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Chocolate in Brussels for chocoholics!

June 3rd, 2008

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the administrative centre of the European Union. It is also a fantastic place to visit if you are vacationing in Europe and are a chocolate aficionado as Belgium produces 172,000 tons of chocolate each year and has 2,000 chocolate shops.


Brussels Chocolate


One of the most popular attractions in the city is to visit the chocolate factories and even do a special chocolate tour! A museum dedicate to chocolate is also recommended. You will learn everything about the origins of the chocolate and enjoy a good ‘’ hot chocolate’’ or a choice of chocolate treats:



Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate

Rue de la Tête d’Or, 9/11
1000 Brussels (Belgium)
Tel.: +32 (0)2 514 20 48


Other things that you can do on your chocolate visit tour is to visit ‘’La Maison du chocolat Aritsanal’’. Located in a typical 12th century house, 35 meters from the Grand Place, its aim is to offer the best chocolates from the master chocolate makers of Belgium. Since 1958, it has become the inescapable stop for the finest gourmets of the world!

Maison du Chocolat Artisanal

Rue du Marche aux Herbes 67 Grasmarkt




Tel: 0032 25137892


A famous Belgian event is Aroma Festival, a display including chocolate, coffee and tea exhibits and samples. The highest-quality product brands can be found here. .


Impossible to get back home without any presents. The best chocolate isn’t cheap but it is exceptionally good. A various choice of chocolate shops will be around the famous ”Grand Place” (Godiva, Leonidas, Neuhaus, Chocolat Manon) and do not forget to visit as well the fabulous ”Galeries St Hubert” where the most well known factories have their own shop. Chocolate is delicious!!!

Beside chocolate, the vibrant atmosphere of Brussels is further enhanced by picturesque medieval streets, lively squares, beautiful boulevards, impressive monuments, spacious parks, cozy cafés, interesting restaurants and an active cultural life.



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Maximize your visit in Paris and minimize your budget:

March 27th, 2008

Ahhhh Paris…. the most beautiful city in the world but also the most expensive one. After living in Paris for 26 years, I will share with you some tips in order to maximize the enjoyment of your stay and spend a minimum amount of money.


Metro-M.svgThe best way to visit the city is to take the public transport. If you are going to stay more then 2 days in the city, buy a 3 day pass. It will cost you less then to buy a ticket for each day. Both the metro and bus are included in the 3 days pass (only in the area of Paris, going out the city, rates will be different). Cost of the pass: 19 euros.


    Paris is well known for the City of Fashion. You will find shops everywhere. There is a very interesting area to see and to shop. I recommend to go to the Metro Station ‘’Barbes Rochechouart”. There, you will find the shop ‘’TATI’’. You will be able to find everything you like. For food (supermarkets), you have 2 brands with all products and it is not expensive: ‘’Supermarket ‘’ED and supermarket ‘’Leader price”. These supermarkets are all around Paris.


      For a good ‘’Sandwich Baguette’’, I recommend to eat at “La Brioche Doree” or at ‘’Pomme de Pain’’. The bread is delicious and the desserts as well. These restaurants are all around Paris and not expensive at all.

      Theatre and Concerts:

      In order to get great deals for theatre and concerts, you must show up 1 hour before the event. Sometimes you will find tickets half price as people are selling their tickets directly to you. I have done this experience, it works!

      Airports :

        It is time to go back to reality! Back home. Taxis for the airports are very expensive (around 50-70 euros). Near the Meridien Montparnasse, in Montparnasse area of course), you have buses to the airport. The cost is 14 euros and there is a bus running every 15 minutes. The only thing I would suggest is to take at least 3 hours time before your flight!

        These are a few tips to minimize your expenses in Paris. Do not hesitate to ask me for recommendations; I will be happy to help you.

        Enjoy Paris!


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