring the different barrios. But, what if you only have a one? With a little hustle, you can easily explore Madrid in just 24 hours or...   view more

700 Steps: Exploring Taormina

700 Steps: Exploring Taormina

Taormina, Italy

I feel like the same thing happened with Taormina. After booking our cheap flights to Catania Dave suggested that we travel a bit further up the coast to Taormina. Until this point, I had never heard of...   view more

The Petite Adventures Guide to Bruges, Belgium

The Petite Adventures Guide to Bruges, Belgium

Brugge, Belgium

When planning our recent trip through Belgium and the Netherlands one of the towns we knew we couldn’t miss was Bruges.Although small (the historic centre covers approx.430 hectares), this charming Belgian town is quite cosmopolitan and...   view more

The Petite Adventures Guide to Ghent, Belgium

The Petite Adventures Guide to Ghent, Belgium

Ghent, Belgium

A beautiful city, Ghent was first established in the mid-600s, and thanks to its location (at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Leie) it rose to through the ranks to become one of Europe’s most popular and richest cities by the late-Middle...   view more

Favourite Places and Space in Madrid

Favourite Places and Space in Madrid

Madrid, Spain

One of the perks of moving to a new city (and not working) is having the opportunity to explore. Thanks to two bus tours, a free walking tour and countless hours of getting lost, I’ve had the chance to see A LOT of...   view more

Petite Adventures’ Guide to Rotterdam

Petite Adventures’ Guide to Rotterdam

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam is the second-largest municipality in the Netherlands, and in so many ways it’s the exact opposite of Amsterdam, which is the largest. Where Amsterdam is old and historic, Rotterdam is new, modern and oftentimes, a little...   view more

Best Mac ‘n’ Cheese in Leeds

Best Mac ‘n’ Cheese in Leeds

Leeds, England

Mac’n’cheese isn’t most peoples’ go-to dish for fall, but it should be. I mean, think about it, it’s warm, it’s filling, its main ingredient is cheese: mac ‘n’ cheese is the perfect fall...   view more

Where to Grab a Pint in Leeds

Where to Grab a Pint in Leeds

Leeds, England

You don’t have to spend much time in Leeds to realise that this is a city that loves a good pint. In the few weeks that we’ve been here we’ve had many, many chances to explore and sample the local scene, and it’s been outrageously...   view more

Best Mercados in Madrid

Best Mercados in Madrid

Madrid, Spain

From the moment I first set foot inside of a Mercado, I was in love. From the food to the beverages to the people watching, I could have easily (and happily) spent all of my days in Madrid browsing the stalls and inspecting the goods with a drink in one hand and a snack in the...   view more

An Afternoon in York, England

An Afternoon in York, England

York, England

For weeks I dutifully checked the weather, waiting for that perfect, sunny Sunday so that we could finally see the city of York. Apparently, it was a must-see, and for weeks it was all anyone asked us about: “Have you been to York yet?” But the weather just wasn’t cooperating, so we...   view more

An Afternoon in Knaresborough

An Afternoon in Knaresborough

Knaresborough, England

Knaresborough is a small, historic market town that makes a big first impression. As the train approaches the station, it crosses the 78ft high, triple arched railway viaduct giving travellers an impressive view of the river...   view more

A Day Trip to Uppsala

A Day Trip to Uppsala

Uppsala, Sweden

Uppsala is the historic and spiritual heart of Sweden. Famous as a medieval university city, Uppsala was once the political and religious centre of Viking-era Sweden. Today, it is Sweden’s fourth largest city and one of the country’s most dynamic thanks to its bustling university...   view more

A Day in Liverpool

A Day in Liverpool

Liverpool, England

There are some destinations we dream about for years. We read about them; plan for future trips, many of which go untaken; we save for them; and, when the time finally comes, we feel as though we’ve accomplished some big life...   view more

Travel Bucket List: Eindhoven

Travel Bucket List: Eindhoven

Eindhoven, Netherlands

This weekend, I’m off to Eindhoven, Netherlands for what is most likely the last city break of the summer. I can’t really believe that this is our last planned holiday for the season, but so is the life of two adults with jobs and deadlines, and without trust funds....   view more

Guide to Two Days in Oslo

Guide to Two Days in Oslo

Oslo, Norway

Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Oslo is one of Europe’s most unique and stunning cities. Although it is the smallest of the Scandinavia capital cities (boasting a population of just over 670,000 people), Oslo has no shortage of...   view more

Travel Bucket List: Vilnius

Travel Bucket List: Vilnius

Vilnius, Lithuania

As I mentioned in my January month in review post, I am kicking off February by taking a city break trip to Vilnius, Lithuania. Visiting Vilnius has been on my travel bucket list since we first moved abroad. But, despite numerous cheap flight options, I just haven’t had a chance to...   view more

Guide to Zadar, Croatia

Guide to Zadar, Croatia

Zadar, Croatia

Our visit to Croatia last May came at the end of a long winter. I’d been working two jobs, which took up basically all my waking hours during the week and left me with little to no energy to explore on...   view more

Guide to Split, Croatia

Guide to Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and for good reason. Boasting more than 2,800 hours of sunshine each year, this central Dalmatian city revels as a year-round destination thanks to its subtropical climate and minimal...   view more

Guide to Supetar, Croatia

Guide to Supetar, Croatia

Supetar, Croatia

One of the reasons we chose to spend most of our Croatia vacation in Split was so that we could explore other places. Located on the central Dalmatian coast, Split is just a hop, skip and a jump from hundreds of islands, making it the perfect jumping off point for...   view more

Guide to Vilnius, Lithuania

Guide to Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius, Lithuania

For a very long time, Vilnius wasn’t on my bucket list. It’s not that Vilnius wasn’t on my radar, because it was. Thanks to a former co-worker, Vilnius and Lithuania were frequent topics of...   view more

Best Places to Swim in Stockholm

Best Places to Swim in Stockholm

Stockholm, Sweden

If swimming and beaches aren’t the first things that come to mind when you think of Sweden, you’re not alone. Before this summer, I had no clue that Stockholm had beaches, let alone a beach...   view more

Guide to Sodermalm

Guide to Sodermalm

Stockholm, Sweden

A small island in the centre of the city, this neighbourhood is where you’ll find some of the best shopping, hippest cafes and trendiest bars in...   view more

Guide to Kristineberg: One of Stockholm's Hidden Gems

Guide to Kristineberg: One of Stockholm's Hidden Gems

Stockholm, Sweden

Tucked away on the north side of Kungsholmen is the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Kristineberg.I happened upon this charming borough one afternoon while out riding my bike and was shocked at just how much was going...   view more

Guide to Kungsholmen

Guide to Kungsholmen

Stockholm, Sweden

Kungsholmen is one of the many islands that makes up the city of Stockholm. Situated just west of downtown, Kungsholmen boasts a great central location on Lake...   view more

Guide to Gdansk, Poland

Guide to Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk is a small city located in northern Poland. It sits on the edge of the North Sea and is famous for its rich history and colourful architecture; its delicious pierogies and its relaxing seaside...   view more