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Belgian Chocolate – the best chocolate shops in Bruges

  Recently, I made a new rule while traveling – I am buying only edible souvenirs. So, you can imagine that now, going to Belgium for me, is a little holiday itself. Each time, I’m back with a bag full of Belgian chocolates (and a few more jogging mornings scheduled in my agenda). In this post I compiled a short list with the best chocolate shops in Bruges, that should help you plan your visit. How it all started – History of Belgian chocolate Tradition of making chocolate is quite long in Belgium and it goes back to the 17th century.…

Bruges travel guide – things you shouldn’t miss

Bruges in Belgium is definitely one of the cutest towns I’ve ever seen. With its well preserved medieval architecture, a lot of great restaurants and plenty of chocolateries it is definitely worth visiting! Here is a small Bruges travel guide with a list of things you shouldn’t miss. Bruges Bruges got its name from Vikings that occupied its territory in 9th century. They called it ‘Bryghia’, which means landing stage. Later on, a name of a town changed to Brugge or Bruges. In 14th century it had 40,000 people, which was the same as London at that time. Golden age…

A lazy day in Bruges

I was dreaming about visiting Bruges ever since I first watched ‘In Bruges’, a great dark comedy staring Collin Farrel, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Finnes. And it finally happened, last weekend I went on a day trip to this cute and charming Belgian town. I was very busy lately with starting my own business, doing a lot of museum guiding and working late most of the days, so I needed  one day for myself. That’s why I took it really slow and was mostly enjoying a beautiful medieval architecture and, of course, Belgian cuisine (and beers). So here is how…

City guide: Ghent

Capital of East Flanders, city with stunning cultural heritage with more then a 1000 years of history and a city of science, with around 60,000 students in higher education, Ghent really is one of the most interesting places in Belgium. In contrary to its more famous neighboring city of Brugge, Ghent is full of beautiful medieval buildings, but it’s not a town-museum. Quite the opposite, it has a great night life, thanks to large student community. So, there should be no problem to found a nice bar for enjoying great Belgium beers. Middle Ages History of Ghent starts in the…

The European comic books heart beats in Brussels

As a home of the famous characters such as Tintin, Spirou, Bob and Bobette, the Smurfs, Lucky Luke, Blake and Mortimer, Belgium, the land with more than 700 comics authors, registered at the moment, truly is the homeland of a comic books. Consequently, one of the greatest World’s museums dedicated to the ninth art is situated in it’s capital, Brussels. The museum is located in one of the Art Nouveau masterpiece buildings built by the famous Belgian architect Victor Horta in 1906. The initiative for the Comics center establishment started in a middle 1980’s. A group of French and Dutch…