Ghent, Belgium

Driving to Ghent can be quite tricky once off the highway.  After a few twists and turns down some archaic streets, we found Gravensteen Castle.  We parked, fed the meter (since we didn’t discover the Belgian Parking card yet) and walked up the road to the castle. It was quite early so we didn’t have…

Verdun, France

There’s nothing like driving through and touring the Champagne region on your way to visit Verdun, a major battle site from World War 1. In 1916, the battle of Verdun lasted 9 months and claimed over 300,000 lives, with another 300,000 wounded.  There are many worthy battlefields and museums to visit in Verdun, as well…

Brussels, Belgium

We arrived in Brussels right after their annual pride festival.  It was an amazing sight with all the buildings glowing in rainbow color at night.  We stayed in the Grand Place area, which is a safe and convenient alternative to other areas.  Brussels is a walking city, so avoid driving there if possible.  The metro…

Welcome to DIY Abroad

Ever want to plan a trip on a budget but don’t know where to start?  Ever try to use a travel agent or coordinator without really knowing what you’re actually paying for? Ever wonder why some destination norms are so different from what you are used to, but were unaware prior to your trip? The…