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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 Continue reading

 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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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 Market Square

The map of Bruges

I think that cities are like human beings, because they show their varying personalities to the traveler. Depending on the city and on the traveler, there might begin a mutual love, or dislike, friendship, or enmity. I’ve been to the city of Bruges so many times, but I keep on falling in love with this historical city. Continue reading

I’m from the school of thought that ‘Make the most of every moment’. This is my greatest challenge, but something that I’m pouring my heart into. I’m also learning how to enjoy what I have, right here and right now! Every moment is precious and I have come to learn also that sometimes, the inessential is essential! 😀 Continue reading

From traveling , we have gained quite some experience from crowded tourists attractions, to tour guides, to hotels packages, to the offers and the list goes on… Personally, I think that once in a while it’s important to go for  a quiet vacation. Where there are no cars, no bikes, no raucous hordes of party people clogging your route to the pool or bar. Continue reading

The first time I heard about Pairi Daiza, was from a feature in the News about the arrival of two pandas in Belgium from China. I was really interested to visit and see the pandas because I had never seen them before.

After a smooth ride through several cities in Belgium, we sat in traffic for almost an hour just trying to get to the entrance of the Park. It seemed that this Park was famous for family trips. A good sign indeed! 😀

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Being my first time to go to a Tropical Swim Paradise, I totally had no ideas of how it looked like or how the experience was going to be like. Like most of the times when I don’t understand something, I ran to my consultant; Google! It never disappoints and I eventually got some ideas. Yeppy! 😀

On the Valentine’s Day and in the middle of the winter, my husband was confident that it was a beautiful area where we could unwind and re-energize. It was a beautiful ride passing through many cities in Belgium and also sitting in traffic around Antwerp area was an icing on the cake! 😉 Before moving to Belgium, I lived in Nairobi where the traffic can be over the top, so it was just a reminder being in Antwerp!

When we arrived at Mol City, I didn’t have to be told that we were almost at the park, it really stood out. Continue reading

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