I’m always eager to explore a new part of Belgium and when it’s with a local guide, even better. So when a friend offered to show me around her town, Beersel, just outside of Brussels, I was keen to see what she had in store.
Secluded woodlands, gushing waterfalls and hundreds of kilometers of forest trails – this can’t be Belgium, can it? It can, if you’re hiking in the Hautes Fagnes Nature Reserve, at the edge of Liège, in Belgium’s beautiful Eastern Cantons.
This entry is part 10 of 24 in the series Portugal & Andalusia 2012.Zahara de la Sierra has all the makings of the fairytale Spanish village. Its collection of white houses, or pueblos blancos, are nestled on a hillside with a crumbling castle perched on top, all of which overlook a turquoise lake. This beautiful destination was our first introduction to Andalusia, Spain.
This entry is part 9 of 24 in the series Portugal & Andalusia 2012.The Romantic, Mogul-style, Monserrate Palace was the third and final palace we visited, in UNESCO designated Sintra, Portugal, and it seemed we saved the best for last.
Only in Belgium could you find a globally themed botanical garden and zoo, with over 4,000 animals, on the site of a former Cistercian Abbey. Our only question is why didn’t we discover Pairi Daiza sooner?
Spring has sprung in Belgium and flowers and gardens are on the to-do list for many visitors in Belgium. This is one of our most popular posts each year so I thought it was about time I updated it. You can find my new comments written in red below. Millions of tourists flock to the Netherlands each spring to take in the beauty of the tulips fields. Most have no idea that further south, Belgium is a garden lover’s paradise.
With Europe in the middle of an economic crisis, many of us have had to cut back our entertainment budgets.While we all know it doesn’t cost anything to stroll through Grand Place or hang out with Mannekin Pis, it can be difficult to come up with activities, in the capital, that don’t cost an arm and a leg. But that doesn’t mean you have to sit at home. There are plenty of free things to do in Brussels and we’ve listed 10 of our favourites.
Andrew and I have embarked on a new project. Each Sunday, we’re searching out Brussels’ best brunches. Last Sunday we visited the lovely Orangerie in Parc D’Egmont.
This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series Incredible India.Despite being India’s 3rd most populated city, Bangalore is not typically on the tourist trail. That doesn’t mean you should overlook it as a place to visit. Andrew and I were lucky to get a unique insight into this modern city, by spending a week living with our Indian friends. Having our very own local guides gave us an inside scoop on everything Bangalore has to offer.