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We are Andrew and Alison and we slow travel the world to discover the best culture, food, history, nature, and hidden gems. In 2005 we left our ‘normal’ middle-class life in Canada behind to move to Belgium. After 11 years of living in the heart of Europe, we decided to shake things up again and trade our loft in Brussels for a motorhome and the open road. We haven’t looked back since. We are currently location independent and slow travelling our way around Canada in our RV.


On CheeseWeb you’ll find 13 years’ worth of articles about living in Belgium and the best places to travel in Europe by us and our dedicated team of slow travellers. You’ll also learn about our slow travel philosophy and the best slow food restaurants around the world. From meeting orangutans in the forests of Borneo to experiencing a First Nations’ Powwow in Canada to hot air ballooning over the chateaux of France, we’ll teach you how to slow down and make the most of your travels. Whether you travel by plane, train, or RV, we invite you to join us for the best slow travel adventures. Read more about our story...

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Slow Travel With Us

 

We are Andrew and Alison and we slow travel the world to discover the best culture, food, history, nature, and hidden gems. In 2005 we left our ‘normal’ middle-class life in Canada behind to move to Belgium. After 11 years of living in the heart of Europe, we decided to shake things up again and trade our loft in Brussels for a motorhome and the open road. We haven’t looked back since. We are currently location independent and slow travelling our way around Canada in our RV.


On CheeseWeb you’ll find 13 years’ worth of articles about living in Belgium and the best places to travel in Europe by us and our dedicated team of slow travellers. You’ll also learn about our slow travel philosophy and the best slow food restaurants around the world. From meeting orangutans in the forests of Borneo to experiencing a First Nations’ Powwow in Canada to hot air ballooning over the chateaux of France, we’ll teach you how to slow down and make the most of your travels. Whether you travel by plane, train, or RV, we invite you to join us for the best slow travel adventures. Read more about our story...

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Living in Belgium

Where to Live in Brussels, Belgium

Where to Live in Brussels, Belgium

If you’re new to expat life in Belgium, we tackle the most important question – Where to live in Brussels.

Visiting Champagne with the Expat Club, Brussels, Belgium

Visiting Champagne with the Expat Club, Brussels, Belgium

If you’re living in Belgium and want to travel and meet new people without the hassle of planning and organising sit back and relax because the Brussels Expat Club is here.

5 Tips on Where to Meet People in Brussels, Belgium

5 Tips on Where to Meet People in Brussels, Belgium

Making lasting friendships is one of the keys to living a successful expat life. But meeting people in a new country isn’t easy. In fact, one of our most frequently asked questions is, “how do I meet people in Belgium?” Here are 5 places to meet people in Brussels.

Celiac and Gluten-Free Living in Belgium

Celiac and Gluten-Free Living in Belgium

Belgium is a wonderland for foodies, but if you have a food allergy, it can be a nightmare. We share how to survive gluten-free and celiac dining in Belgium. We share where to buy gluten-free food and the best gluten-free restaurants in Belgium. 

Things to Do in Brussels

Where to Stay in Brussels, Belgium – Our 30 Top Hotels

Where to Stay in Brussels, Belgium – Our 30 Top Hotels

Whether you’re visiting Belgium for the first time or you need to recommend a hotel to visiting family, we tell you exactly where to stay in Brussels, Belgium.

7 Things to do in Brussels for Beer Lovers

7 Things to do in Brussels for Beer Lovers

If there is one thing Belgium is known for, it is producing some of the world’s best beer. To make the most of your next visit, we share 7 things to do in Brussels if you love Belgian beer.

Things to do in Brussels, Belgium: The 12 Best Museums

Things to do in Brussels, Belgium: The 12 Best Museums

Continuing our series of things to do in Brussels, we share our 12 favourite museums in Belgium’s capital city.

