On Sunday, February 11th, 2018, the 90th carnival parade walked through the streets of Aalst, Belgium. The sun was shining (occasionally) and we, together with about 90000 other people, enjoyed the colorful costumes, beautiful floats, and the inventive songs. It is a special day for everybody who lives in Aalst and something special to experience for tourists. Here are some pictures and a short movie to enjoy the atmosphere.
Amsterdam is an amazing city to visit: lovely picturesque canals, famous musea, and a lot of history. We were there for 1.5 days and had plenty of time to do a lot of things. Visiting Amsterdam soon? Here are some ideas on what to do. There are so many more things to do, but this is already a very good start.
Although we are living in Belgium, we don’t visit The Netherlands, and particularly Amsterdam a lot. In fact, I have lived in The Netherlands (Eindhoven) for almost 4 years and I have visited Amsterdam twice. So when we were looking for an interesting city not far from Belgium, we quickly decided on this beautiful historical city.
For our trip to Amsterdam, we decided on taking a hotel outside the city center: XO Hotels Park West. For one, these are not so expensive and it is not so noisy compared to hotels in the center of Amsterdam. XO Hotels Park West is conveniently located right across a tram stop which brings you to the city center in about 15 minutes. You can buy tickets in the vending machines in the lobby of the hotel. The last tram leaves the city center a little past midnight.
If you like beer and aren’t afraid of a challenge, you have to participate in the Great Breweries Marathon. Don’t let you scare you with the word marathon because there are also other options; you can run 25 km or walk 25km or 42km. The first edition in 2016 was a success and was completely sold out with 1500 runners and 4000 walkers.
Being born and raised in Aalst (Belgium), I really have to promote its ´world-famous’ carnival. Although not as famous as the carnival in Rio or Venice it still attracts around 90000 people to the parade on Sunday each year. If you are in Belgium around that time, you must come and celebrate carnival in Aalst. It is a special and fantastic experience.
Budapest is a hot city to visit at the moment and that doesn’t come as a surprise because it has a lot to offer: beautiful parks and boulevards, an intriguing history, a wide variety of thermal baths, and amazing food. About the latter, we will talk later but first, let us see what you can do in the capital of Hungary.