Belgium is a tiny country full of surprises and delights making up part of the European coast line on the North Sea. It is a wonderful mix of architecture that appears to have been taken from the pages of a fairy tale book. Large town squares are dominated by marvelous Gothic and medieval buildings that reach high into the sky.
At ground level beneath the quaint buildings specialist shops can be found in abundance; just try to walk past one of the tempting Belgian chocolate shops that would make even the rigid of dieters flex once the aroma of chocolate assails their senses. How about diamond viewing in a morning followed by a lunch of Belgian fries and mayonnaise washed down by a glass of Stella Artois beer?
There are many Belgium travel websites but begin with one of the ‘world wide’ travel websites, http://wikitravel.org/en/Belgium. These travel websites always provide a comprehensive ‘no-frills’ statistical background plus travel information including hints for hitchhikers, cities to visit, local dishes and how to stay safe and healthy.
Another international site is the About.comm site, http://goeurope.about.com/cs/belguim/a/belgium_secret.htm ; these sites give plenty of information about the country and planning hints. There are user friendly ‘drop down’ options for further exploration and lists of books that will either be on every Belgium enthusiasts’ bookshelves or shopping lists.
Travelling to Belgium is easy, as well as being served by all major airlines from around the world it can also be reached by Eurostar http://www.seat61.com/Belgium.htm from England and by ferry giving the traveler a different choice of transport.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g188634-Belgium-Vacations.html , the Trip Advisor sites, again a recognized world travel website, is full of information and photographs concerning Belgium. The site invites people to write reviews and opinions of their visit to the country. There are options to find out about hotels, restaurants, towns and cities to visits plus being able to book flights and hotels from this site.
For the student, access http://www.studenttraveler.com/mod-htmlpages-display-pid-65.html to find out not only about travel but also studying and working overseas. Backpacking and students can go together and the http://www.the-backpacking-site.com/countries/belgium-overview.html gives useful hints for travelers who prefer to travel light.
Lonely Planet book guides have been used by travelers for over 30 years and have now made a natural progression into the computer age. Search their http://www.lonelyplanet.com/belgium and discover a travel website full of practical information. All the necessary listings are there for hotels, restaurants, sightseeing, photographs and transport. Useful ‘blogs’ help to make this travel website a must for planning any visit to Belgium.
Sadly during World War 1 Belgium saw many famous battles. These battlefields are regularly visited by veterans, their families and historians. Two travel websites worth accessing to learn of Belgium’s part in this war are http://www.visitflanders.co.uk/go/destinations/ypres-intro.html and http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g188675-d878822-Reviews-Flanders_Battlefield_Tours-Ypres_West_Flanders.html
Before leaving Belgium, visit Bruges http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruges and take a relaxing trip around the canals. The travel websites of http://www.360cities.net/virtual-tour/bruges-canal?view=simple http://www.trabel.com/brugge-ta-boottocht.htm and http://www.in-bruges.co.uk/canal-boat-tour-in-bruges/canal-boat-tour-in-bruges.html have photographs and maps of the canals. After the canal odyssey move to the main square and take a horse drawn carriage tour http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Provincie_West_Vlaanderen/Brugge-357609/Transportation-Brugge-Horse_Drawn_Carriage_Tours-BR-1.html to view the splendour of the buildings.
Finally, it is always advisable to visit government travel websites to discover if there is any official information the traveler needs to know; US citizens can access http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1044.html with British citizens accessing http://ukinbelgium.fco.gov.uk/en . Interesting facts can be learnt from each site no matter what nationality the traveler is.
Visit and enjoy this box of delights that is packaged as ‘Belgium’.