Backstage in Oudenaarde

The sun goes down and the view is beautiful from above. The lights of the festival light up, the setting is beautiful and the lake sparkles, while the crowd of festival-goers flutter down. I would stay a few moments more to enjoy the magic of this festival, up there, in suspension, quiet. But suddenly there is a lot of water falling on us. We go down quickly and take refuge under the electro tent. How time is changing in Belgium! We enjoy the music and dance a little. At 9pm, go with a Spanish blogger, Neonized and lead the pop-rock scene for Black Box Revelation !

I discover, I love and I dance! Long live the festivals in Belgium!After the concert, go backstage with the organizer of the festival. We chat a little and they take us to the artists’ area. The lodges, the restaurant and especially the stage! Here we are backstage and the Dandy Warhols are playing on stage. I can not believe how lucky I was, since it was the group I really wanted to see! We will see the whole concert in VIP area, taking full eyes and ears! A truly magical and privileged moment, with the Dandy Warhols who set the scene on fire!

We are recovering from our emotions by a second big wheel ride, by night this time, but in the rain again. We are cursed! The rain decided to settle for the rest of the night. A little tour to the DJ scene and the cold pushes us to leave. It’s 2am, Tine brings me back to the B & B for a good night’s sleep.

In the morning, a royal breakfast greets me before I already say goodbye to Oudenaarde, en route to my next destination, Mechelen .

Oudenaarde in Flemish Belgium

I arrive at my first meeting point, at the Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen brewery , decorated and dedicated to cycling, just like the museum. There are also some bikers seated there. So I take my place, getting ready to enjoy a good Belgian meal. Unfortunately, if the atmosphere was super nice and original, the wait was long. I think the two waiters were really overwhelmed by all the cyclists, the festivalgoers who stopped in large numbers, me and also many tourists who seemed to take part in an orienteering race. That makes a lot. The wait was worth it and I enjoyed a succulent Flemish Carbonnade , a raspberry beer and a good waffle.. Welcome to Belgium!

I enjoy some free time to explore the city. Oudenaarde is a quiet town and there does not seem to be much going on there. But this weekend, the young festival-goers have invaded the streets and we can say that it moves. The terraces are full, it screams, it laughs and we hear in the distance the first guitar chords. 16h soon, the festival and the first concerts of the day will begin.

I take a bus to my accommodation, a B & B a little out of the way. Despite the impoliteness and impatience of the driver, I manage to find my stop and trudge to the B & B, the Hof ter Kammen , which seems a little off the festival and downtown. It will be complicated. I am very welcome and I settle in a charming room. Everything is in the effigy of cycling . Bikes, decorations, photographs …. The family is a fan of cycling and welcomes cyclists from all over the world on the roads of Belgium. That night, Australian cyclists were sleeping there.

Feest in het park

The owner of the B & B has the incredible kindness to take me to the festival by car. Phew, saved to go, I

In front of the Oudenaarde Eye

In front of the Oudenaarde Eye

would not have to walk for an hour! So here I am at Feest in het Park , a small festival organized entirely by volunteers for 17 years ! The style of music is varied and is divided into four scenes: DJ scenes, electro, ska, reggae and pop-rock.

So I found on arrival at the VIP area , Tine, my buddy festival , sent by Tourisme Flandres. We chat and explore the festival a bit. We meet a friend of hers, a volunteer, artist’s chauffeur, Kevin. The opportunity to go to ask, chat a little and get to know each other in the VIP area. A cozy bar with sofas, clean toilets, stars and a TV for lazy people … this is the VIP privilege! We meet Isi and Andrés . They won an online contest and tour the Flanders festivals in mini-van! What an incredible chance! So we all go for a ride on the ”  Oudenaarde Eye “.

CYCLING AND POP IN OUDENAARDE

So here I am back from Belgium , memories full of head and notes of music resonating still in the ears. There is nothing to say, this bloggers trip was just perfect for me. Discovery, live concerts , independence and meetings. All that I love.

