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Some places you instantly like even if you arrive tired and, in my case with Antwerp, wet. Antwerp is one of these cities where I felt instantly at home and felt that while 48 hours was enough to get a good overview, I would like to return very soon with more time to explore in depth.
As I was on a food and family expedition that my brother had organised, I …

[ Written by Annika | 21 Mar 2015 | 6 Comments | ]

My brother Stephan and I are sixteen years apart in age and haven’t lived in the same city since I was three and he lanky teenager. Needless to say it took some readjusting and getting to know each other when I moved to his city, Hamburg, last May. While this may sound odd, I wasn’t quite sure if I liked my brother. You are supposed to love your siblings, but …

[ Written by Annika | 9 Mar 2015 | 10 Comments | ]

Whilst staying at the Pand Hotel in Bruges I slept in bed sheets by Ralph Lauren, I saw vintage Louis Vuitton luggae in the lobby, I washed with complimentary toiletries by Hermes and I drank a glass of champagne each morning at breakfast. Do I need to carry on with this review?
Ah okay, I’ll share a few more details with you.
The Pand Hotel is a centrally located boutique luxury hotel …

[ Written by Frankie | 24 Jan 2014 | 8 Comments | ]

Beautiful? Yes! Historic? Oh, yes. As quaint as a quaint can be? Absolutely! But cool? Is Bruges really a cool city to hang out in?
On my recent visit I realised that yes, Bruges is a cool city and so here are my recommendations for ten cool things to do in Bruges from eating in trendy lunch eateries to getting on your bike.
1. In Bruges Walking Tour

One of the coolest things about …

[ Written by Frankie | 17 Jan 2014 | 9 Comments | ]

Every two years pandemonium descends on the Grand-Place or Grote Markt of Brussels when almost 1 million flowers are used to create the worlds biggest flower carpet. The flower carpet is a well loved tradition in Brussels attracting many diverse people to the city centre for a cultural celebration of the colour and diversity of our city.

300 flowers are crammed into every square meter of Grand-Place meaning that around 850,000+ flowers will be used for the …

[ Written by guest | 18 Aug 2012 | One Comment | ]

Summer isn’t really summer without a decent festival and as festival season is now in full swing I thought it was about time I joined in to lap up the music, sunshine, atmosphere and general all round fun.
With more than 280 festivals, 16,500km² of festival ground, the biggest bands, the most original sceneries and some of the world’s best festivals, Flanders, in Belgium, is claiming some serious high accolades in calling itself the …

[ Written by guest | 13 Jul 2012 | One Comment | ]

My stomach has been very happy since moving to Brussels almost two years ago. So I thought it was about time I share the love and introduce you to my favourite eateries in the city serving everything appropriate for lunch with your mum to the best local junk food:
1) Best frites in town – Barrière de Saint-Gilles
This wouldn’t be a list of great Brussels eateries if I didn’t start with …

[ Written by guest | 19 May 2012 | 3 Comments | ]

From flea markets, to flower markets, and food markets, us Travelettes love markets, and we just can’t get enough! So imagine my surprise when reading “Top 10 European Flea Markets“, in The Guardian, and discovering that Brussels has some of the best markets (especially flea markets) in Europe! After receiving the official news about the greatness of my city’s markets I thought it was about time to write a quick guide to Brussels’ markets …

[ Written by guest | 14 Apr 2012 | 7 Comments | ]

Telling you how and where to find beer in Brussels is a bit like teaching my Grandma to suck eggs as Belgium is a county with no shortage of bars to sit and drink a good beer. But beer tastes better when drunk in style in a place filled with atmosphere & interesting people so here just are 5 of my favourite hang outs;

Photo by Station Studios
Delerium Cafe (Impasse de la …

[ Written by guest | 28 Jun 2011 | 4 Comments | ]

Most girls’ idea of luxury travel would be flying first class, or being chauffer driven in some fancy sports car – well, not for this Travelette! Having taken inspiration from the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film, I recently embarked on a little mini trip from England to Belgium by … you guessed it …. by boat!

I was a little nervous about sailing, because the idea of a 31,598 ton …

[ Written by guest | 29 May 2011 | 3 Comments | ]