A honeymoon in Belgium will reveal to you a rich and historic country! This is made up of diverse art, architecture and cuisine waiting to be discovered. Belgium is a relatively small and modest nation by European standards. There are beautifully preserved medieval towns; world class museums and excellent cuisine await you on your Belgian honeymoon.
Brussles, the Belgian capitol doubles as the capital of the European Union and therefore has a distinct cross-national feel. At its heart stands an ornate central square, framed by historic buildings and some fascinating museums. That show case art from ancient to modern times. Brussels also has superb array of restaurants and shopping opportunities.
North of Brussels stands the city of Antwerp, a magnet for art lovers! Located on the banks of the Scheldt River, Antwerp is home to the world’s largest diamond industry, plus its lovely architecture adds to the magical atmosphere of the area. Villas, mansions, castles and the largest Gothic church in Belgium are found here.
The 13th century medieval town of Bruges will transport you back in time. The last changes to its architectural appearance were made over 5 centuries ago! Take a leisurely boat ride down Bruges’ river, or simply stroll through the different picturesque streets, stopping to visit a café, or one of the town’s many museums. Belgium’s other city with a strong Medieval past is Ghent – also filled with a vibrant and fascinating history.
For a taste of Belgium’s natural beauty, head to the Ardennes region of the country. Here ancient citadels and sleepy villages nestle amongst densely forested hills, cut through by deep valleys. Guided tours of the Ardennes are available upon request.
Belgium is an enthralling nation with a dramatic past and a proud present as a center of the European Union. For Medieval romance, a look at some historic and intricately designed buildings, plus outstanding art museums and friendly vibrant people, head to Belgium for your honeymoon.
The distinctive regional culture of Barcelona is largely due to geography and a plentitude of national pride and elitism. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, one of Spain’s 17 semi-autonomous states. The regional language is Catalan, along with the national language of Castilian Spanish. There has long been pressure from the Catalonian government and nationalists to earn complete autonomy from Spain. Consequently, the exclusive culture can be difficult to adjust to and there is significant animosity towards foreigners around the main tourist street of Las Ramblas. To thoroughly enjoy the sweet life and gentle hospitality of Barcelona, leave this busy area and explore the many diverse districts, endless with possibility.
Café Life and Nightlife for the Night Owl
Barcelona is truly a city that never sleeps, particularly during the warm Mediterranean summers. Avoid standing out like a sore thumb by eating dinner when the locals do: after 10 p.m. It is common to see children, grandparents and the family dog gathering at the outdoor cafes at these hours when the day’s work is finished and time for friends and family has commenced. Since Barcelona hosted the Olympics in 1992, the city has been revamped with visitor friendly attractions such as the massive Olympic Village, a string of swanky restaurants, state-of-the-art nightclubs and boutiques along the beach. Most nightclubs do not get going until after 1 a.m. and club-goers typically wander out onto the beach around 5:30 to watch the sunrise over the Mediterranean.
A Modernista Mecca
The architectural wonders of Barcelona will keep even the most novice eye bewildered and intrigued. Antoni Gaudi decorated Barcelona with his treasures of modernism as a painter on a canvas. The grand boulevard of Passeig de Gracia is lined with elaborately adorned Casa Batllo and Casa Mila, both with the most intricate rooftops known to modern architecture. Arguably the most stunning of Gaudi’s work is the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia. Each of the church’s facades are meticulously designed with different themes and styles combining nature with religion and the soaring towers topped with mosaic grapes are built around a conch-like coiled staircase that visitors may choose to take instead of the elevator. Another tribute to Barcelona’s artistic heritage is the Palau da la Musica Catalana. A view of the glass and mosaic inverted chandelier on the ceiling of the theater is alone worth the visit. Daily tours are offered in addition to the regularly held musical performances. Afterward, get lost in the tiny twisting passages of the surrounding historic Gothic Quarter.
Traveling Barcelona Right Not Your Weekend Visit
It is best to avoid traveling to Spain in August, when most of the locals (and most of Mediterranean Europe) take their vacations. Chances are that the restaurant you wanted to visit will be closed and museums will have extremely curtailed hours. August can also be uncomfortably hot.
Barcelona should be traveled with care and patience. The only disappointment visitors have is the inability to see all of the city’s landmarks and hidden corners in a realistic amount of time.
Celebrity Cruises are special cruise lines with a semi-formal atmosphere. These types of cruise lines are specially designed for celebrities and equipped with excellent food, service, and attention to details. Celebrity Cruises are often awarded with the coveted “5 star” ratings. Art auctions, arts, dance classes and crafts, pool, volleyball, golf putting, bridge lessons, bingo, and trapshooting are just some of the many activities that Celebrity Cruises offer.
Celebrity Cruises offer a new level of premium cruising at an intelligent price. All forms of luxurious amenities are ready for the celebrities thus making their trip a memorable one. Celebrity Cruises boast of ten glamorous cruise ships (Constellation, Millennium, Infinity, Galaxy, Summit, etc.) that cruise to destinations around the world such as Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Bermuda, South America, and the Panama Canal.
Celebrity Cruises has always been known for its award winning cuisine. The cruises are dedicated to meet the highest standards and are famous for the wide varieties of food seasoned with fresh herbs, and prepared with only the finest produce and provisions. In addition to the traditional main dining room Celebrity offers their guests a selection of casual and poolside venues, comprising a poolside grill, pizza, sushi bar, pasta bar accompanied by the salad, soup, and sandwich bar. Celebrity guests can also enjoy different types of lunch featuring Italian, Asian, continental etc. A world-class beauty salon with a full menu of spa treatments and fitness programs are also arranged in the Celebrity cruises to enhance guests’ vacations. The spa treatment includes various offers like thalassotherapy pool, jasmine flower baths, rejuvenating facials, and exotic massage treatments like the aromatherapy, Hawaiian massage or a refreshing Egyptian ceremony of ginger and milk.
Celebrity Cruises’ fitness center features magnificent floor-to-ceiling views and state-of-the-art equipment will all the latest exercise rowers, step units, bikes, benches, treadmills, and free weights. Onboard personal trainers are 24hours on duty to assist their guests. There is also cafe that serve with excellent food service. The cafe generally serves healthy entrees and snacks including chilled soup, smoothies, fresh-baked breads, gourmet salad, fish, fruit, and made-to-order specials.
There are also special types of Celebrity cruises which are exclusively for adult guests and no children onboard. Where as in other cruises Celebrity’s family can come and join them on all sailings. All children below the age group of 18 can happily participate with the Celebrity’s unlimited soft drinks program. Children are free to take onboard soft drinks.