Category archives: Brussels

Brussels' flower carpet

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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[...]

Flanders is a Festival

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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, Flan[...]

Ten Great Eateries in Brussels

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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 Brusse[...]

A market lovers guide to Brussels

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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[...]

Finding beer in Brussels

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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 [...]

Sailing the Seven Seas

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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, b[...]

Brussels on a Sunday

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I come from a '24 hours a day/ 7 day a week' culture where I can buy and do almost anything I want at any time of the day …. yes even on a Sunday! So when I recently moved to Brussels I was a bit surprised when I popped down to my local H&M to by socks and it was closed. Closed? What? This is Europe in 2011 and I can’t by socks on a Sunday? So I was [...]

Breakfast Wonderland Brussels - Le pain quotidien

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My favourite breakfast joint is a place called Le Pain Quotidien They serve simple yet delicious soup, salads, tartines, breakfast, homemade pastries and handmade bread and there are quite a few vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. I’d strongly recommend the hot chocolate; it comes in a bowl with a little bar of dark chocolate to dip in for 5 min[...]

Recyclart: a little bit of 'underground' in Brussels

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Before visiting Brussels last summer, I innocently reduced the small nation of Belgium to a row of clichées, namely french fries (oh, the irony...), exquisite chocolates and comic books. I was more than happy to revise my opinion, especially since I've disliked Tintin, Lucky Luke and their compatriots for as long as I can remember.Truth be told: Brussels has[...]