Weekend in Mons – Belgian town you have to visit

Typical houses and a street in Mons

During my recent search for places related to life and work of Vincent van Gogh in Belgium, I ended up in one of the most unique Belgian towns I’ve ever visited – in Mons. Located in the French-speaking region of Wallonia, it’s a charming little town perfect for a lovely weekend in Belgium. I have spent two days there and here are some of the ideas for things to do and places to visit during a weekend in Mons. Visiting Mons One thing I really like about travelling in Europe is that every single small town has such a rich…

Two Days in Bruges: Exploring Bruges’ Golden Age

Bruges Golden Age

A charming Belgian town of Bruges is one of the rare European cities that looks like it hasn’t changed at all throughout history. It experienced its Golden Age during the 15th century when it was a significant financial, art and cultural centre. Many buildings from that time could be still seen in the city. So, when I was there last week, I focused on exploring the Bruges Golden Age. Visiting Bruges I have been in Bruges many times before. But, I would always visit it on a day trip from Amsterdam and would spend only a few hours in the…

Exploring Balkan Legends and Fortresses: Creative History Balkans Tour

Balkan legends and fortresses

Snake living in a river, three brothers making a sacrifice to build their castle or Greek refugees settling and building a new city… All of these are some of the Balkan legends, that are coming to life with Creative History Balkans Tour. If a combination of the old fortresses, history and local legends sounds like your cup of tea, then keep on reading because this could be an excellent idea for your next Balkan road trip. Exploring the Balkans Recently, I’ve decided to explore more of Eastern Europe and lesser known places there. With its turbulent history, the connection between…

2019 The Year of Rembrandt in the Netherlands (events & exhibitions)

De Waag building in Amsterdam

2019 is quite a special year in the art world. We’re celebrating the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt van Rijn’s death. There are still many places related to Rembrandt in the Netherlands that could be seen and visited today. To celebrate a famous Dutch painter, many special exhibitions, events and art tours are going to be organised this year. And here is a list with all of them. Who was Rembrandt? Rembrandt van Rijn is one of the best known Dutch painters. He lived during the most prosperous time of Dutch history, during its Golden Ages. He became famous, very young,…

Van Gogh in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (locations related to his life and work)

Van Gogh in Saint-Remy-de-Provence

Vincent van Gogh spent a year at the asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Although it was a time when he struggled with his mental illness, he created some beautiful paintings inspired by nature in a garden and around the hospital. I’ve spent two days in this French town and looked for some places related to Vincent’s life. Van Gogh in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence Van Gogh came to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in May 1889, after living for the last year in Arles. After being treated at the mental hospital there, and after the citizens of Arles signed a petition in which they asked him to leave the…

Van Gogh in Arles (locations related to his life and work)

Van Gogh in Arles

After living in Paris for two years, Vincent van Gogh moved to the very south of France, in his search for the light and the brighter colours. He has spent a year there and that’s where he has found his own unique style. It’s also where some of his most famous paintings were created. There are many locations related to life and work of Van Gogh in Arles, that could still be seen today. I’ve spent two days there and have looked for some of them. Van Gogh in Arles I’ve boarded a train in Paris early in a morning…