The Sailors Reading Rooms

A short walk from Southwald Pier along the front there is a quaint Victorian building with a small mast and flag set up outside, from the hours of 9am until ‘dusk’ the door is open and a sign outside welcomes visitors. This is the Southwald Sailors Reading Rooms, a small clubhouse for sailors and members…

Belgian food; some of our favourites!

1. Mussels! It’s a nice thing to say you’ve had mussels in Brussels, it’s even nicer to be actually having them! This Belgian classic is a must try when visiting! For around 18 euros you get an enormous portion with frites on the side with the choice of a variety of styles. I went for…

Murals and art around Brussels

Something that was a pleasant surprise when we visited Brussels was the abundance of Murals and big pieces of street art, one of our favourite pastimes was wandering the city to see some of the biggest pieces. Here are some of our favourites.

Tin Tin, around Brussels…

As a child I was raised with a healthy amount of reading, and my favourite stories were generally adventure ones. No adventurer in my mind was better than Tin Tin, the intrepid journalist who with his trusty dog Snowy would foil all kinds of baddies on his adventures around the world. Naturally I was quite…

Ostend – making the most of getting lost!

Something that we discovered in Belgium is that the trains are exceedingly difficult to navigate! This is partly because of a language barrier on our part (with a fairly basic knowledge of French for me and a working knowledge of French and German for Sarah) but in the main part due to the lack of…

Mannekin Pis

Oddly, one of the most famous and celebrated tourist attractions in Belgium is the Mannekin Pis, a three foot something statue of a small naked boy urinating. It’s so well known that it’s on literally hundreds of postcards, key rings, posters and shirts in the tourist shops around the centre of the city. The thing…

Platt Hall Gallery of Costume

On a particularly hot and lazy Sunday afternoon Sarah and I decided to go for a picnic in Platt fields park in Manchester near where we are living at the moment. On the edge of the park is a large Georgian mansion which houses the Platt Hall Costume Gallery – a free and rather cool…

The Atonium

One of the more retro attractions in Brussels the Atonium has been pulling in visitors since the 1950s and shows no sign of stopping. A short ride on the metro out of the centre of town takes you to the attraction – where there is a mini model Europe thrown in for good measure. It’s…