Top 10 Free Things to do in Brussels, Belgium

Top 10 Free Things to do in Brussels, Belgium

Looking for the best free things to do in Brussels, Belgium that won’t break the bank? We list our top 10 free things to do in Brussels from free museums in Brussels to the best free walking tour Brussels has to offer.

Things to Do in Belgium

The Ultimate 10-Day Luxembourg & Belgium Itinerary

The Ultimate 10-Day Luxembourg & Belgium Itinerary

Our itinerary for 10-days in Belgium and Luxembourg, covering the best things to do, where to stay, where to eat, and how to get around. This flexible itinerary includes budget and luxury hotels and will give you plenty of activity options.

Belgium’s 12 Most Magical Castles

Belgium’s 12 Most Magical Castles

Belgium is a country known for its stunning architecture. Today we share our top 12 most magical castles to visit in Flanders and Wallonia.

Our Top 15 Weekend Getaways in Belgium

Our Top 15 Weekend Getaways in Belgium

Today we want to inspire you to get our and explore Belgium. Here are our top 15 weekend getaways in Flanders, Wallonia, and Brussels.

UNESCO World & Cultural Heritage Sites in Belgium

UNESCO World & Cultural Heritage Sites in Belgium

Belgium currently has 11 UNESCO World Heritage sites, 16 tentative sites, and 10 listings of cultural heritage. That’s a lot of heritage for one tiny country!

You’ve already heard of Belgian beer, waffles, and chocolate. But you may not know Belgium is a secret foodie heaven, with more Michelin stars per capita than France and the entire globe of world cuisines available – and Brussels is at the heart of it all.

Travel writer and photographer, Alison Cornford-Matheson, spent 11 years tasting her way through this gourmet city and shares her favourite restaurants, bars, hotels, shops, and activities for foodies with you.

You’ve already heard of Belgian beer, waffles, and chocolate. But you may not know Belgium is a secret foodie heaven, with more Michelin stars per capita than France and the entire globe of world cuisines available – and Brussels is at the heart of it all.

Travel writer and photographer, Alison Cornford-Matheson, spent 11 years tasting her way through this gourmet city and shares her favourite restaurants, bars, hotels, shops, and activities for foodies with you.

You’ve already heard of Belgian beer, waffles, and chocolate. But you may not know Belgium is a secret foodie heaven, with more Michelin stars per capita than France and the entire globe of world cuisines available – and Brussels is at the heart of it all.

Travel writer and photographer, Alison Cornford-Matheson, spent 11 years tasting her way through this gourmet city and shares her favourite restaurants, bars, hotels, shops, and activities for foodies with you.

Slow Travel Canada

The Ultimate Acadian Coast Road Trip in New Brunswick Canada

The Ultimate Acadian Coast Road Trip in New Brunswick Canada

From Miscou Island on the Acadian Peninsula to Murray Beach near Confederation Bridge, we share the best things to do on an Acadian Coast road trip through New Brunswick, Canada

Top 10 Places to Visit on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada

Top 10 Places to Visit on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada

British Columbia native, Emily, shares her top 10 places to visit on Canada’s West Coast.

15 Top Things To Do in New Brunswick, Canada

15 Top Things To Do in New Brunswick, Canada

We share our top 15 things to do in New Brunswick (plus 6 more from our own Bucket List) to make the most of your travel to Canada’s Maritime Provinces.

Highlights from 11 of Canada’s National Parks

Highlights from 11 of Canada’s National Parks

With the help of our fellow travel bloggers, we share 11 of our favourite National Parks in Canada to celebrate Canada Day.

Slow Travel Europe

The Ultimate French Foodie Weekend in Paris, France

The Ultimate French Foodie Weekend in Paris, France

Adi shares how to maximise 48 hours of eating on the ultimate French foodie weekend in Paris, France.

The Ultimate List of 42 Awesome Day Trips from Stuttgart, Germany

The Ultimate List of 42 Awesome Day Trips from Stuttgart, Germany

Adi shares her top 42 ultimate day trips from Stuttgart, Germany, filled with picturesque villages, food, castles, nature, and family fun. Find all the best things to do near Stuttgart in Germany and beyond. 

