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This Week: BELGIUM
|Belgium is fast becoming the hippest destination in Europe. Brussels, Namur, and French-speaking Wallonia offer stylish, affordable hotels, chic shopping, gourmet food, exciting nightlife, and great adventure!|
Trendy eateries across Belgium offer fair-prices and a youthful vibe. If you are craving a good old American burger, Quick is a Belgian fast food chain. And of course, there are Brussels' legendary frietkots: they serve delicious Belgian fries to hungry night owls long after the restaurants have closed.
1. Duvel tasting tours
Belgian beers are deceptively strong! Always wanted to know the best way to taste beers? The Duvel Moortgat Brewery caters to everyone’s tastes with three different brewery experiences. As well as a Standard visit with a brewery tour and beer tasting, the brewery offers a Beer Tasting tour with a sommelier or a similar tour which includes lunch. The brewery is situated in the town of Puurs close to the city of Mechelen and is easily reached from Brussels by train and a short bus connection
2. Family Friendly eating in Antwerp
SensUnik is a restaurant that has existed for 25 years and offers typical Flemish home cooking in a no nonsense atmosphere. Kids can even eat their meal their second floor with the luxury of a babysitter whilst parents can enjoy their meal on the first floor in relative peace. The daily specials menu is themed by day and changes according to what is available but the rest of the menu is based on local Flemish speciality food. Good value and quality prevails and makes this restaurant a secret gem in the heart of Antwerp.
3. The Brussels card with new additions for 2012
The exceptional value Brussels card includes more museums than before as well as free local travel and discounts in the city. It offers free admission to no fewer than 32 museums in Brussels, and is available for 24,48 or 72 hours .
4. Kite Festival in Ostend: 12-13 May
Hundreds of extravagant coloured kites duck and dart the skies above Ostend for a breathtaking show. More info:
5. At Anchor in Ostend: 25 -28 May
This is a major maritime event: over 100 classic vessels, various acts and live performances. More than 150 traditional ships moor in Ostend. Mast makers and riggers demonstrate their crafts providing a wonderful tribute to the city's maritime past.
6. Beer Passion Weekend in Antwerp:
June 22th – 24th
40 breweries offer more than 200 speciality beers to taste at this event both open for beer aficionados as well as beer professionals. The main purpose of this event is to offer a cultural and educational approach to beer. Taking place in the famous Groenplaats, beers can be tasted and enjoyed in a exclusive village, accompanied by live brass bands and live Dixieland Jazz bands.
Where To Stay
Funkapartment is located in trendy Zuid. Its position, in the heart of the artistic district of the city's southern area, is perfect for those seeking an inspiring location only about 5 to 15 minutes from the city's major art galleries, museums and city attractions. The modern and chic apartment has a fully equipped kitchen and boasts a sunny patio. It is located on the ground floor so there are no inconvenient stairs or lifts. The apartment even comes with two bikes!
OstendThe totally refurbished, 3-star Hotel Mondo has recently reopened as a hip and trendy art deco hotel. Located at a stone’s throw away from Ostend’s sea front, casino, centre and beach, this lovely hotel is "the place to be" in Ostend. The magnificent Art Deco building dates from 1928 and provides a dose of nostalgia with a dash of modern comfort and a brilliant radiance.
Hip, elegant and cozy, located near the botanical gardens, Hotel BLOOM! is a truly modern hotel in central Brussels, where every room is decorated differently with a unique fresco made by a young European artist The result is a totally unique view inside the contemporary art world across Europe.