Ieper (Ypres), Belgium

Ypres was pretty much destroyed during World War 1.  The history, before, during and after the war is truly fascinating and definitely worth researching before you go. Outside of the town we found the Hooge Crater Museum.  The museum was interactive and explained what happened in Ypres and the surrounding areas during World War 1. …

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…