Bruges

Beer is flowing in the city of Bruges, both in the pubs and underground.
A stay in a historic mansion-turned-hotel sounds particularly cozy. And sorry North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Australia (Antarctica, you were never in the running), but nowhere does a stunning estate better than Europe.
I once joined a discussion on a travel forum about Bruges and apparently pissed some people off who said you could see Bruges in a day or a day and a half. I suggested close to a week was more like it, and was grossly misinterpreted.
First but not foremost, there are objectively good beers and the stinky-sock beer may or may not be one of them. Second but foremost, almost any beer tastes darn good in the company of good friends in lovely cities like Brugge and Antwerp.
None of them were crowded, so I had plenty of time to contemplate, admire, and ponder. You can see each of them without feeling overwhelmed either by the art or by crowds.
Forget Paris, Milan and New York and shift your gaze in the direction of Antwerp, Belgium where this fashionably cool city boasts not only cutting edge designers, but also architectural tours that lead a path to the Art Nouveau district of Zurenborg.
Our travels yielded some good ideas that I'll surely incorporate into the repertory.
Sometimes, when you travel, a magical thing happens. You've put your guidebook away and just followed your nose, eyes or feet through a city.
2. Bath, England Used as the setting for the novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Old Town is beautiful mix
(garden and canal view from my bedroom) Lev Raphael is the author of the travelogue/memoir My Germany and 24 other books
Here in Antwerp's cathedral, a glass coffin seems to fit this vagabond's body as if tailor-made.
In the fashionable Dansaert quarter, just north of the Grand Place, you'll find designer boutiques and stylish cafes as well as classics like La Cremerie de Linkebeek, a 1902 cheese shop.
For those of you thinking about backpacking, consider taking a break in Belgium.
If you're flying to Europe or the UK this summer, consider the following three destinations.
Would you agree that there is some charming and yummy connection between good art and good food? Many world-class museums are not only trying to impress visitors with great art but also eager to impress their taste buds.
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