Things to See and Do in Brussels, Belgium

Friday May 28, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 1 Comment

Brussels Flower Market

Visit the flower market in Brussels, Belgium

Are you visiting Brussels for the first time? Perhaps my overview of this grand destination will help make your travels easier. There are so many things to see and do in Brussels, Belgium. The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to the Grand Place.

When I crave Brussels cuisine, I turn to ‘t Kelderke. Did you know that Brussels is known for mussels, French fries and fine Belgium chocolate?

If you are looking to escape the crowds,  go to the Halles St. Gery.

Chez Leon mussels

When in Brussels, Belgium, eat mussels and French fries

If you come to Brussels, get your picture taken at the Atomium.

If you have to order one thing off the menu at Restaurant Chez Leon, get the mussels +French fries + a beer. If you don’t like beer, try the kierk, a light and fruity cherry or raspberry flavored beer.

Brussels is my one stop shop for chocolates and beer.

When I’m feeling cash strapped I go to Arcadia.

For a huge splurge I go to Comme Chez Soi.

Photo opportunities in Brussels include the Grand Place, Manneken Pis and Kunstberg/Mont des Arts.

The best vantage points are taken from the top of the Basilica of Koekelberg.

The most random thing about Brussels is the Ommegang.

In Brussels, an active day outdoors involves cycling and walking.

Tintin Comic Strip Mural

Tintin Comic Strip Mural, Brussels, Belgium

My favorite walking route is the Green Belt, a new route around Brussels. If you have children in tow, follow the comic strip walk and see if you can spot the Tintin mural.

Brussels’ best museum is the Museum of Modern and Ancient Art. Purchase the Brussels card if you plan to visit several museums.

For a night of dancing, go to the Fuse or the Martini Bar.

The Pitta Street is the spot for late night dining.

To find out what’s going on at night or on weekends, read Zone 02.

In the spring you should visit the Royal Greenhouses in Laeken.

In the summer you should visit Brussels Bath.

In the winter you should go to the ice skating rink and the Christmas market.

A hidden gem in Brussels is the quiet Egmontpark in the city center.

Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown discovers the best Belgian Waffles in Brussels, Belgium

Taste Belgian Waffles in Brussels

 Just outside of Brussels you can visit the Forest of Soignes, a huge nature park.

The best way to see Brussels is to walk or take a hop on – hop off bus.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss the Museum of Natural Science or the Musical Instruments Museum, MIM for short.

For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to the Pain Quotidien.

What are your favorite things to do in Brussels, Belgium?

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Thanks to Liliane Opsomer and Visit Flanders for assistance with this post.

Photos and YouTube video by Nancy D. Brown

Tripbase Travel Secrets E-Books for Charity

Friday May 21, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 2 Comments

Tripbase Travel Secrets - free e-books for Charity: Water, Nancy D. Brown contributor

Tripbase Travel Secrets - E-books for Charity Water

First down loadable series of E-books of Travel Secrets -  Free!

Imagine a list of top secret travel tips compiled by travel writers and bloggers from across the globe? If you are a savvy web user and look to the internet as a first step to begin your travel planning, have I got a travel tip for you.

Tripbase  has compiled a series of seven e-books of “The Best Travel Secrets” that you, my dear friend, can download FOR FREE! Top travel writers such as Peter Greenberg, Rolf Potts and Johnny Jet have contributed three of their best kept travel secrets for this e-book series. 

First e-book tied to Charity

Download free travel e-book - Help raise funds for Charity: water

Download free Tripbase travel e-book - Help raise funds for Charity: water

As the folks at Tripbase asked all of the travel writers and bloggers to donate their “best travel secrets” it is only fitting that Tripbase continue to pay this goodwill effort forward with a donation to Charity.

Tripbase has partnered with New York-based Charity: Water and will make a donation to the organization based on the success of the e-book downloads.

Want to know my three travel secrets? What are you waiting for? Dowload the free Travel Secrets e-book. Of course, if you’d like to make a donation to Charity: water, they welcome your donation.

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Three Best Travel Secrets

Friday May 14, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 1 Comment

Three Best Travel Secrets, Travel Tips from Travel Expert Nancy D. Brown

Three Best Travel Secrets from Nancy D. Brown

 

Secret Travel Tips from a Travel Expert

As a travel writer, I’m often asked “what are your best travel tips?” Rather than respond with “read my newspaper or magazine column,” I came up with three travel tips that I don’t think you’ll find anywhere else.

Visit Your Destination on Horseback

travel tip secrets from Nancy D. Brown, visit your destination on horseback

Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown recommends you visit your destination on horseback

Get off the beaten path during your travels and hit the dirt – literally. Visit your destination from the back of a horse. Unless you are touring a major city, most places offer horseback riding to the general public. From beginner to advanced rider, there are many types of horseback riding vacations available across the globe.  

Visiting Kauai? Go horseback riding on one of the oldest working cattle ranches in Hawaii at Princeville Ranch.

What better way to learn about California’s Los Padres National Forest than from a local who rides the horseback riding trails on a daily basis?

 Have you considered horseback riding to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon? There are special equitrekking tours offered for the horse lovers amongst us.  I try to fit in a horseback ride on all of my travels.  

 
 
 

Visit The San Francisco Visitors Site "Only in San Francisco" and learn from locals

Visit The San Francisco Visitors Site "Only in San Francisco" and learn from locals

 

Social Media – a Traveler’s Best Friend?  

We all look online when we are planning a trip. You wouldn’t be reading these secrets if you weren’t web-savvy. Once you have narrowed down your destination, let’s say a visit to San Francisco, do a search to find the San Francisco CVB (Convention & Visitors Bureau.) Once you’ve found them,  look to see if they have a FB page and are on Twitter. Follow them, become a fan. Ask direct questions about where to find lodging discounts or where to go for the best tacos in the Mission District. CVB’s exist to serve you, the traveler – use them and save money while you’re at it.  

By the way, you can follow me on Twitter and for the horse lovers.   

Lost Luggage Tip Secrets  

Have you ever had your luggage lost on an airline flight? I had my luggage lost on a non-stop flight. Rather than stomp my feet and raise my blood pressure, I decided to ask fellow travel writers for their lost luggage tips and share the secrets with you.

My favorite tip comes from Wendy Perrin of Conde Nast Traveler magazine, “take a picture of your luggage from your mobile phone. This way you can show the airline EXACTLY what it looks like.”

What’s your best travel secret?

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