Tuesday, 15 September 2015

A Brussels layover - 3 stories

Menneken Pis
Get your picture taken with the famous Menneken Pis!
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Do you have a layover in Brussels, Belguim on your horizon? Not sure what you can do with limited time? Here is sage advice from travellers who have done it:

Why you should stay in Brussels on your next layover! - Travestyle
Matin's tips for an overnight layover in Brussels includes suggestions for where to stay, and where not to, allowing you to learn from her mistake.
A 20 min train ride will take you to the heart of Brussels where you’ll be drowned in garish facades and exquisite architecture with plenty of Belgian delicacies to nibble on. I have to say my first impression of Brussels wasn’t so satisfying but as soon as I stepped foot in Place centrale I was head over heels!.. [read the story]
45 minutes in Brussels - Dripping with Passion
Charity may be a little more daring than most, squeezing in a quick waffle dash, with no room for error, but she does show what's posdible.
I figured I had enough time to get into the city to explore and eat a waffle and then back to the airport. I hurried as much as possible through customs and scurried to the train terminal and hopped on a train to Brussels central station. By the time I got to the center of the city, I had just 45 minutes before I had to turn around and go back again. It was a little crazy, but totally worth it... [read the story]
How to spend a layover in Brussels - Cultural Xplorer
Chanel offers practical tips for a short layover, including the city's secret spot for vista views and photo opps.
On my way from New York City to Amsterdam during my 2014 Euro-Trip, I had a short 10-hour layover in Brussels, Belgium. Despite having a short time frame to work with, I was able to get a lot of things accomplished and see everything on my list. The city is very easy to navigate and a lot the major sights are accessible by foot, which makes planing a trip to the city very convenient... [read the story]
Related resources
Brussels by Private Car Tour
Brussels Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour
The Brussels Card - city museum/sightseeing pass
Brussels Layover Guide & Things to Do in Brussels
Brussels International Airport (BRU) transportation guide
Brussels Charleroi Airport (CRL) transportation guide

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Get Cooking on Your Layover: South America

Taking a #cooking class from one of the kewlest #chefs in #Brazil. Open air kitchens rock!
Taking an open air cooking class in Brazil
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Are you a foodie? Love to travel? Why not arrive home from your next vacation inspired to cook up a storm with a few new techniques?

This is the third in our series to help you Get Cooking on Your Layover.

If you missed them, check out our earlier posts, packed with cooking classes around the globe (the first also has links to resources from Boots'nAll, Frommer's, Transitions Abroad, Travel+Leisure, Trip Advisor and more):
We are continuing the series with delicious cooking classes you can take during your travels in South America.

with our instructor, norma
A memorable cooking class in Buenos Aires
creativecommons image sanchow on Flickr
Buenos Aires: Cooking Class
Buenos Aires: Cooking Class with Malbec Wine
Buenos Aires: Interactive Dining Experience - Empanada Making, Steak, Wine, Alfajores and Mate
Mendoza: Home Cooking Class at a Chef's House
Related resources - Argentina
Buenos Aires Cookery Classes and Wine Courses
Learning to cook in Buenos Aires - The Travel Chica
Argentine Cooking Classes Blog

Rio de Janeiro: Small Group Cooking Class
Rio de Janeiro: Copacabana - Brazilian Food And Cocktails Cooking Class
São Paulo: Gourmet Cooking Workshop
São Salvador da Bahia: Cooking Experience with a Local
Related resources - Brazil
What about cooking yourself a typical dish from Rio de Janeiro? - Rio.com

Santiago: Chilean Cooking Class in Santiago
Santiago: Cooking Class Plus Historic Downtown Santiago and Markets Tour
Santiago: Private Food Markets Tour with Cooking Demo and Homemade Lunch
Related resources - Chile
Chilean cooking class Valparaiso - Two Hungry Backpackers

Bogota: Gastronomy Tour Including Cooking Class

Quito Culinary Tour and Cooking Class

Antigua: Experience Guatemala - Small Group Cooking Class
Guatemala City: Small Group Cooking Class in Antigua from Guatemala City
Guatemala-City: Antigua Market, Cooking Class and Choco Museum from Guatemala City
Panajachel: Maya Cooking Class at Lake Atitlan Maya Kitchen from Panajachel

Related resources - Paraguay
Housewife Bootcamp (cooking class experience) - Peaces of Paraguay

Cusco: Exclusive Private Peruvian Market Tour and Cooking Class
Cusco: Local Peruvian Market Tour and Cooking Class
Cusco: Cooking Class and Pisco Sour Lesson
Lima: Cooking Class with a Local Family
Lima: Ceviche Cooking Class
Lima: Market Tour Cooking Class and Pisco Sour Lesson
Lima: Peruvian Cooking Class Including Local Market Tour
Lima: Cooking Class Including Fruit Tasting
Lima: Peruvian Cooking Class Including Market Visit, Pisco Sours Lesson and Fruit Tasting
Lima: Combo City Sightseeing Tour and Cooking Class
Lima: Peruvian Basics Pisco Tasting, Cocktail Lesson and Ceviche Lesson
Lima: Gastronomic Tour-Including Pisco Sour and Cooking Class

Related resources
Tasteful Travel: LATIN AMERICAN Cooking Classes (Part 2)
Get Cooking on Your Layover: Europe
Get Cooking on Your Layover: Asia
Layover City - our series of what to do on a layover in great cities
Go for a run? Go sightseeing? Why not do both?

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