Belgium: Montagne de Bueren in Liège

Liège is about 40 minutes from Leuven by train. I went there for sightseeing with my mother while my chèri was working. To go to the center of Liège, change the train at Liège-Guillemins, and get off at Liège-Palais. It was first time for us to use the train in Belgium but quite easy! After arriving to Liège-Palais afternoon, we went to Place du Marché to look for lunch. We filled up ourselves with pasta and wine at the Italian restaurant Il Calpacio and headed to Montagne de Bueren. Montagne de Buerren was built in 1875, having 373 stairs to go up the mountain. It was a great weather…or too…

Belgium: Life in Leuven

Leuven is only 30 minute away from Brussels by both car and train. We stayed there about three weeks in this summer. It is a famous “univercity” in Belgium, but we were lucky to have been there while the summer break. Leuven was a safe and nice-sized city, especially for my mother, to walk around. We went on a day trip but always came back to Leuven for dinner. Our favourite restaurants are the Italian ZOff and the ethnic restaurant Kalypta. We also found a clothing store, Profiel, mainly dealing with Belgian high brands. We were having good days in Leuven until the final week of stay. It happened after…

Belgium: Trip with Mother

Europe had very hot weather like in Japan this summer.Although, I like the one in Europe since it feels more dry.My chéri had a business trip in Belgium from August, so we decided to take one-month holiday afterwords.And also my mother could join us for the first two weeks. We mainly stayed in Leuven, 20 minutes away from Brussels by train, where has a good integration of new and old buildings.From this city, we visited Liège, Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp and Brussels.We had fun just by walking around because all the cities had different atmospheres.It was also good that we could easily access there, taking train for less than one hour.…

Korea: Seoul & Chéri

Korea trip, we spent the later half in Seoul.My Korean friends took us to 북촌한옥마을Bukchon Hanok Maeul and 남산Namsan Seoul Tower.Historical Bukchon area had cute cafe shops in a renovated old house. What we were looking forward in Seoul was authentic Korean food!One of my friends took us to her favourite 삼겹살Samgyeopsal (pork belly) restaurant, still unknown to the tourists.Another friends took us to Hangang Park.It was interesting to have a food delivery to the park! Also, we joined in a Kimchi making class.The Korean couple holding a class were very chatty and friendly!Unfortunately it was raining outside, but we could enjoy half a day there. Korean food, including cheese…

Korea: Busan & Chéri

Korea was my third time but first time for my chéri to visit.This time we spent in Busan, Gyeongju and Seoul for 6 nights in total.In Busan, our Korean friend took us to the places such as해동 용궁사Haedong Yonggungsa (temple), 범어사Beomeosa (temple) and 감천문화마을Gamcheon Munhwa Ma-Eul (Gamcheon Culture Village). My impression of Busan is “colorful”.The temples are painted with green, yellow and red.For the coming Buddha’s birthday, there were many paper lanterns prepared when we visited.Gamcheon had so many tourists to see the colorful village and photogenic arts. During the tour, my chéri found a windmill hair accessory and decided to put it on each head for fun.Maybe this whose-windmill-turn-the-most…

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