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?
Although I’ve made several trips across the channel to London, England, Friday was the first time I visited Kew Gardens. Although I had been looking forward to it, Kew was even better than I expected. For starters, it’s enormous; 132 hectares to be exact. There was no way I’d be able to see everything in the few hours I had to spend, so I decided to focus on several attractions and take the time to enjoy exploring and photographing them.
As I was reading through my Twitter list this morning, one of the travellers I follow mentioned visiting over 100 UNESCO World Heritage sites. I found that pretty impressive, even if it is someone who travels full-time. As someone whose bucket list includes visiting every continent, I was curious about how many of the UNESCO sites I’ve visited and decided to create my own list, which you can see here.
If there is anything that Andrew and I enjoy doing as much as travelling, it’s eating. While I love to cook and experiment with new recipes, I have to admit that when the budget allows (or I’m just sick of the kitchen) I love to dine out. Brussels is a great place to be when you want someone else to do the cooking, especially if you want to taste the flavours of the world. I was a pretty picky eater when I was a child (just ask my poor mother). At home, my parents ate mostly traditional ‘meat and potatoes’ type meals with the occasional casserole or pizza thrown in to spice things up a bit. A meal out meant either chicken fingers or cheeseburgers (with only ketchup) for me. Oh yeah and I absolutely hated vegetables — pretty much all of them, except potatoes. Fast forward to my university days: I was in a bigger city with more food options and suddenly meal choices were my own. I started to branch out and discovered that I loved Indian food (it’s still my favourite cuisine). From there, I began to experiment with food and found that I loved to cook [...]