• Belgium,  Europe,  Travel

    24 Hours in Brussels, Belgium

    Brussels is the capital of Belgium, and home to the infamous Mannequin Pis.  When my mother visited in December, we dedicated two days to visiting both the capital of Belgium and the nearby charming city of Bruges.  Although Brussels is quite large for just a one-day visit, it’s manageable to see the highlights during that timeframe. Brussels by Day We started the day in Brussels by checking out the Eglise Saint Nicolas and the little shops around Grand Place.  During December, there were several Christmas markets around.  As we walked around the center city we peeked at the various huts of food, crafts, and tchotchkes.  Grand Place is absolutely stunning, both…

  • Belgium,  Europe,  Travel

    Three Days in Ghent, Belgium

    Although I began working the first week of October, we received two weeks off of work for Vacances de Toussaint at the end of that month!  As I was previously unaware of this vacation, I didn’t really have a game plan for my days off.  After spending a day relaxing for my first day on holiday, I researched some ticket prices and booked a ten-day trip in Belgium and the Netherlands!  My first stop – Ghent! (Or, in French, Gand!)  While in Ireland the weekend before this, a fellow traveler I crossed paths with told me that this was his favorite city in Belgium and highly recommended I check it out!…