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Bruges, Belgium

by MDee
    
                                                                        Lake of   Love

Bruges, Belgium

A day trip to Belgium from Amsterdam was so convenient. Just a border away!. While in the Bus, I sat back in comfort while admiring the beautiful scenery as we pass along the Dutch and the Belgian countryside, the fascinating views of landscapes, beautiful buildings and other tour buses traveling along the highway.

First stop – Bruges, one of the incredible beautiful area known as “ Minnewater.” Where, the Lake of Love and Lovers Bridge are tucked away at the southern end of the North sea. It is a great place to be with someone you love. They say, it is a place where- “If you walk over the bridge and kiss someone you love it will become eternal love” A tranquil location with in the confines of the city.

A legend- tells the story of a young and pretty girl named Minna who was in love with the Stromberg- a warrior of a neighboring tribe. Her father did not agree with her love and arranged her to marry a man of his choice. A fisherman named Horneck. Minna’s father was a Sailor and is getting old and choses Horneck for her as a husband.  Minna escaped and ran into the forest. When Stromberg finally found her, she died in his arms of exhaustion. The lake was named after Minna and the bridge by the lake was considered The Bridge of Love– in her honor.  The park is home of numerous festivals throughout the year and the SWAN is the Minnewater emblem.

Bruges – is  the capital of West Flanders in Northwest Belgium . Explore to discover the old city, including the tall watchtower known as “The Gun Powder Tower.” The church of our Lady of Madonna and Child with its 122-meter brick, dominates the skyline of the city. Although there are many adaptations of Madonna and Child wither it is a Painting or  a Sculpture, it represents the very core of Christianity.

There’s so much more to see in Bruges if time permits. Bruges are famous for its Lace making -also it  is distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. Port Zeebrugge  is an important center for fishing and European trade.

Brussels- Sightseeing around the Capitol, The Grand Palace, Famous Landmarks, Century Old Buildings, International Banks ,Town Hall (Hotel de Ville) and of course Belgian Chocolates Factory for some treats which are several. The Little Pissing Man (a landmark) Bronze Fountain Sculpture in Central Brussel. Depicting a naked boy urinating into the fountain basin. Then The Royal Palace of the King and Queen of the Belgians in the center of the Nation Capital. It was a Wonderful day !

 Plan your Travel Destination soon.!!!

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Boracay Island , Philippines

by MDee

Boracay Island

I once visited Boracay Island few years ago, Famous for its white sands and crystal clear blue water
that also house ship wrecks and coral reefs.

We walk around the Island’s white sand beach, sometimes on barefoot, stopping for some treats along the way.
You will never runout of things to do in Boracay. From swimming to island hopping, diving and snorkeling, sailing and kayaking.     If you are a type of diver that simply can not choose between wrecks and reefs when it comes to planning your vacation ?
which there are many around the world where you can have both, But one of the most spectacular of these is Boracay Island,
Scuba diving in the colorful reef life. Divers will be treated to a stony and soft corals, swim-throughs, caves and plenty of marine life actions and many more.

Best season to visit the island is December to May(dry season/peak season). Regardless of the season, Both international tourist and
local visitors keeps coming back to Boracay for leisure, relaxation and water activities.
Accommodation are reasonable from luxury to mid-range budget. Back packers staying in the hotel is the best, They have dorm type rooms, single and more. Bring an umbrella with you to protect you from the sun and unexpected down pour of rain, also your favorite beach necessities, sun blocks, googles and eyewear.

Boracay Island is located at the central part of the Philippines, With many more Islands around it, like The Chocolate Hills in Bohol Island that turns brown in the dry season,  El Nido Beach in Palawan Island, It’s known for white-sand beaches, coral reefs and as the gateway to the Bacuit archpelago.  Miniloc Island is famed for the clear waters of its Small and Big lagoons.
Nearby Shimizu Island has fish-filled waters. The area has many dive sites, including Dilumacad Island’s long tunnel leading to an
underwater cavern.

Before you get to Boracay Island, for International travel must land to MIA International Airport, Take a domestic flight to Kalibo Airport  then a bus will take you to the boat waiting that will transfer you to the island. If you are in Kalibo around mid-January, they have a celebration called the Ati-atihan Festival, which for us here is called Caribbean Festival. While you are in the Philippines, explore Manila, You will not regret you came.  I had the best time during my visit at The Pearl of the Orient, The Philippines.

AIRBNB: for cheaper Accommodations


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