Travel Journey of the Week: Belgium

Yesterday’s post inspired me to take a closer look at Belgium.  I’ve only stayed in Bruges, but I’d like to know what else is worth a visit. Share your experiences with us.  Here is how you can contribute:

1. Each Sunday, a place will be set as the theme (it could be a city, landmark, national park, etc.)

2. If you are familiar with the place and would like to contribute, you will write a post and title it Travel Journey of the Week: Belgium.  If you’ve already written a post about Belgium, feel free to share it in the comments section!

3. Your post can be any medium that works for you; videos, photos, descriptions, itineraries, personal memories, poems, ticket stubs, etc.

4. Finally, be sure to provide a link back here so everyone can connect and share their own take on the place: http://liberatedtraveler.com/travel-journey-week-belgium/ ‎

Travel Journey of the Week: Belgium

Since I shared some sights in Belgium already, I’d like to provide a recommendation for a place to stay in Bruges.  A bed and breakfast is a great idea for a destination like this.  Meet some locals, talk with other travelers, taste the cuisine, and feel like you have a home in a new country.  B&B Marie Rose Debruyne is the perfect place to stay.  Here is why you should consider it if you are thinking of taking a trip to Bruges.

Friendly People-Marie-Rose and her husband, Ronny, have transformed their home to an artistic delight.  Even though it is a bit more modern, it still feels so homey.  Once we arrived, she fixed us a cup of hot tea and sat down with us to highlight all the sights to see on a map.  She made personalized recommendations based on what we were interested in.  If only we had more time to see it all.

Unique Accommodations-As soon as you walk through the massive door in the front you will be stunned.  Looking all around, you will see something new and stimulating to take in.  According to Marie-Rose, “On this piece of land there was a house as early as the 16th century. It was the only house in the street. 100 years ago our house was a local brewery.”  In 1992 they bought the home and renovated.  Her most recent project has been the house out back which she has turned into an apartment that can be rented for travel.  What an amazing combination of history and creativity.  And all of this for a price that can’t be questioned.

Good Location-Bruges can be a bit crowded at times.  The B&B is located in the Northern part of the city, just a short walk to the Markt.  Make sure you have a map while walking around because it is easy to get misplaced in this city.

*If you’d like to see more photos of Bruges, check out my portfolio.

 

Travel Journey of the Week: Florence

Florence-at-NightI regret not getting very many photos of Florence on my trip a couple years ago.  It was a city that many had told me was THE place to go in Europe, and it just overwhelmed me.  Now that I think back, it feels as if my two days there were a blur.  I’d love to hear about your experiences in the city to see another perspective.  Here is how you can contribute:

1. Each Sunday, a place will be set as the theme (it could be a city, landmark, national park, etc.)

2. If you are familiar with the place and would like to contribute, you will write a post and title it Travel Journey of the Week: Florence.  If you’ve already written a post about Florence, feel free to share it in the comments section!

3. Your post can be any medium that works for you; videos, photos, descriptions, itineraries, personal memories, poems, ticket stubs, etc.

4. Finally, be sure to provide a link back here so everyone can connect and share their own take on the place: http://liberatedtraveler.com/2013/09/29/travel-journey-of-the-week-florence/

Travel Journey of the Week: Florence

This week I’m going to focus on the art and architecture of Florence.

Interesting Architecture in Photos

Biking Down the StreetsYesterday I focused on art, but I didn’t include architecture.  Today we see some of my favorite buildings, bridges, and arches.  What is your favorite style?  There is something about half-timbered buildings that feels cozy to me.

Visit Chicago

Chicago SkylineDa bears, famous mobsters, hot dogs, the Mag Mile, and blues conjure images of Chicago (sometimes pronounced cheecago).  I live less than an hour away, yet I will have spent more time in Paris after this summer is over.  I love having a great city nearby, but it is one that I am still exploring.  Since I have started to realize the neglect that my own city has experienced, I thought it was time I investigate what is so great about it.

This Sunday I will go on a free tour of the city.  If you are visiting and want to get a taste for more than just deep dish, I recommend checking out Chicago Greeters.  I will write a post about my experience with them next weekend, but I already love the service.  First of all, it is free.  Second, you can tailor it to your wishes.  If you want to visit the touristy spots like the Willis Tower (used to be Sears Tower), the Bean, or other top sites you can.  If you want to battle it out with a Cubs fan in Wrigleyville, they’ve got that covered too.  I love the personalization that can come with these tours.IMG_6208

Chicago is also known for its architecture.  If the season is right, you might want to take a river cruise to gaze up at the buildings reaching for the sky.  I was planning on a trip in the fall, but the weather went cold fast.  I know people who have loved it, so you may want to think about it.

I just came across a site tonight that I am really excited about.  Not only is it useful for Chicago, but other cities like New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.  The prices aren’t bad and it provides a unique view of Chicago.  I think this can be a great source for those wanting to learn something from their travels.

If you are trying to figure out what to do with your time in Chi Town, here are some ideas:

Favorite Neighborhoods

Old Town, Wicker Park/Bucktown, Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park, Evanston

Favorite ActivitiesDay 218-19

French Market, Lincoln Park Zoo, Cubs/Sox/Bears/Bulls/Blackhawks Game, Finding Festivals, Walking in the City, Riding the “L”

Favorite Restuarants

Frontera Grill (or any Rick Bayless Restaurant), Quartino, New England Seafood and Company

Favorite Streets

Clark, State, Wells, Michigan

Favorite Museums

Museum of Science and Industry, Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum

I can’t wait to share my tour with you next weekend.  I’m hoping to see a side of Chicago that I didn’t know about.