While the term refers to pieces composed between 500 and 1600, early music is far from being stuck in the past. In fact, today’s early music scene – spanning medieval, renaissance and baroque genres – is thriving, bringing together a huge number of instruments in harmonious and immersive performances. A number of talented musicians are taking to the stage this year for concerts in York, as well as Bruges and Leuven in Flanders. Continue reading Early music events: Flanders, Bruges and more
For many of us, the next week will see us looking to find the perfect gift to show mum our appreciation. There are no hard and fast rules about what to buy your mum for Mother’s Day, but we bet all she really wants is to spend some quality time with you. So we’ve put a unique travel twist on some traditional gift ideas to inspire you. Eschew traditional chocolates and flowers for something altogether more exciting. Here are some wanderlust-inspired treats to show your mum how much she means to you!
Treat yourself to a last-minute getaway and cross the last names off of your Christmas list while you’re at it. As you wander down historic streets laced with the warming scent of cinnamon, where fairy lights twinkle from the branches of towering trees and magnificent landmarks stand over dainty medieval houses, you’ll find yourself falling in love with the festive season all over again. Here’s our pick of the best Christmas markets in France, Germany and Belgium.
It’s that wonderful time of year again – where people gather together in the chilly town squares to visit Europe’s best Christmas markets, soak up some festive cheer, see the twinkling light displays and enjoy a steaming mug of comforting glühwein. While the markets’ winter wonderland atmospheres are undoubtedly a huge draw, there are countless unique gifts to find for loved ones back home too, with artisans and vendors coming from across the world to sell their wares.
Whether you like your Christmas markets big or small, traditional or original, you’ll find your favourite festive stop in Belgium. Stroll through magnificent streets illuminated by fairy lights and the warming glow of market stalls as the scent of freshly-sugared treats fills the air. Attracting a huge number of vendors from all over the world, these markets combine local gifts with international goods, making them the perfect place to stock up for your Christmas festivities. Here’s our pick of the best Christmas markets in Belgium.
Often, the best thing about Christmas is the dramatic build up to that one big day. Throughout November and December, it’s easy to get wrapped up in all the little things that make the festive season extra special, from sipping cinnamon-spiked lattes to adorning snow-flocked trees with kaleidoscopic baubles. Before you know it, it’s December 25th and the holidays have whizzed by in a blur, leaving you with a serious case of post-Christmas blues.
We’ve got the perfect cure: a restorative getaway to one of Belgium’s most winsome cities.
A picture-perfect destination with astounding architecture, Bruges is a cultural melting pot brimming with old-world charm. Located to the northwest of Belgium, this beautiful city boasts more than its fair share of flawlessly preserved medieval buildings and iconic Gothic landmarks – and all just a 25-minute drive from the port of Zeebrugge.
Whether it’s taking a stroll along the cobbled streets, enjoying world-famous waffles in one of its squares or discovering its stunning parks, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Bruges. Got 48 hours to spare? Read our guide to a weekend in beautiful Bruges.