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Rick Steves Belgium: Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp & Ghent
Rick Steves Belgium: Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp & Ghent | Rick Steves, Gene Openshaw
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Belgium. With this guide, you'll ride bikes over cobblestone streets and embark on cruises through charming canals. Stop and smell the tulips as you hike past whirring windmills. Visit the ultramodern European Parliament. Explore beyond the cosmopolitan bustle of Brussels with trips to Ghent and Antwerp. When it's time for a break, sample fine chocolates or sip local beerseach served in its own distinctive glass. Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. He'll help you plan where to go and what to see, depending on the length of your trip. You'll get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.
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This week‘s #libraryhaul. I am giving serious thought to quitting my job and traveling for a month before resuming the job hunt.

bookseller_cate I recently gave my notice at my job. Don‘t know yet what I‘ll do, but travel is definitely on the table. 4mo
Chelsea.Poole That would be so awesome! 4mo
brennahawleycraig We did Normandy a couple years ago and the history there is incredible. Highly recommend. 4mo
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CarolynM I visited those Belgian cities last year. It was one of the best trips ever. Bruges is incredibly beautiful - if you go there make sure you stay a couple of nights in the town and walk around at night and first thing in the morning when the streets are mostly empty because there are no day trippers. I had no expectations of Antwerp but it turned out to be the highlight for me. It is such a vibrant small city and it's full of interesting things👇 4mo
CarolynM Like the Plantin-Moretus Museum and Reubens House. Enjoy your travels, wherever you end up going🙂 4mo
JaclynW Sounds like a great idea! 4mo
BarbaraBB Sounds like a plan. Both the Belgian cities and the Normandy coast are so beautiful. 4mo
BarbaraBB Oh and I loved Scotland. 4mo
Jas16 @bookseller_cate the uncertainty is pretty scary but so is staying at a job that is making you miserable. Where do would you want to visit if you decide to travel? 4mo
Jas16 @CarolynM thank you so much for the suggestions! I am even more excited about Belgium now. 4mo
Jas16 @BarbaraBB I am starting to think a month might not be long enough. So many places I want to visit if I can stretch my budget. 4mo
Jas16 @brennahawleycraig That is so great to hear. I have been wanting to make it there for years. 4mo
bookseller_cate @jas16 Looks like I might take a couple months off and enroll in a couple continuing education course. The introductory on Russian is calling my name. 😊 4mo
Jas16 @bookseller_cate That sounds like a fantastic plan. 4mo
brennahawleycraig @Jas16 I would recommend our tour guide but he stopped doing them 😣 4mo
Suet624 Working at a place that makes you miserable is 😭😭. I hope you find a different job soon. 💕 4mo
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Special event alert: Ghent festival!

#backpackEurope participants. If you are currently in Belgium or will be there before the end of the week, you will get to attend the Ghent festival, a giant street party with music and performances.
🔹The challenge: create and post a playlist for your Belgium book. Must contain at least 7 songs.
🔹Points: you will earn 2 extra points for successfully completing it.


mabell Yay!! I'm starting Belgium today, just as soon as I finish my Netherlands book review! 🎉🎉 1y
BarbaraBB Great challenge this. Next year I‘m in! 1y
JenP @mabell perfect timing! 1y
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JenP @BarbaraBB you are welcome to join in anytime. I‘m still in the UK so haven‘t moved far and the challenge goes through end of September! 1y
BarbaraBB Where do I start? Schiphol Airport or isn‘t that allowed since I live in the Netherlands? 1y
JenP @BarbaraBB European participants may start in their home country so your first book would be the next place you move to from your home country. Or you could fly to London, or France too if you wanted to start from there 1y
BarbaraBB That means Belgium in my case. How lucky 😉 1y
JenP @BarbaraBB also detailed instructions are on the blog challenge page but feel free to ask more questions. I‘m taking. My time “traveling” since I have a bunch of other challenges too. https://thereadersroom.org/summer-2018-reading-challenge-backpack-across-europe/ 1y
JenP @BarbaraBB I know 😊 marvelous timing to start your travels! 1y
BarbaraBB @JenP coincidentally! 1y
JenP @BarbaraBB also if your first book can make a connection to the landmark Grand Place you can get a whopping 7 points for the book and mini challenge! 1y
BarbaraBB Grand Place is in Ghent? 1y
JenP @BarbaraBB Brussels but if your book mentions it, you get the points (edited) 1y
Kalalalatja I really hope my library book for Belgium will be ready before the end of the week 🤞 1y
JenP @Kalalalatja good luck! 1y
Cinfhen Darn, just settled on Madrid ~ end of week means next Thursday or this Sunday??? 1y
JenP @Cinfhen Sunday 1y
Cinfhen So that‘s NOT happening 😂 1y
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“Assume you‘ll be back.”
It‘s always a good day when new travel books come! Yes, they‘re cliche, but I haven‘t found a better tool to help you wrap your arms around a place (in Europe) you haven‘t seen before than a Rick Steves guide. That nugget of advice on not trying to do everything is in every book, but I think it‘s a good one for life. Leave a good impression everywhere you go. Assume you‘ll be back.