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Brussels is often referred to as the capital of Europe. Indeed, this  city is International because it has the headquarters of the European Union and NATO. Brussels offers more than governmental buildings to uphold this well earned title. From my personal experience, the mixture of culture, art,  incredible restaurants and vibrant  nightlife, make my every visit to Brussels memorable.

The Atomium

Similar to many of the European countries, Brussels  has a broad metro network and therefore, one day pass gives unlimited journeys. The train network is also very clear and reasonably priced. Having this in mind, a traveler can experience allot of the sights and attractions while in Brussels in a day.

Certainly, If you visit this city for a day, you have to see these wonders of the city of  Brussels:

The Atomium

In general, there exists a perception that, a visit to New York is never complete without a trip to the world’s famous landmark; The Statue of Liberty. Similarly, a visit to Paris is never complete without a visit to the world’s famous landmark; The Eiffel Tower. In the same degree, it’s believed that a visit to Brussels is never complete without a visit to the world’s famous landmark; The Atomium.

The Atomium is a landmark building in Brussels, originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. It is located on the Heysel Plateau. It is now a museum and the most popular tourist attraction of Europe’s capital, Brussels. In a nutshell, the Atomium is  102 meter high. The nine spheres represent an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Moreover, the tour inside the Atomium is very interesting and with allot of information.

When we arrived at the parking near the Atomium, I was really mesmerized by the building. It is spectacular and a great place to visit once in a life time. The structure is very impressive and we had allot of fun walking around it and looking at it from different angles. At the end of our guided tour, we had some refreshments at the restaurant inside the Atomium.  This restaurant offers  Belgian cuisines, and besides that it has a panoramic view of Brussels and its surroundings.

Some Tips

  • There is a gift shop with original souvenirs
  •  There is a restaurant
  • It is located in the outcasts of Brussels

 

Manneken Pis

Manneken Pis

Certainly, Mannenken Pis is a peculiar  symbol of the city of Brussels. It is found at the corner between the Rue de l’Étuv and the Rue du Chêne. Unfortuanately, little is known about  this famous statue of a little boy peeing in a fountain. There are also no clear explanations, why the statue stands there. There are many incredible tales about the peeing little man.

During the major celebrations, events, and festivals in Brussels, the statue is famed for being dressed in different costumes. On this very day of our  adventure, it was actually dressed like one of the icons of African History; Nelson Mandela.

Some Tips

  • The area can be crowded
  • The statue is small and tucked up in a corner of a busy  street
  • You can spot it from many cameras

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 First and foremost, for the last few months, we have been avoiding the bucket list approach to our travels. The reasons behind this are:

  • It’s  limiting
  • We could ultimately miss out on new experiences that develop along the way 

Indeed, travel isn’t all about checking off the bucket list,  the experiences help in self empowerment and also making memories. To be honest,  the Strepy-Thieu Funicular Boat Lift is one of those things that absolutely was never in my bucket list. But after our adventure, I think that  it’s an absolute must see  if you are travelling through Belgium. It’s definitely a tourist attraction in its own right!
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Having five nights to spend in Rome  (Part I) & (Part II)  during Christmas, we had an action packed holiday.  In our adventure to explore Rome, we decide to narrow down our focus and to visit the Vatican, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Colosseum and Roman Forum. This is because Rome is a big city with allot to offer. Therefore, it  could take us a life time to explore it.

What happens in Rome, stays in Rome, right? In this case, I really don’t think so! To have a great travel content writing for my readers, I think that it’s  important for me to write  about all concrete details (both positive and negative) of a destination.

While traveling, there so many encounters which are breathtaking, memorable and also unexpected. All these experiences are the ones that  make traveling interesting. In this blog, I have decided to share the crazy travel tales or even embarrassing moments  from our adventures in the capital city of Italy . In real sense, these crazy travel  stories might make you wonder why I would go back to Rome. Without a doubt, I will go back to Rome again and again, but I’ll be alittle more cautious.

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The Flower Carpet on the Brussels Grand Place is something absolutely worth seeing once in your life. I’m so glad that this summer, I crossed it off my bucket list. The tapis de fleurs (French) or bloementapijt (Dutch), is one of the city’s most famous attractions, as every two years the historical Grand Place gets covered with  colorful flowers for a few days.

Where to find the Flower Carpet 

 Normally, the viewing of the Flower Carpet is at the Grand Place. This is the central square of the City of Brussels and it is considered as one of the most beautiful places of the world. It plays host to numerous festivals and concerts all along the year. In 1998, it was registered on the World Heritage List of the UNESCO.

The Grand Place is surrounded by the guild houses, the City Hall and the Maison du Roi. It has an absolutely stunning 17th century architecture. The combination of Gothic and Baroque styles are beautiful by day and also by night when the area is softly lit by lamps from the surrounding buildings. Continue reading

The Island of Rhodes

When people ask me about my most memorable holiday experience so far, it’s always tough for me to pinpoint my absolute best because they are mostly all great for a variety of reasons and  at different levels. Some moments that I have experienced while travelling ended up completely blowing me away, in way that I never expected. Years later, I still smile at the fond memories. Continue reading

 

No matter where you are  from or your age, there is nothing quite like seeing wild elephants for the first time. Just some few meters while  driving down the road inside the Tsavo East National Park, we suddenly saw the elephants at a distance. There were several red colored spots standing out amongst the green vegetation. It was clear that they were moving towards the direction of our way. The guide stopped the van and we waited patiently. Within some few minutes, they were right there in front of us crossing the road, just a feet away from our van. They peacefully walked  and there was nothing out of the ordinary. It was such a special experience for me as a lover of elephants. Continue reading

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