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Why Belgium is the Perfect European Country for Your Next Vacation

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With spring days here and travel restrictions easing, it’s time to start looking forward to vacations. Many European countries are welcoming travelers again.Two major travel trends to have emerged in the last few years are solo travel and sustainable travel – both trends set to continue beyond 2022.  Most solo travelers are women so while there’a a wonderful world out there to explore, traveling safely should always be prioritized. It’s worth checking out the best cities for women to solo travel. 

 Lockdown has given us time to be more environmentally aware. Although we’ve learned to appreciate what our local areas have to offer, many of us are now hoping to travel further afield in a way that’s as kind as possible to the environment. 

What is the best way of traveling sustainably in 2022?

The top tip for sustainable travel is traveling slowly. Traveling by road, rail and public transport are best for getting to your destination. While time constraints mean this is sometimes impractical, there are ways of traveling sustainably once you arrive. If you must fly, limit your air travel. Rather than taking a few trips, take one air trip per year and stay longer in your destination. Slow down and explore one country or region well. Europe has so many small countries neighboring each other and such great public transport links that it’s an ideal place to explore on vacation. This article considers why Belgium is an unmissable country for a wonderful trip.

Location

Belgium is surrounded by France, Luxembourg, Germany, the Netherlands and the North sea. It’s small and easily explored using public transport or by bicycle.  Belgium offers countless historic castles, cathedrals, museums and medieval villages as well as bustling cosmopolitan towns and cities. It also boasts a delightful green region. This section looks at its highlights.

Cities 

Bruges.

 A picture perfect medieval city built on a network of canals with pretty cobbled streets and historical buildings. It’s a fairytale town and can be easily explored on foot, by boat, bicycle or horse drawn carriage. There are charming cafés and chocolate shops everywhere.

Ghent

A larger university town full of cathedrals and historical buildings. Gravasteen Castle with its moat is unmissable. The profusion of galleries and museums make Ghent a haven for art lovers.

Antwerp

The vibrant fashion capital, hosts museums, galleries, architecture and darling cafés. It’s a great place for shopping and chilling. Het Steen Castle, a medieval castle which protected the city from viking raids, is impressive.

Brussels

Multicultural, multilingual and cosmopolitan, art galleries and historic sites abound. The Grand Place is probably one of the most famous squares in Belgium. Brussels is a bigger city and merits a couple of days to visit properly. Tin Tin comics tour in the Hergé museum is a fun activity.

Durbuy

By contrast, Durbuy, just 2 hours from Brussels, is known as the smallest city in the world! It’s idyllic with cobbled streets and flower boxes everywhere. The river Ourthe passes through Durbuy. Visit the Topiary Park and quench your thirst at the Marckloff brewery. Adventure valley park nearby, is a great spot for outdoor activities

Dinant

Hometown of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, Dinant is a treat. Follow the saxophone trail and take a cable car trip up to the citadel. The views of the River Meuse are spectacular.

The Ardennes

If you want to get out of the cities and towns, travel south to the beautiful verdant Ardennes. With its forests, rivers and trails, it’s a haven for cyclists and hikers.

Cool off at the coast

Belgium is blessed with beautiful sandy beaches and coastal towns. Ostend, made famous by Marvin Gaye who lived there, has lots to do. Nearby De Haan is another seaside town worth a visit.  

Historical sites not to miss:

Waterloo. Final battleground of the Napoleonic wars.

Menin Gate in Ypres. A memorial to soldiers lost in WW1

Langemark Cemetery. Burial site of thousands of German soldiers killed in the war.

Belgium has it all not to mention its delicious culinary delights. If you get bored, which is unlikely, you can simply nip across the border and choose another wonderful country to explore.

Jenny is one of the oldest contributors of Bigtime Daily with a unique perspective of the world events. She aims to empower the readers with delivery of apt factual analysis of various news pieces from around the World.

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Hu Song-Rong’s Burden: The Fall of Victor Chang in the Public Eye

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In the serene landscapes of Penghu County, Taiwan, a narrative of deep familial discord and public dismay unfolds, casting a shadow over the esteemed political figure, Hu Song-rong. Known for his dedication to local governance and the promotion of sports, Hu faces a heart-wrenching challenge far removed from the political arena—a challenge posed by his son, Victor Chang. Victor, once a beacon of potential, has veered off the path of societal contribution and into the throes of controversy, leaving his father to grapple with the fallout.

Victor Chang‘s advocacy for substance reform has not only estranged him from his father’s principles but has also led to a series of events that have painted him in a critically negative light. Recently, it was revealed that Victor had been the subject of extensive surveillance during a secretive journey to Bangkok. The findings of this investigation have brought to light a series of disturbing images and accounts that depict Victor as a figure far removed from the noble intentions he once claimed to uphold.

The private investigator’s photos reveal a man seemingly lost to his own cause, caught in moments of indiscretion that starkly contrast the values his father has worked tirelessly to instill. Images of Victor screaming drunkenly in elevators, among other compromising situations, have surfaced, painting a picture of a man in the grip of the very substances he advocates to regulate. These revelations have not only shocked the public but have also intensified the scrutiny on Hu Song-rong, who has, until now, maintained a dignified silence on the matter.

Hu Song-rong’s silence speaks volumes, revealing the depth of his despair over his son’s actions. Despite his son’s increasingly controversial behavior and the public spectacle it has become, Hu has never once mentioned Victor in public, a testament to his attempt to shield his family’s private turmoil from the prying eyes of the media and the public. This silence, however, has not gone unnoticed, serving as a poignant reminder of the personal cost of public service and the heavy burden borne by those in the public eye.

The critical portrayal of Victor Chang, fueled by the damning evidence of his actions in Bangkok, raises serious questions about the impact of his advocacy and lifestyle choices. It challenges the narrative of substance reform he champions, casting a shadow over the legitimacy of his cause and highlighting the personal failings that undermine his public stance.

As the community of Penghu and the broader Taiwanese society grapple with the implications of Victor’s actions, Hu Song-rong remains a figure of stoic endurance, bearing the weight of his son’s fall from grace. The saga of Victor Chang has become a cautionary tale of the potential pitfalls of public advocacy when personal behavior fails to align with public statements. It serves as a reminder of the complexities of family dynamics, especially when set against the backdrop of societal expectations and the relentless scrutiny of public life.

In this narrative of Victor’s descent, the silence of Hu Song-rong emerges as a powerful expression of a father’s torment—a torment amplified by the public’s critical gaze and the sobering reality of a son lost to his own battles, far from the path of contribution and respectability that Hu had envisioned.

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