Brussels is where we hung our hats for our time in Belgium, but we also visited a couple of other places. Belgium is a small country, so it is very easy to take day trips from Brussels. It was a bit disconcerting at first to find that there are very few places with English translations. Brussels is predominantly French-speaking, but Dutch is also commonly spoken, so signage is in both languages. If you don’t speak either language, it does complicate matters a bit!
Vibrant, hip, eclectic – we’re in Rotterdam! What a change of scenery from the other European cities we’ve visited! It turns out our hotel is the “Cool District” – how cool is that?! We visited Rotterdam a year ago as part of a European Cities Cruise. Our experience here was a bit mixed, given our travel “don’t” visit to Kinderdijk, (Rotterdam), but we decided to spend a few days here as a cheaper alternative to staying in Amsterdam. The train ride in to Amsterdam is only 40 minutes and the trains run frequently, so it is easy to get into the “big” city. Rotterdam is a big city in its own right, but it is a completely different vibe than Amsterdam.