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[Brussels, Belgium, Dec 19, 2019] Visiting the European Parliament and the area around Grand Place took up most of my morning. I decided to spend the second half of the day in the upper part of town following a 90-minute walk described in my guidebook. It started at Royal Place, a square just a 15-minute walk uphill from the Maneken Pis statue, where I had ended my lower town sightseeing. I had… Read More

[Brussels, Belgium, Dec 19, 2019] Armed with Rick Steves’ Belgium guidebook, I left my hotel shortly after 8 am. It was still dark – sunrise wasn’t until 8:43 am. I stopped for a coffee at the cafe right next to my hotel and headed for the European Parliament on the east side of the city, about 25 minutes away from the city center by bus. The European Union as you know it… Read More

[Brussels, Belgium, Dec 18, 2019] I’ve been tacking on side trips to my Bulgarian visits since 2014. After much deliberation and trying out different flight options to use miles, I finally decided on Brussels. It’s the capital of Belgium, the seat of the European Union and the headquarters of NATO. It’s also famous for its waffles, chocolates and beer. Last but not least, I have a friend who lives here and I… Read More

[Park City / Salt Lake City, UT, Oct 6, 2019] Our flight back to LA was not until 5 pm, so we had an almost full day to explore. We decided to split our time between the mountains in the city. First, we headed east of Park City towards the Uinta Mountain range. The Uinta Mountains are a subrange of the Rocky Mountains and run east-west. Peaks range from 11,000 ft (3,500… Read More

[Park City, UT, Oct 5, 2019] We woke up pretty early on Saturday morning. The bright sunny day almost had us fooled, but we checked the weather and saw that it was only 29F / -2C! That was way too cold, so we stayed in bed until after 10 am! We wanted to do a little hike to get a taste of the fall colors. The list of top 6 day hikes… Read More