38 Photos Of Belgium To Ignite Your Wanderlust Right Now

38 Photos Of Belgium To Ignite Your Wanderlust Right Now

    One of the many things I love about teaching yoga is that it allows me to meet and connect with lovely and inspiring people traveling through Dominical, Costa Rica. Though my classes are still small, I love that I’m getting to play a role in the experience these travelers get to have here. Particularly memorable was teaching a Vinyasa Flow class to a sweet couple on their wedding day. It was such a surprise and an honor to help them celebrate their special day. The reason why all of this is relevant is because I’ve also had the pleasure of teaching a few people from Belgium. Naturally meeting them got us talking about just how much we love Belgium. The food, the architecture, the people, the design, the food again… Before we knew it, Dan and I were wistfully browsing through the photos from our European adventures, fondly recalling the brilliant time we had there. Yet despite how much fun we had in Belgium, we never talked about it all that much on the blog. We shared our guide to 24 Hours in Brussels and provided a peek at our romantic getaway in Bruges. But we certainly didn’t give credit to the incredible sights and tastes we discovered. So since we were reminiscing, we figured it was only fair that we let you all in on it, too. Dan had a blast photographing Belgium—we hope these photos ignite as much wanderlust for you as they did for us!       Have you been to Belgium? Do these photos make you want to hop on a plane...
24 Hours in Brussels, Belgium

24 Hours in Brussels, Belgium

  Most Belgians we met told us not to bother with Brussels. “Sure, go see it. But then get out and explore our smaller gems, like Antwerp and Ghent.” We heeded their advice and scheduled only 24 hours in Belgium’s capital city. We were happy with this plan; we had a starry-eyed weekend getaway awaiting us in Bruges—and only five days to discover all of Belgium’s other attractions. But that’s not to say that we weren’t pleasantly surprised by our brief encounter with Brussels. The city has a grungy edginess to it, in a sort of young and fun-spirited way. For being the center of EU bureaucracy, there was an unexpected raw energy pervading through the streets. It was an energy we loved.   So I guess what we’re trying to say is that if you have the vacation time, give Brussels more of your Belgian itinerary than just one day. But if you’re working with a limited timeframe, utilize this 24-hour guide to get the most out of your Brussels visit—you won’t be disappointed.   How To Spend 24 Hours In Brussels, Belgium   Atomium Atomium is to Brussels what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. Originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World Expo, the unique cell-like building was never supposed to remain standing into the 21st century. Some Belgians love it, others find it hideous, but most admire the bizarre architectural feat. A visit to Atomum is a must if only to ride the escalators through the tubes to arrive at the panoramic view of Brussels from the top sphere. Along the way visitors also learn about...
Romance and Relaxation at Hotel Heritage in Bruges, Belgium

Romance and Relaxation at Hotel Heritage in Bruges, Belgium

    It doesn’t get more romantic than a weekend getaway to Bruges, Belgium.     With elegant canals, cobbled squares, medieval buildings and handcrafted chocolates, Bruges is the perfect place to fall in love with your special someone and also with Belgium. For such a romantic destination, an equally romantic hotel is only necessary. For this, there is Hotel Heritage.     Hotel Heritage is a boutique luxury hotel housed in a building that dates back to 1390. Over the years, the building has served many purposes, from merchant’s house to family home to central bank. It wasn’t until the early 1900s that the Creyton family purchased the building and converted it into the luxurious hotel it is today.     Our visit to Hotel Heritage was the perfect combination of 19th century style and 21st century amenities. Each of the 22 rooms is individually decorated with a diligent attention to detail. I had no trouble swooning over the décor that made use of hardcover books, typewriters, fresh flowers, candelabras and artwork.     Our room was extremely small, but still felt cozy-chic. The luxury, eco-friendly Nilson bed was the commanding feature, partially because it took up most of the space, partially because it was just so incredibly comfortable. The exquisite chandelier was another favorite detail of mine, while Dan found great amusement in the old-fashioned phone that actually functioned to call reception. Additional in-room amenities included an iPad with WiFi, a Nespresso machine, a trouser press, and a well-stocked mini-bar.     Hotel Heritage boasts a luxurious lounge, one of the most unique workout centers we’ve ever seen...