Tam Coc Ninh Binh, Vietnam. 2008
Brussels is a lovely city. It's easier to get to than many Americans think. We flew on a direct flight from Charlotte to Munich overnight, and on to Brussels from there. Lufthansa was our carrier, and they were quite good. I felt like the seats in economy weren't quite big/soft as the physical seats on Delta's long-haul aircraft, but that isn't an objective statement (could have easily been in my head). After our arrival, we walked around Cinquantenaire, which is a large, public park in the eastern district of the city. We stayed in the Holiday Inn Brussels - Schuman, which is a moderate hotel, but in a great location.
Cinquantenaire is a lovely public park in Brussels. There were many locals in the park enjoying the sun, playing soccer and badminton, and relaxing with a bottle of wine. The weather was really nice to a North Carolinian in the summer; it was about 70 degrees in the afternoon with a gentle breeze. The centerpiece of Cinquantenaire is a large arcade with two halls. One side is the Royal Military History Museum, and the other is Autoworld. We spent nearly four hours inside the Autoworld museum enjoying the collection of priceless, mostly irreplaceable automobiles from around the world. Once I get all my pictures sorted, I'll make an individual post just on Autoworld.
From Brussels we traveled through Luxembourg by train and bus. The train was quite nice. We purchased Global Rail Passes so that we had some flexibility. I was especially grateful we decided to get the first class passes because there was a large group of kids between seven and ten that were quite loud in the second class car. The first class car was nearly empty, very quiet, and quite relaxing. The train ride wasn't all that scenic, but we passed small towns in Belgium and Luxembourg as well as a few industrial areas. Once we got to the Luxeumbourg City train station, we jumped on the bus to Remich, on the banks of the Moselle river.
We boarded the river cruise in Remich, and set off for German wine country.
Born and raised in the travel industry, Avery clings to a unique and profound drive to explore the planet's people, their cultures, history and architecture, as well as natural settings, landscapes and ecosystems. Outside of his upbringing in the travel industry, Avery's higher education mainly consists of Environmental Biology and Anthropology; his knowledge in both greatly influence his travel.