Belgium, More Antwerp and final post from Belgium

In the days when I wasn’t getting a train to somewhere else I did more exploring in Antwerp and although two of the museums I really wanted to visit – the main art museum and the Fashion museum – were closed for renovations, I did manage to visit some other smaller places. This is Rubenshuis […]

Belgium, Food and drink

Someone asked me – “what about the food in Belgium” – so I have produced a compendium of some of the dishes I ate on this visit. Hopefully something for everyone! Firstly – things I ate a lot of – moules, steak tartare and cakes! When I was only a bit peckish then it had […]

Belgium – Mechelen, Lier and Bruges

One of the things I enjoy about staying in one area for a couple of weeks is having the time to visit the lesser known towns not just the obvious places. One of those was Mechelen – about 45 minutes by train from Antwerp. This town dates back to 1473 and has a traditional town […]

Belgium – Antwerp

While I have been bouncing around Belgium I have also been exploring my base town of Antwerp. I am renting an apartment in the area that was formerly where all the docks were. It is now full of apartments in converted warehouses – and is similar to the meatpacking district as it was 20 years […]

Belgium – adventures in Ghent

Again easy train rides to Ghent (an hour) from Antwerp. As I travel around Belgium many of its medieval towns have a similar set up – Central square, cathedral and numerous other grand churches, Old Market and the town Hall. I suppose this is because of the guild background both here and in the Netherlands […]

Belgium – Brussels (first day trip)

I am basing myself in Antwerp for a couple of weeks as a good base for exploring Belgium by train and I made the 40 minute journey to Brussels a couple of days ago. I will go back again before I leave so this was an exploratory visit – I think I was about 9 […]

2019 – My reflections on another year of traveling – and my fave books and TV series – warning – Bumper Edition!

It seems I was only just writing my reflections on my 2018 travels and once again as the year is drawing to an end and I am back in Seville for the 3rd time in as many years, it is a good time to reflect on the past 12 months (and to plan for the […]

USA, Pittsburgh, PA – a side trip to see Elton John’s farewell concert and the “other Frick House”

Pittsburgh is only a 90 minute flight from NYC and my friend Beth had kindly obtained floor tickets for us to see the Elton John Farewell concert. As I am a major fan of his this was a good reason to use airline and hotel points for a quick two night visit. The Elton John […]