Ghent Belgium

Ghent - Sint Baafskathedraal Church

Ghent is an easy day trip from Brussels. The city was built on the basis of textiles. As a major trading center in the Middle Ages, it built a grand city center to celebrate and demonstrate its position and wealth. It continued being prosperous through the mid-17th century until the Dutch closed the canal that [Read more …]

Leuven Belgium

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Leuven Belgium is an easy 20-minute train from Brussels, making it a perfect day trip. Julius Caesar found this lovely, historic town as a fortified Roman Empire camp. It grew to become the seat of one of Europe’s most important universities in the Middle Ages—a school at which professors including Erasmus and Mercator taught. Today, [Read more …]

Brussels Belgium

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Brussels is Belgium’s capital and largest city. The Frank Kingdom (a barbarian kingdom) established the city in 977. Successive generations of the Holy Roman Empire and Burgundy dukes and Netherlands regimes built it into a powerful fortress and trading city. Today Brussels is divided into two primary sections: Lower Town is by the river. It [Read more …]

Paris Restaurants and Food

We are foodies. No doubt about it. We love exploring new places when we travel and revisit old favorites. This blog compiles all of our Paris restaurant reviews in one spot. 1st Arrondissement L’Escargot Montorgueil (38 Rue Montorgueil) 2019: This Marais neighborhood spot specializes in, you guessed it, escargot. We were in the mood for [Read more …]

Paris Museums

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Paris France is one of those places to which we frequently return. In fact, we have spent more time here than in any other non-U.S. city. This time we only had 3 days in reacquaint ourselves with some of our favorite museums. Rather than repeat or rephrase all that we have written before, this post [Read more …]

Biking through Cote de Beaune

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The main purpose of our trip to Beaune France was to visit the Cote de Beaune Burgundy wine region. We spent one day in the area on bikes: electric bikes to be precise. This was our first time on electric bikes. We rented them to explore about half of the 22 km “Voie des Vignes” [Read more …]

Beaune France

Beaune Town Hall or Hotel de Ville

What’s not to love about visiting France’s Burgundy Region? We love its foods, its wines and its atmosphere. We were last there 7 years ago and it was time to get back. Beaune France is the largest city that is specifically in the Burgundy Wine Region. It is also one of our favorite small French [Read more …]

Geneva Switzerland

Geneva - place des trente immortelles de geneve

The importance of this global, cosmopolitan city belies its small size of fewer than 200,000 residents. Although Geneva is a second-tier financial center, its more important role is as the headquarters city for more than 250 international organizations including the United Nations and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent (the latter of which was [Read more …]

Montreux Switzerland

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Montreux Switzerland is a resort town on the southeast corner of Lake Geneva—the Swiss Riviera. Its heyday was in the 19th century. Although it is not as fashionable as it once was, it still has a number of nice resort hotels and a lovely lakeside promenade. A stroll along the promenade gives one an incredible [Read more …]

Vaud Wine Region

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The canton of Vaud is the second-largest wine-growing region in Switzerland. The region has been growing grapes and making wine since Roman times. Today it accounts for about a quarter of the country’s total production. The region consists of eight designated AOCs (appellation d’origine contrôlée which means “controlled designation of origin”). Six of these are [Read more …]