Tagged: architecture

Helsinki: the thought of leaving was unbearable

Helsinki Have you ever travelled somewhere and found that it hurt to leave? Somewhere that you felt so completely at home that your nomadic nature calmed and you wanted to stay for a while. This happens extremely rarely for me, I am always ready to...

Rotterdam Markthal

24 hours in Rotterdam on a Monday

Rotterdam, the Netherlands I left Chris standing on a platform in Belgium waiting for a train to take him Brussels airport; from now on, I am solo travelling. We had both planned our last night together in Brussels but the Belgian rail workers had different...

Antwerp, all sorts of Art!

Antwerp Antwerp is Belgium’s second largest city, its large port has meant it has been a wealthy, influential city for centuries. Today it is a thriving, fashionable city, the centre of the world diamond trade and, we were told , it is the second most...

Ghent

Ghent: Alterpieces, Dragons and Veggie Burgers

Ghent Around a thousand years ago Ghent was the second largest city in Europe, second only to Paris. Its wealth built on textiles. It thrived for centuries until it rebelled against Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, over taxes, despite being born in the city he...

Bruges

Bruges in the Rain

Bruges in the Rain, Belgium. Board the Eurostar at St Pancras, London and in less than four hours you can be wandering the picture-perfect streets of Bruges. It’s a simple platform change at Brussels: a smooth, roomy Belgian train will transport you for the last hour across the...

Angkor Wat

The temples of Angkor really do have to be seen to be believed, their number and scale are larger than you could ever imagine. They are detailed with breathtaking carvings, bas reliefs that tell the story of their history and the people who built them, and...

Historic Hoi An for Tet {Vietnamese New Year}

As we made our way towards the river on the first night, along the narrow streets strung with lanterns, we became part of a larger crowd heading in the same direction. This crowd had an element of chaos as motorbikes sliced noisily though it, parting...

Lincoln, Just Wow!

Lincoln is an attractive Cathedral city in the eastern midlands of England. We found ourselves over there at the weekend on our drive back up north. Always wanting to visit new places, this turned out to be a perfect destination. Mr VB had been here...