Porto, Portugal – A 3-Day Travel Itinerary

Porto, Portugal – A 3-Day Travel Itinerary

Adi shares her 3-day itinerary for the best things to do in Porto, Portugal, including the must-see tourist attractions, UNESCO sites, shops, and the best restaurants in Porto.

The World’s Best Airport Layover – Reykjavik, Iceland

The World’s Best Airport Layover – Reykjavik, Iceland

We share why Reykjavik, Iceland’s Keflavik Airport has the world’s best airport layover and share the top things to do in Reykjavik including the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa.

Slow Travel the World

14 Ways Egypt Surprised Me

14 Ways Egypt Surprised Me

During my brief visit to Egypt, this diverse, historically and culturally rich country surprised me in a number of ways. These 14 facts about Egypt may surprise you too.

Six Things that Surprised Us About Hong Kong

Six Things that Surprised Us About Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a city of extremes. Despite my fears, before embarking on our Asian Adventure, I found myself falling in love with this vast city of contrasts.

Visiting the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

Visiting the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

Nothing can describe the feeling of seeing the jungle leaves begin to rustle and you spot your first glimpse of a wild orangutan. On our recent trip to Borneo, we were among the lucky few who experience this thrill.

Exploring the Kerala Backwaters by Kettuvallam Houseboat

Exploring the Kerala Backwaters by Kettuvallam Houseboat

Although Andrew and I were disappointed to leave the Taj Kumarakom so soon, we were looking forward to our last day in Kerala. About a year ago, I read an article, in a travel magazine, about exploring the Kerala backwaters by houseboat and I was excited to spend our final day doing just that.

Travel Gear Guides

Our Must Have Camping Gear for Full-Time Motorhome Living

Our Must Have Camping Gear for Full-Time Motorhome Living

We share our must have camping gear for RV living. This is a roundup of our favourite fun camping accessories, RV gadgets, gifts, and cool RV accessories.  

Our 50+ Best Belgium Gifts Online

Our 50+ Best Belgium Gifts Online

We share some of our favourite gifts from Belgium you can send to friends and family back home, via Amazon; including Belgian chocolate gifts, Belgian beer baskets and a bit of quirky Belgian humour.

60+ Best Travel Gifts & Gifts for Foodies 2017

60+ Best Travel Gifts & Gifts for Foodies 2017

We share more than 60 of the best Christmas Gifts for travelers and foodies from Amazon including the best travel gear, cookbooks, travel books for kids, gourmet gift baskets and more.

12+ Best Travel Documentary Series

12+ Best Travel Documentary Series

Over a dozen of the best travel documentary series to inspire your slow travel adventures, including the best BBC travel documentaries, on India, Europe, Global, and foodie travel. 

Latest Articles

The Best Christmas Markets in Belgium

The Best Christmas Markets in Belgium

While the Christmas Markets in Germany get all the hype, some of the largest and best Christmas Markets in Europe are in Belgium. Adi and I have teamed up to share the best Christmas Markets in Belgium so you can plan your holiday travels.

The Best Christmas Markets in Germany

The Best Christmas Markets in Germany

Adi shares her top picks for the best Christmas Markets in Germany and all her tips to make the most of the festive German Christmas holiday season.

A 10-Day Spiti Valley Tour, Himachal Pradesh, India

A 10-Day Spiti Valley Tour, Himachal Pradesh, India

Radhika shares a 10-day Spiti Valley tour in the heart of Northern India’s Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh. Tucked beside Tibet, this region is famous for picturesque villages, ancient monasteries, and the elusive snow leopard. 

Review: La Manufacture Restaurant Brussels Belgium

Review: La Manufacture Restaurant Brussels Belgium

Monika reviews La Manufacture, a fine-dining restaurant in Brussels’ center, steps from Grand Place, with a unique setting and fusion cuisine.

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