#TravelTips: 24-hours in Brussels

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WHERE TO PARTY

This place called Le Mirano used to be a cinema before it was became a club. Fuse is known to be the biggest nightclub in Brussesls with DJs from all over the world spinning there. Divided into three floors, while the top two floors play hip-hop, house and jungle, the lowest floor is dedicated to techno.

Falstaff in lower town has been in business since 1904. Also in lower town is A La Most Subite has a rustic look to its interiors and is always full to its capacity. La Fleur En Papier Dare has been a popular spot since 1846 specially with popular artists.

Brussels has a very active night life and if you are game, the city promises you a night you will remember for a lifetime, and maybe even beyond!

WHAT TO EAT

When in Romans, do what the Romans do. But you are in Brussels and this place has quite a few food items which are famous the world over. Chances are that most of us have tasted these foods in our own countries or elsewhere but there is no bigger joy than travelling to the place which is famous for a particular dish and tasting the dish there!

So, Mussels, you must taste, provided you eat them of course. a staple that is available in just about any cafe across the city, the most common way of eating mussels is having it steamed in white wine.
What the world knows as french fries, is frites in Belgium. Forget about where these fries originated from, focus on who perfected it with the two-fold fry recipe. Again, available just about anywhere, from trucks to shops, I suggest you pick them up and much on the go.

What we call meat stew is Stoofvlees in Belgium. Made by slow cooking beef in beer, this dish is served with the beef is redy to melt in your mouth.
Did you know the the Belgians love meatballs? Served with Belgian cherry sauce or with tomato sauce, made of beef or pork – take your pick and dig in!
You can also try the grey shrimp croquettes when in Brussels. Of course, there will be belgian waffles to try as well!

WHERE TO SHOP

If you want to shop for brands, you can very well head of to the malls. However, the real shopping done at any new city is when one goes into the street markets and buys local ware. Brussels has numerous streets markets and I’d advice you step over to them for two very important reasons – 1) you can shop local, and 2) you can actually mingle with the local scene, people, and culture!

Rue Antonie Dansaert, Rue Bailli, Chaussée d’Ixelles, Rue Neuve and Avenue Louise are some of the most frequented and largest shopping streets in Brussels. Don’t forget to add them to your itinerary if you are heading over to the wonderful city of Brussels!

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#TravelTips: 24-hours in Amsterdam

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With this post, I enter the #AtoZChallenge of blogging in which I will be writing about things to do in cities listed in alphabetical order. For today, we have Amsterdam.

Cycling is the most preferred mode of commuiting amongst the people of Amsterdam. So, when there, hire one. The city has more than 8,00,000 cycles so one can imagine how convenient cycling around is. It is easy to maneuver, takes you everywhere and the city being bike friendly, cycling everywhere actually acts in your favour.

Amsterdam has something for everyone –  be it arts & exhibition, concerts & music, performing arts, museums, festivals, events, film and cinema. Here is a rundown of few things you must cover if you have 24 hours to spend in the city.

Anne Frank House

This is a part of history one shouldn’t miss. Even if you have never heard of Anne Frank, this is a good time to find out more and visit the musuem. The museum is open on all days of the week. This is the place where Anne and her family hid, and yes, this is where she wrote her diary. You can find out more about the timings, price or ticket and what else can be seen at their website http://www.annefrank.org/

FOAM Museum

The FOAM museum is an international photography organisation based in Amsterdam. If you are even remotely interested in photography, you might want to head over here. The museum is open on all days of the week though the timings differ. You’ll need to buy tickets which can be done from their website http://www.foam.org. You can be part of an ongoing tour or attend any of the current photo exhibitions.

Blue Boat Tour Company

Canal cruises in Amsterdam are absolute must and Blue Boat Amsterdam Canal Cruises give you the perfect ride which you deserve. You have the option of city canal cruise, open boat cruise, hard rock burger cruise, kids cruise, dinner cruise, and more. The experience is grand and once in a lifetime. Not only that, this gives you the wonderful opportunity to explore the city in a different manner. Know more about this at https://www.blueboat.nl.

Hermitage Museum

When one mentions the Hermitage Museum, what comes to mind is the one in Russia. However, there is a branch of the same museum at Amsterdam! Located in a building which dates back to 1861, it is at present the largest satellite museum. The musuem houses two very prominent and permanent exhibitions – Matisse to Malevich and The immortal Alexander the Great. If you wish to visit the place, learn more at their website http://www.hermitage.nl/en/.

Night Life

The nightlife scene at Amsterdam is on fleek and there is something for everyone – be it festivals, bars or night clubs. There is this option called the Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket which you can get from IAmsterdam, and gain unlimited access to eight different Amsterdam nightclubs for seven days. Along with the free pass, you’ll also get free welcome drinks.

These are only few of the places one can visit. It is quite possible that none of them interest you. These are just few suggestions from me, nothing more.

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