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Brussels – More Than Just the EU

Brussels has an unfair reputation as being rather dull. It is the headquarters of the European Union and the European Parliament, where over 20,000 office workers from all over the world live and work making rules which routinely affect the lives of millions of Europeans. The city’s population is suitably diverse; you will hear both Dutch and Flemish widely spoken, and there are well-established areas of Chinese and Middle Eastern immigrants, along with ethnic shops and restaurants.

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So due to a weird series of events, we found ourselves in possession of a last-minute flight voucher that I could use on We decided to try an unconventional city: a city that most tourists wouldn’t normally think of as a tourist hot-spot, but nonetheless is a major city with culture, dining and all the great things that make up a great trip.


European Market

To solidify the city’s image as a symbol of a unified Europe, there is even a European market held in the city two weeks before Christmas, where each country in the EU offers its own representative gifts and foods, along with singing and dancing. The city’s so-called European quarter boasts several beautiful older squares and buildings, excellent museums and more Michelin-rated restaurants than Paris. Brussels is also famous for its Art Nouveau building and is one of the best places in Europe to see the distinctive stained glass windows and decorative stonework from the 19th century.

The Grand Place

Any visit to Brussels should begin in the Grand Place, the geographical center of the city and one of the finest squares in Europe. Most of the beautiful buildings surrounding the square date from the 1600s and have wonderful decorative facades. The Grand Place has a daily colorful flower market, and there are usually performances by street entertainers. Two museums are located here, the museum of the city of Brussels and a small but fascinating brewing museum, where you can sample the merchandise. The nearby Rue des Bouchers is a tiny street lined with bars and restaurants spilling out onto the street, many specializing in the Belgian delicacy of mussels.

The Mannekin Pis

A couple of blocks away from the Grand Place is the modest symbol of the city, the mannekin pis. This is a small statue of a small boy in the act of urinating, and legend has it that the boy was responsible for putting out a fire at the town hall in this manner. The Museum of Brussels has a collection of over 500 colorful costumes for the little boy, including a miniature Elvis outfit, which have been ceremoniously presented to the city by France. If you are visiting on a public holiday, the statue is dressed in one of the costumes.


Brussels is a great place for shopping. Belgium is well known for its fine chocolate and its lace, and there are plenty of shops in the city specializing in those two luxuries. Belgium takes its chocolate so seriously that in 2002 the Ministry of Economic Affairs created a measure of quality assurance to ensure the continued excellence of the product. One of Europe’s oldest shopping malls, the Galeries Royales St. Hubert, was opened in 1847 and has fine shops on several levels as well as street musicians playing classical music. At the other end of the shopping scale is the huge flea market held daily on the place Jeu-de-Balle.


There are over 75 museums in and around the city. One of Belgium’s exports to the world was the famous comic book character Tintin, who in 2014 celebrated his 85th anniversary. The cartoon museum includes rare drawings by Tintin’s creator, Herge, as well as more recent and innovative cartoon art. The best museum in the city is the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, which contains works mostly by Belgian artists, dating from the 14th century to the present day. Perhaps the most unusual and striking building in Brussels is the Atomium. The structure represents a model of an iron molecule enlarged 165 billion times and was originally built for the World’s Fair in 1958.

Just 12 miles from Brussels is the battlefield of Waterloo, the site of a battle that changed the path of European history. You can get an overview of the battlefield from the top of a stone commemorative pyramid called the Butte de Lion, although it’s difficult to imagine the rolling farmland as a bloody battlefield. For a more close-up look, visit the Hougoumont farmhouse, which still has visible battle scars, and where the farm keeper will usually let visitors wander around. The visitor’s center offers an unusual and moving film of the battle as seen through the eyes of children.

It’s well worth looking past the city’s rather stuffy image to see what else this truly international city has to offer.

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5 Tips for Traveling on a Budget
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5 Tips for Traveling on a Budget

Are you an avid traveler? Or someone who is just looking to get out of town for a while? While traveling is fun and can be a good cultural experience, the costs associated with it are often daunting. Seeing the world should not mean having to break the bank. Below are 5 tips for traveling on a budget, allowing you to enjoy your getaway without the daily stress of having to worry about your finances.

1.) Travel Out-of-Season

Traveling out-of-season can save you a lot of money. Because the travel industry will purposely increase their rates during the busy times of the year, it is best to avoid these windows. What are the peak travel times? They can vary depending on where you are headed, but typically included are breaks during the spring and summer as well as major holidays. If you can avoid these peak times of year, flights and accommodations will be much less expensive.

2.) Search for the Best Airfare

If you are travelling by plane, there are a few things you can do to minimize ticket prices. First, since most vacationers travel on Friday and return on Sunday, aim for a flight that departs and returns on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. Also, plan on leaving either very early or very late to avoid the busy hours. When looking to book a ticket, shop 1-3 months before your intended departure for the cheapest domestic flights, and 2-6 months for the cheapest international flights. Also, you can always set an online airfare alert and let the deals come to you. Bottom line…make sure you shop around and compare prices across airlines.

3.) Try Different Accommodations

Instead of staying in a hotel, and if you don’t mind staying with other fellow travelers, look at available hostels in your area. For a very low price, you can share a general living space with fellow travelers (And who knows, you might make some good friends this way!). Some hostels also offer inexpensive single or double rooms. If you’re uncomfortable staying in a hostel, look for rentals in the area. AirBnB and Craigslist offer single rooms for much lower rates than you’ll find at a hotel.

4.) Look for Cheaper Cities and Airports Near Your Destination

Depending on where you are flying, you can often find less expensive airports to fly into in the surrounding area. Then, instead of renting a car, look for public transportation options to get where you’re going. If your destination is Paris, look at flights to Spain, Belgium, or other cities in France to see if there is a difference in price. Not only might this save you some money, but it also can add a fun and exciting aspect to your trip that you never would have considered.

5.) Little Ways to Save

While traveling, there are a lot of little things you can do to save money. Here are some general ideas:

  • Avoid checking luggage (Especially when travelling domestically. Some international flights will allow you one free checked bag).
  • Skip purchasing souvenirs, and take photos instead to give to family and friends.
  • Instead of dining out, buy local groceries and cook meals.
  • Look for free activities to do in surrounding areas.
  • Search for tour discounts and other discounted activities online before you travel.

Needless to say, the most important thing you can do when travelling on a budget is to plan ahead. If you’re doing everything last minute, expect costs to be higher. By planning ahead, you can certainly manage an inexpensive, yet fun getaway. Start arranging your adventure now!

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