September 2016

Brussels, the place for beers, waffles and chocolate

2017-09-02T13:32:15+00:00 September 27th, 2016|

When I hear Brussels all that comes to my mind is beers, waffles and chocolates. I've been in Brussels seven times (all of them for business) most of the times visiting the European Commission.  The first time I visited Brussels was in 2010 and since then I go there every year. It’s the capital of the European Union which hosts the European Commission (my previous job was related to the EC), Council and Union. Getting to Brussels The city has two airports, Brussels airport and Charleroi (flights at this airport tend to be cheaper since it’s not in the center of Brussels). From Brussels airport you can take the train to the city center which is about 30 minutes and costs 8.50. If you get off at Charleroi there’s a bus shuttle (10 euros) which takes about an hour to midi station from there you can get the metro to anywhere [...]

April 2016

Few Hours in Ghent, Belgium

2016-11-01T10:31:00+00:00 April 1st, 2016|

Ghent is a beautiful canal town with a lot of history. The city is part of Flanders and it used to be on the most powerful and rich cities in Europe during the Middle Ages. Its characterized as one of Europe's amazing discoveries and you surely shouldn't miss visiting if you are in Belgium. Getting to Ghent Since I was in Brussels, which I have visited a lot of times, I had some free time to take the train to a nearby city. I visited Bruges before, so Ghent was my first option. I got a return train ticket for 10 Euros from Brussels to Ghent. After 40 minutes I was in Ghent. I got off at Gent-Sint-Pieters train station, which is the main station. Once you get out of the station you’ll see a lot of bicycles everywhere, parked! It reminded me of Amsterdam. I started walking, thinking that I [...]

March 2016

2 hour Express Trip to Bruges, Belgium

2016-11-28T09:23:21+00:00 March 4th, 2016|

Bruges is a beautiful small town in the northern part of Belgium, in a town called Flanders. It's one of the best preserved cities in Europe and it's like a postcard. It's one of those cities that you can easily get around by foot and see the basic sights within a few hours. Have you heard of the movie In Bruges? If yes, this is the town the movie was filmed at. Getting to Bruges I was in Brussels and had a few hours free in the afternoon to get the train there. The train leaves every half an hour and it's around 1 hour journey from the central station. When I reached Bruges it took us around 15 minutes to walk to the city center. I visited on a cold rainy day however I managed to walk around and see the town within [...]