In Flanders Fields….

“In Flanders Fields the poppies grow, between the crosses row on row…..” the most famous poem about World War 1 was written by Canadian surgeon Major John McCrae in response to what he saw at Ypres. Bright red poppies grow wild here, apparently you can still see them blooming every spring around the little Belgian…

Exploring Ostende

In need of coffee and a little break from our journey on the coast tram we clambered off in Ostende. Just a quick stop was my plan, nothing much to see here, it would be a bland and nondescript port town. Wrong on all counts. We spent more than half a day at this remarkably…

The Belgian Coast

Blue skies, hot and sunny weather, what could be better than a day at the coast? Beaches and Belgium, you wouldn’t necessarily associate one with the other, however we found golden sands galore and a perfect family day out. A couple of days later in the week were set aside for war museums and sights, we figured…

Evening Time in Bruges

One of our favourite things to do, wherever we go, is to stroll around in the evenings and after dark. No exception to that in Bruges, night-time was (almost) the best time for me. The day-tripper tourists had all gone, the streets were empty and exploring was such a pleasure. Markt, the main square still…

Boats And The Begijnhof In Bruges

No visit to Bruges is complete without a boat trip along the canals. Or so they say in every guidebook. Husband and I had done this years ago, remembered it as a fun experience and definitely wanted to do it again on this trip. Not so enamoured with it unfortunately, just a bit disappointed and…

Sunday Morning Strolling In Bruges

Bruges, I think, is one of Europe’s most handsome small cities. That perfectly preserved centre with its fairytale buildings made us feel like we were on a film set or that we’d been transported to another era. The architecture is just stunning with styles ranging from medieval to the nineteenth century. All of that and then…

Our Bruges Bolt Hole

Smugly I thought I was completely in control and super organised for this trip to Bruges. The perfect property was identified and decided upon, we left it a week before booking, then discovered we’d missed out and it was already taken. That was precisely thirteen months before this holiday. Disappointment rife it was back to…

Exploring Glorious Ghent

A quick detour to Ghent was factored into our Brussels to Bruges drive. Not too far out of our way, I expected a cute little town where we could spend an hour or so before carrying on. What I didn’t expect was how utterly gorgeous Ghent would be.  So blown away by this city, we all…

Chocolate And Waffles And Beer…. Belgian Foodie Delights

It must be said, I am a big fan of Belgian food and for me the whole country is a foodie paradise. There are top restaurants with plenty of stars but on this trip we found great quality food just about everywhere, from the more expensive establishments right to the humblest roadside frituurs where we…

Around Brussels

Location, location, location – what it was all about for us when choosing a Brussels hotel. Just one night in the city meant time was a luxury we did not have, somewhere central was our first and top requirement. The Novotel at the Grand Place seemed to tick that box so we went for it. Surprisingly easy…