Winter Wonders in Brussels

Winter Wonders Brussels

Winter Wonders have started on Saturday and it means Brussels takes another look for over a month. May I recommend you skip the commercial bit on the Place Ste Catherine : where is the point of buying Greek stuff in Brussels for Christmas franquely? Instead, dont miss the lights and music on the Grand Place every evening, it is marvelous, despite of the cold dry weather, I try my best to attend at least a couple of times, it is enchanting, and then go for a walk through the Galeries St Hubert, full of Belgian produce and the great bookshop Tropismes, I find this area bucolic and charming when it is not overwhelmed with Chinese and Spanish tourists : what about Saturday morning for a walk and Sunday evening for the lightshow? enjoy!

 

 

Gent

what a beautiful city! the atmosphere is great, many people around and they have free wifi around town. The buildings are stunning and there are loads of boutique, we had lunch at Max in front of the novotel and it was great value for money with a fantastic soup.

by the end of the day, it was charmed by Gent

 

 

Auvergne

Just spent a few days in Auvergne and I am impressed by the downturn in France. I dont know where we are going but we are on the way to a major downturn. People are sad with no perspective, the level at school is low if not poor, children dont see the benefit, teachers change all the time and are depressed by the lack of education.

I noticed that many workers are now coming from abroad, where are the French? this left me very dubious on the whole atmosphere, the government says they are taking steps to stop the economic crisis and the financial situation, will it be enough? I have a feeling they are just making public announcements with hardly any effect until the presidential election, that is a concern.

Having said that, my house is up for rent again, anyone interested?? nice location, nice views, very peaceful! I wonder if i could rent it to you guys for a holiday? anyone would be interested in spending a week holiday there? it is ideal for family with children as is very quiet, very safe, ideal to go for walks in the woods, visit Aubusson and the tapestry, Limoges for the China, Vichy for the shopping and spas, 2 tiny spa towns in the area with both offering one-week spa treatments at very competitive rates, here is the poll : who would? let me know

 

Flying from the US

I flew back from Las Vegas using United this Friday and let me tell you!! You can really see they are only making money and trying to make the most of it, passengers are truly bums on seats, the stewardess would not even look at me, no eye contact from Washington to Brussels, food is ugly, bad, breakfast comes in a bag.

I wonder why the american companies provide such a bad service when service is usually so good in restaurants and shops across the country. I wonder why european airlines provide a much better service on the same route for the same price

The only one that is exception and provides a great full service on intercontinental flights is air canada

Spumanti

Jan and I had a gourmet week-end in August around the Amalfi Coast. What an amazing area? My expectations were not so high and I only thought it would be a nice beach area!

I was wrong.

We stayed at the Crowne Plaza Sorrento Coast, lovely hotel, lovely people, lovely breakfast

On the Friday, we decided to drive to Positano for a unique dinner facing the sea and the bay, it was marvelous and we had a fab dinner.

On the Saturday, we had the recommendation for a restaurant in Sorrento and that was absolutely amazing, quality was there, as well as a friendly service, we discovered a fantastic spumanti : Tenuto il Bosco Phileo Rose

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