As a day trip from Brussels (only a half hour train),  I’ve found that either many people haven’t heard of Ghent, preferring to explore the chocolate box streets of Bruges, or they adore Ghent so much that when a blogger (me) visits, they spam them via instastories with recollections of days spent there and memories made. True story. Disclaimer: I was a press guest of VisitFlanders in Ghent,  but all planning, mischief and thoughts are… View Post

A Gathering Of Gastronomic Suggestions In Ghent.

A Gathering Of Gastronomic Suggestions In Ghent.

Eating frites smothered in mayonnaise, nibbling fresh waffles under a mountain of freshly whipped cream and drinking glasses of beer outside in the sunshine is practically inviolable law when visiting Belgium. (In fact, if you look under a microscope at your Belgian passport stamp ‘proost / à votre santé / prost’ may or may not be etched under the flag.) Enjoying their exquisite pralines is obviously the fourth law, but one I managed to fail miserably, thanks… View Post

Getting Lost in Ghent, Belgium

Getting Lost in Ghent, Belgium

From my hotel window, I can hear the sliding scales of a bluesy jazz saxophonist, children softly singing a nursery rhyme and the occasional tinkle of coffee cups from a nearby cafe. I should be parading around the town, hunting out all of the medieval gems with the keenness of a panther, but instead, as it’s a Saturday morning, I’ve simply snuggled in further into the covers (more like a house cat in truth). There… View Post

Bruges, Belgium #travelthursday

Bruges, Belgium #travelthursday

Chocolate, sunshine, Colin Farrell, gingerbread buildings, turrets, canals, lace, chips & mayo and medieval cobbled streets. What more could you want from a weekend city break?  Everyone has asked me whether we preferred Brussels or Bruges and I honestly can’t say. Bruges is quaint, teeny, full of meandering streets and canals, chocolate shops and frite stores catering for your average cheesy tourist. They do also however have something called ‘samurai sauce’ for your frites which I’m… View Post

Brussels, Belgium #travelthursdays

Brussels, Belgium #travelthursdays

One of the joys of London, is the abitilty to easily escape to other nearby European cities. In around about the same time as it would take to catch the train to Oxford or Birmingham, we found ourselves alighting in the waffle capital of the world.     Brussels misses out on tourist accolades, having to compete with big hitters like Paris, Cologne, Berlin & Barcelona, so going for a long weekend we just planned… View Post