March 29, 2017

belgium

Brabo Fountain, Grote Markt, Antwerpen, Belgium

Memories of Antwerp

Although I’m not a blonde, I felt every bit like Goldilocks sampling Belgian cities like the porridge of the three bears. Brugge was too hot. Too much activity and too many people in the city center. I enjoyed my trip off the beaten path but I’m not sure I’d go back again. Brussels was too cold. As the capital of… [Keep reading…]

 
The Old England building in Brussels.ee

Flirting, Food, and A View From The Top in Brussels

I suck at flirting. Seriously. I put the “single” in single occupancy. On the day I returned to Brussels from a few days in Antwerp and Brugge, the day was gray and cold and I’d grown weary of lugging my behemoth backpack around the country. Cranky and chilled to the bone, with feet aching from the walk from the Metro,… [Keep reading…]

 
Vitalgaufre waffle, Belgium

Belgium and My Waffle-a-Day Diet

Let’s hear it for the humble waffle. The delicacy, found on pretty much any street corner in the main tourist areas of Brussels, Antwerp, and Brugge, became a staple of my daily diet during the ten days I spent in Belgium.

 
Minnewater Park, Brugge, Belgium

Brugge Beyond the Grote Markt

Sure you can stay in the city center in and around the Grote Markt area, eat overpriced food, buy cheap trinkets from souvenir shops, and window shop for genitalia-shaped chocolates (yes, you can do that), but there’s so much more to Brugge. My first impressions of Brugge were less than stellar, and I almost ended up leaving the following morning,… [Keep reading…]

 
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Lacemaking Lives On in Brugge

If you enjoy history and craftsmanship, then no visit to Brugge is complete without a stop at the Kantcentrum, or Lace Center. It is, in my opinion, one of the best things to do in Brugge and was the highlight of my time in the city. I know what you’re thinking. Oh gawd. Lace? Hear me out. A bit off… [Keep reading…]

 
Tourists at the Grote Market in Brugge, Belgium

Burnout in Brugge’s Grote Markt

Brugge can be overwhelming. Many of the guidebooks, web guides, and travel forums I consulted prior to my trip say you can spend one day in the city and see everything there is to see. I’m here to tell you that couldn’t be further from the truth. Although I didn’t like Brugge at first, I learned (eventually) that like any… [Keep reading…]

 
Antwerpen Centraal - Better looking than your average train station

Riding the Rails in Belgium

While some wince at the idea of traveling anywhere by train, I welcome the opportunity to sit back and watch the world flow past my window like a moving picture. So when it came time to travel from city to city on my recent trip to Belgium, I knew that taking the train would be the perfect option for me…. [Keep reading…]