I bring you north of me and France. The small country of Belgium hit me since first visiting in 1991, and with family close to the border France-Belgium it was an easy trip to the country. It’s a lot more than fries, mussels and beers although I can go there just for that ::)
A while back I wrote on the town of Brugge, places to stay, eat, see, and anecdotes of my football/soccer times. I love history so will like to remind you of that post here, but also tells a bit more on the city this time.
Well you know always your first stop or contact should be with the tourist office, here is Bruges in English: https://www.visitbruges.be/discover
Bruges or Brugge is in the Flemish region of Belgium, principal city of the province of West Flandre. It has been call by many the Venice of the north, but you know how that goes…
Miguel Claro is a professional photographer, author and science communicator based in Lisbon, Portugal, who creates spectacular images of the night sky. As a European Southern Observatory Photo Ambassador and member of The World At Night and the official astrophotographer of the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, he specializes in astronomical “Skyscapes” that connect both Earth and night sky. Join Miguel here as he takes us through his photograph “Lunar Corona above Town Hall in Grand Place.”
This cityscape shows a colorful lunar corona at the left side of the Town Hall building in the city of Brussels, home to many central institutions of the European Union (EU).
A lunar corona is formed while bright moonlight is diffracted by water droplets in thin clouds that drift in front of the lunar disk. The beautiful building in the foreground is the Town Hall building, a Gothic building from the Middle Ages — built between 1401 and 1455.
The building’s main tower is topped by a statue of Saint Michael slaying a demon. It is located on the famous Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are so many fun things to do in Bruges, Belgium, even with limited time.
Bruges is gorgeous. Its medieval streets radiate out from attractive squares, there are cobblestones with horses clomping by, and everywhere picturesque and historic buildings invite you to stop for a photo. Exploring Bruges, Belgium, from the water adds a new dimension as the canals pass through historic districts and beside 15th-century mansions. But Bruges (Brugge in Dutch) isn’t just about seeing pretty things—there are tours to take, history to be learned, and plenty of beer to be drunk. While Bruges may be best seen leisurely over two days, it’s possible to see a lot of the city in less time thanks to its compact, walkable nature. If you’re wondering what to do in Bruges in one day, here’s our best list.
From chocolate to popular music festivals, Belgium is a country not to be missed.
Known for its medieval towns, Renaissance architecture and the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, Belgium is a great place to explore. This Western Europe gem has offers vibrant cities and friendly locals. Here are some facts about Belgium:
1: Belgium has three official languages, and they are not called Belgian. Locals speak Dutch, French and German.
2: Tomorrowland, a festival that takes place in Belgium, is the world’s largest Electronic Dance music festival that attracts thousands of international party goers.The country is also known as the place that has the most street and music festivals in Europe.
3: Belgium has 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including La Grand-Place, Brussels, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai and Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes.
4: Belgium produces the world’s best chocolate, so if you are planning to visit, make sure you stock up on as much chocolate as you can.
5: One of the world’s most smallest towns is found in Belgium. Durbuy is a town in eastern Belgium, known for its stone houses and cobbled streets. It is home to some of the most beautiful buildings and sites, including the clifftop Belvedere viewpoint.
The Bois du Cazier, site of a former coal mine in Marcinelle (Charleroi), has been awarded the European Heritage Label, the management of the Bois du Cazier museum said on Wednesday in a press release.
The label was granted by the European Commission following a selection by an independent committee.
In 2017, 19 participating European Union member states pre-selected 25 sites for the award. Nine were finally approved for inclusion on the list of sites bearing the label, which now number 38. These include the ancient centre of Athens, the Imperial Palace in Vienna and the historic naval shipyard in Gdansk.
Known for a mining catastrophe that claimed 262 lives in 1956, the Bois du Cazier illustrates workers’ condition and immigration. Along with three other mine sites, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012.
DECEMBER 3 — If you are planning a winter vacation to Europe and haven’t yet decided upon a destination — or if you just need a tip for the future — you won’t find a more festive place to visit than Bruges.
Ok, it might not be the most obvious holiday haunt. If you’re travelling all that distance, you’ll probably want to spend your time exploring somewhere more famous like Paris, Amsterdam or London.
But in terms of providing a Christmas atmosphere, a genuine northern European winter wonderland experience, you won’t find a more authentic venue than Bruges, a historic city in the north of Belgium.
For starters, it’s cold. Really cold. And isn’t that the way it should be?
Think Belgium and the mind conjures up images of bubbly beer, decadent chocolate and crisp waffles. Yes, Belgium is every food-and-drink connoisseur’s ultimate dream, for the Belgians are known to start their days with a large swig and a calorie-laden yummilicious indulgence. Where better to experience this foodgasm than in the heart of Belgium’s traditional ways- in Brugge. Tucked away in historical oblivion, this now UNESCO World Heritage Site-City is like stepping back in time with a time machine. Narrow cobbled alleys, charming old-style plazas and waffles being sold by the dozen on the streets. But what catches one’s attention, and especially if you are the forever beer-lover, is one of the oldest breweries of the country, the De Halve Maan brewery.
A Beer Revolution Begins
The story of the now-modern brewery dates back not several decades, but several centuries.
Fall under the spell of the picture-perfect town of Bruges this winter.
Billed as the Venice of the north, Bruges with its atmospheric winding canals and historic cobbled streets is a medieval UNESCO World Heritage town and makes for the ideal weekend break.
Eschew the bustling summer crowds and feel like you’ve got the place to yourself in the crisp winter months. From January, right up until the bright yellow daffodils of spring, it’s particularly charming. For a small town, it certainly packs a lot in, so we’ve rounded up our essential sights to tick off, our favourite cultural hotspots and exceptional local dishes, to experience this magical winter wonderland at its best.
A trip to Bruges would not be complete without getting out on the labyrinth of waterways that this quaint town is made up of.
I’ve asked 19 other travel bloggers to chat about where the best winter vacations in Europe are. From Sweden to France here are their answers.
Who doesn’t love the winter season? I’m not much for gloomy, overcast, and rainy weather I have to admit I love the winter season. White snow, mulled wine, warm scarves, and a breath of fresh brisk air.
Europe is my favorite region in the winter season. It’s why we keep coming back to the continent during December, January, and March. Just because it’s the coldest time of year doesn’t mean it’s not a good time to travel.
Turns out, we’re not the only person that loves to spend winter in Europe. We’ve asked 19 other travel bloggers to chat about where to have the best winter vacation in Europe. Here are their answers!