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Belgium :- Strictly for Art and Grand Prix

Time of visit :- between April and October



Budget :- Anywhere between 2 lacs to 3 lacs per person (Including Return Air fare Economy and some mediocre shopping there)



Deparure :- A flight from Mumbai to Brussels is directly available, probably a 13 hour flight, not more than that (Depends on your carrier)



Start with exploring Brussels.. As often perceived by many Indians, Europeans are very hygienic and prefer cleaner environments, Brussels will force you to rethink, i am not saying they are not clean, but Brussels will give you one raw image of how ancient colonies were maintained and are same till date, city centre is mainly divided in lower town and upper town, lower town has La Grand Place while upper town comprises of world famous art galleries. La Grand Place is a UNESCO heritage site, often called as one of most beautiful square in Europe, my fav is Trafalgar square in London though. Have a royal time at La Grand Place and walk down the lanes where you can smell darkest belgian chocolates being served to the tourists. Once you are done with La grand place, take a visit to Place du Grand Sablon for finest Belgian Dark Chocolates, it's very expensive compared to other shops though. Oh, forgot to add Mannekin Pis, it is a statue of small boy, i don't know the significance but we had good photo shoots there . We spent one full day in Brussels spending on chocolates, and some of the very rare Irish breweries.



Belgium is a very small country hence transport is very effecient there, we took a train from Brussels to Liege and reached there in almost 50 minutes, not more than that i suppose, besides, there are so many breweries that you will feel a need to skip your morning coffee and gulp down the world's finest of the beers in the morning itself. Reaching Liege gave us our biggest fear, most of people were speaking french, so either you learn the language or take a translator with yourself, unlike brussels where crowd was speaking english french and dutch, here people will stick to french only. Liege is mostly famous for art museums and archeology, we got our hands on some decorative art as well and at a very good price, there are fewest of the things to explore here, first being the glass museum and other being the weapons museum, weaponary as they call it. After looking at the boring museums for almost 4 hours, to get rid of hangover of early morning beers, we gave ourself a treat for a cuppa coffee made of exclusive dark coffee beans, and an exquisite french lunch, once free from lunch, we took a bicycle on rent and headed out to ride on the banks of river meuse. Frankly speaking there was nothing much to explore in Liege, however a friend says we did not do much research about this place, so you can search for yourself as well.




We stayed in Liege for a day, because next day we were supposed to head to Spa, Spa is name of city where Belgian Grand Prix is held, BGP was primary reason why we visited Belgium in August and not any other month. Almost a 70 minutes rail from Liege to Spa, we straight away headed towards world's most beautiful Grand Prix Circuit in the world. Grand Prix tickets are not included in touring price, ticket of grand prix only was about 1350 Euros for the lower stand, if you are lucky enough you can get hold of world's best F1 racers, we were unfortunate in this regard. SPA also hold the annual music fun festival exclusively to strengthen their french culture, we missed it but you please search from your end about it and plan accordingly, we selected august coz of grand prix only.



We spent just half a day in Spa, from there we visited Knokke Heist, it is around 270 kms i remember, we hired one SUV and headed out to most beautiful road trip of my life, there were many beautiful cities and towns covered in between, which i cannot mention here due to time, knokke has 5 or 6 popular beaches all famous for different reasons, be careful while selecting a beach, there are beaches where you will see only families, and there are beaches where you will see only tourists no locals. We reached Knokke in night, so it was just sleep time, but next morning, that was our 4th morning in the country. We started with a visit to Nature Park where you can see flock of birds migrating from one country to another, and there are many small lanes built inside where u can easily watch the birds and learn about them, that was one pretty experience. Then we took a boat trip, there are many locals who offer you the trips, but be careful, there are many less who will help u in catching a glipmse of the seals as well , imagine a seal approaching from bottom of the water and then boom, near your boat, loveliest and cutest of the things i have ever witnessed . Around 2 in the noon we headed to a beach where we had all sorts of fun, right from water games to surfing, yes surfing is not as tough as it seems, u should try it there. There was a shack near by beach where u can relax and have fun food and frolic, almost 4 PM and we took a private boat on rent and headed out to explore the sea, it was a girls only experience , u can either choose this or the boat trip mentioned earlier, this was a luxurious experience, and we opted for both, if u take this one make sure u have enough cameras and booze with urself. After 3 hours in this, we reached shores again and decided to roll some dice, headed straight towards Grand Casino. Looked small from outside but inside it was no less than a Belagio of Vegas, ok not Belagio but ya it was pretty big for this town. Have food gamble music and entertainment there, if ur lucky u can win some money, we lost 3000 euros there


Next morning from Knokke we headed to Spa again and from Spa again to Brussels since we had a flight to catch. This was our 4 day experience there, while returning we carried lots and los of belgian chocolates with wine of course but when we came back, we felt a day spent in Liege was fully wasted, instead we could have gone to other places like Ghent or Namur, had we spent only three or four hours in Liege, then we could have explored Ghent as well which is famous for Canals and Irish breweries. But that is ok, the negative point of visiting a european country is you have only architecture and art to explore, i mean these people are crazy about art museum and any old architecture, if you love such things you will fall in love with Belgium, we friends wanted to visit Belgium because of Belgium Grand Prix only and we did that, Knokke was nice, we loved it and had lots of champagne on our private boat. If anyone reading this has this money and wants to really explore some good adventurous stuff, i will try to publish my Asutralian experience, Australians are crazy and we love them a lot

That is it, i don't remember much from those 5 days, it's been almost a year and a half since we have been there, so prices may vary a bit.

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Wahh abb to mera bhi mann kar raha hai ke 2, 3 saal takk koshish karke Belgium dekhlo laikin Liege nahi jaunga.
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Wahh abb to mera bhi mann kar raha hai ke 2, 3 saal takk koshish karke Belgium dekhlo laikin Liege nahi jaunga.

Arey it was pretty, but we had no info about town and uske chakkar mein we missed some good stuff, but overall u love art or such things ?
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Can u pls tell more about this, I am planning to go here next year, it will be of a very big help to me
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Will write about Australia, Europe will bore me again, and besides I have been to UK France and Italy only in Europe

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