All I want for Christmas is……To Visit 10 European Christmas Markets

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Austria, Belgium, Christmas Travel, Continents, England, Europe, Food, France, Hungary, News, Opinion, Perfect Places To Stay, Photo Journeys, Poland, Shopping, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Top Ten Travel Tips, Ukraine, Wishlists, Worldwide Vacation

Brussels at Christmas

Brussels at Christmas

At the start of winter I usually struggle with the idea of weekends away to colder European countries – ever clinging onto that last bit of winter sun.

But that all changes come Christmas when I’m a sucker for short breaks to snowy cities and can’t wait to hit the European Christmas markets to stock up on stockings, buy more bobbly hats and glug down some Glühwein.

Here are my recommendations for the best Christmas markets in Europe

Antwerp Photography: A Visual Essay On Belgium’s Capital of Cool

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Antwerp, Belgium, Continents, Europe, Photo Journeys

Antwerp bicycles

Antwerp’s omnipresent bicycles

I make no secret of my somewhat controversial love affair with Belgium. Where others see Belgium as an ugly sister to France’s more deserving glass-slippered mademoiselle I see the destination as the unsung heroine; rather cute and easy-on-the-eye but distinctly self-aware and modest to a fault.

But outside the classic fairytale looks of Ghent, Bruges and any number of smaller Belgian towns, the city of Antwerp sparkles beyond just its diamond trade, and does the trendy urban thing like there’s no tomorrow. Take a photographic walk through the streets of Belgium’s ultimate too cool for school city with this selection of Antwerp photography…

The 5 Simple Reasons I Love Belgium (& You Should Too)

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Antwerp, Belgium, Continents, Europe, Food, Opinion, Worldwide Vacation

Antwerp’s Answer to Boris Bikes

Olympic President Jacques Rogge hasn’t been the only Belgian in town over the last few weeks. I’ve been busy showing some Belgian friends round my home city of London recently, so today I’m going Team Belgian on you with a brief but impassioned 5 point guide to why I Love Belgium – and why Belgium, contrary to what you might have heard, totally rocks for a short break…