Top Ten Things to do in Belgium

Belgium is home to medieval cities, cathedrals, palaces, abbeys, forests, and many historical sites.  Brugge and Ghent have been preserved over the centuries, and are beautiful to visit.  Brussels and Antwerp have a more modern feel.  Brussels has art deco architecture and grand squares to enjoy, while Antwerp has stores that appeal to luxury shoppers.

I have compiled a list of the top ten things to do while in Belgium.

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  1. Royal Palace of Brussels is the official palace of the king and the queen, although they live in the Royal Palace of Laeken just outside of Brussels.  The palace is along Paleizenplein, and close by Brussels Park.  Items belonging to Napoleon, King Louis Phillipe, Leopold I, and Leopold II are in the Royal Palace.  During the summer the palace opens to visitors, who are allowed to view select rooms.
  2. Grand Place is a city square in central Brussels.  It is one of the most beautiful places on the planet and many historical events have happened here.
  3. Atomium is an iconic structure and a symbol of Brussels.
  4. Gravensteen is an amazing castle in Ghent.  You won't want to miss seeing this.
  5. Groeningemuseum is a museum in Bruges.  It is located on the site of the medieval Eekhout Abbey.  This museum includes Renaissance, Baroque, as well as modern masterpieces.
  6. Basilica of the Holy Blood is a Roman Catholic basilica located in Bruges.  It was built in the 12th century and is amazing to behold.
  7. Museum Mayer van den Bergh is located in Antwerp.  It features the collection of the late art collector Fritz Mayer van den Bergh.  The museum includes Renaissance and Gothic pieces from Belgium and the Netherlands.  Artists showcased here include Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Master Heinrich of Constanch, and Pieter Huys.
  8. Museum aan de Stroom is the largest museum in Antwerp.  It is on the banks of the Scheldt River and features postmodern art deco architecture.
  9. Pairi Daiza is a zoo and botanical garden in Brugelette.  It has some unique exhibits.  Algoa Bay has seals and penguins; and La Terre du Froid has reindeer, raccoons, and a train museum.  Pandas on loan from China can also be seen here.  A steam train takes patrons around the zoo and provides wonderful views of the exhibits and the zoo's large lakes.
  10. Zeebrugge is a village on the Belgian coast.  It is along the North Sea.  This seaside village has quaint cafes and beautiful beaches.

My Favorite Things to do in Disney World

I am back again and talking about the happiest and most magical place on Earth...Disney World!

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There are so many fun things to do in Disney World but today I am popping in to talk about my 10 favorite things to do when there.

  1. See the Indiana Jones show.  I love to watch this show when I go.
  2. Watch the fireworks at night.  This may come as a surprise with all there is to do there but for someone whose birthday is on the 4th of July, well I love to watch fireworks.  (At Christmastime it is fun to see the fireworks with lit up trees in the foreground.)
  3. Go watch the Lion King show.  The dancers, and the performance in general, are amazing.
  4. Go on Everest Ride.  It is quite the roller coaster but I love this ride.
  5. Eat my way through Epcot.  All the countries and all the good food...enough said!
  6. After a near food coma, I love to go on Soarin'.  The ride is so relaxing and calm after eating so much.  And it smells so good with the ocean smells and smell of orange trees.
  7. Go on classic rides like Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean.  These rides have been around for a long time and take most people back to past times.
  8. Especially if it is summertime and hot out, I love to go on Splash Mountain.  It is a great way to cool down.
  9. Watch It Is Tough To Be A Bug.  The putrid smell of the spray, the water spray, and the illusion of things crawling at your feet is so fun.
  10. Last, but certainly not least, visit characters such as Goofy, and definitely Mickey.  It wouldn't be a trip to Disney World without visiting Mickey!

I recommend getting a tour guide to be able to skip to the front of even Fast Pass lines.