• Katie

TULIPS, MICHELANGELO, AND CHOCOLATE

Belgium can be one of the most picturesque places you could ever visit. With stunning gothic architecture, charming small towns that are impossibly quiet, and an extensive network of canals in the romantic city of Bruges, it's the perfect place for all types of tourists. Belgium has a well-connected international airport, and by train, you can reach every corner of the country. Belgium isn't a country you can visit in haste; there's a reason the country is known for its slow pace. If you plan on visiting Belgium, you should take the opportunity to step back and enjoy life at a slower pace. When you do see Belgium, make sure you don't forget to visit these...

Floralia Brussels

Belgium has its very own tulip festival. It certainly doesn't get better than a castle and tulips. The festival takes place at the Groot Bijgaarden Castle, home to a 14-hectare park with almost 400 varieties of tulips. The park has tulips presented in all sorts of arrangements, from a heart-shaped arrangement of red tulips to its rainbow valley, which has a kaleidoscope of different colored tulips. The park also has a tulip maze, French garden, and canal. There's even a cafeteria with a variety of food and drinks.

Madonna of Bruges

The Madonna of Bruges is a marble sculpture by Michelangelo of the Virgin Mary and her child Jesus. The sculpture wasn't always as well protected. During the French Revolution, the sculpture was taken by soldiers to Paris; France returned it after Napoleon's defeat in 1815. This wouldn't be the last time the sculpture would leave Belgium. During World War II, German soldiers would smuggle the sculpture to Germany. The Madonna was then found in Austria and returned to Belgium once again. The sculpture, which can be found in the Church of Our Lady in Bruges, is only one of the many pieces of history that you can embrace in Belgium.

Smooth, Rich and Indulgent - Belgian Chocolate

Belgian chocolate is one of the finest chocolates, if not the finest chocolate produced. Belgian chocolatiers use high-quality cocoa beans, 100% pure cocoa butter, and higher cocoa content than most foreign chocolates. The chocolate masters have created a variety of chocolate flavors for you to choose from, too. There's also a handful of chocolate museums for the real chocolate lovers and enthusiasts to visit.

Each season in Belgium will give you its perception of the country. The best times to visit are during the spring months, which start in April and end in June. The pleasant weather makes it the perfect time to roam the country. The summer that begins in July and ends in August is also one of the better seasons to visit Belgium. The warmer temperatures range from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius (68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit). Keep in mind that the summers are when Belgium has its most tourists. If you're looking for a more laid-back trip, then the autumn months are for you. There are no major festivals during the fall, and you should be prepared for frequent rainfall during September and October.

After reading this, I'd be surprised if you don't already have Belgium on your 'Places to Visit' list. All you have to do is pick a season and tell us when you want to leave, and we'll take it from there.

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