Destination Oudenaarde

Wake very early Saturday to take the Eurostar at the station of Saint-Pancras to Brussels. I’m already Oudenaarde Town Hallexcited. A little stressed too, because everything went too fast and I feel less prepared than when I organize the trip myself. And then, I did not want to disappoint Tourism Flanders , so no need to be tired during these three days. I change my train at Brussels-noon . The station is pretty shabby on the docks. I take a comfortable two-level regional train to Oudenaarde. Hardly, let us leave Brussels that the advertisements are no longer made in French. Chic, I will be able to train my ear to the Dutchman. I understand (thanks to my years of learning German and Swedish), but I am of course unable to get out three words, except “thank you” that I probably say with a German accent!

So I arrive at 12:30 to Oudenaarde (or Oudenaarde), a small quiet town in the heart of Flanders of about 30,000 inhabitants. The city is best known for its local beer and for cycling and the Tour of Flanders , since it is the city of departure each year. When I arrive that day, the flea market is in full swing. I try to fight my way and not to lose myself by pulling my last suitcase behind me. I realize then that I have probably made a very bad choice of luggage. A suitcase on wheels in a country where all cities have paved streets … what an idea! Chouc, chch, chch, chch … nothing better to be noticed …

BORDEAUX, IS ON THE SOUTH WEST OF FRANCE

I speak very little about France on this blog and it’s a shame. I had the opportunity in the past to travel through France in all directions and even if I have fled in recent years for other countries, France deserves all the same that we do justice to it.

Let me talk to you today about this city. I lived a large part of my childhood south of Charente-Maritime, an hour from Bordeaux. So I had the opportunity to go there many times, to visit friends or family, see concerts, go shopping, celebrate the New Year, go to festivals or cinema … My visits This city have never been purely touristy, but it gave me a good overview of the city.

I never wanted to live there, because I always found the city a little arrogant and the inhabitants a little too proud to be Bordeaux … However, it is a dynamic and pleasant city which will charm all the visitors. Do not miss it during a short tour of France or if you want to program a city break.

Lunch on the terrace in Bordeaux

Lunch on the terrace in Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the gateway to the southwest and is a very good introduction to the south of France. The weather is nice, the accent of the inhabitants is singing and we like good food and obviously good wine. Moreover, if you go through Bordeaux, do not hesitate to leave the city and go for a walk in the vineyards and taste different wines in the cellars of Bordeaux (to Saint-Emilion for example). The city is full of nice restaurants and bars; but I had two small favorites: the cassolette for its originality and the delicious food and The Blarney Stone , a typical Irish pub to enjoy delicious jacked potatoes, pies and burgers at very low prices.

If you are more shopping than gastronomy, St. Catherine Street will delight you. More than a kilometer long, it is often described as the longest shopping street in Europe. A good part of the street is pedestrian, which will allow you to spend a day shopping without clutter! I am not very shopping, but a passage in Bordeaux is never complete for me without a visit to Mollat , a huge independent bookstore. There is something for every taste. It’s a little paradise this bookstore …

Level of entertainment, Bordeaux is a big city and will offer you everything you can desire. But to make more local, why not go to support the football team Girondins de Bordeaux at the stadium?

Some will remember Bordeaux as a dark, dirty and unwelcoming city. But in the city center and some neighborhoods, this is definitely not the case. The city has been refurbished, restored and renovated in recent years. A beautiful tram allows you to visit the city from side to side. This restoration of the city has highlighted a remarkable architecture and an important historical heritage. The cathedral, the churches, the charming narrow streets with white facades, the impressive Haussmanian buildings, the cute little squares, the quays, the bridges, the Gironde, the numerous city gates and especially the Port of the Moon classified as a World Heritage Site. Unesco. The water mirror has become a tourist attraction, whether to run in the water and cool off on a hot summer day or simply admire the reflections of the city on the ground at night … It’s good just to walk in the city, in stopping at the terrace of a cafe to observe passers-by …

How to Dirnk Coffee Abroad

Morning coffee is of utmost importance for many people. It is a real concern to get and take coffee anywhere as well as to enjoy various styles and kinds of coffee offered by baristas. Preparation methods and ingredients vary across geographical locations for coffee. Particularly, brewing instruments and espresso makers are different along with preparation methods.

The most common ingredients for coffee in any part of the world are espresso, milk, boiling water, and a desired amount of sugar. Coffee on the go and a travel light coffee device are the two things that travelers wish to have. The world’s most popular coffee versions are latte, cappuccino, and macchiato. Soft drink coffee delights come with whipped cream, vanilla, and ice cubes.

There are some trendy portable coffee solutions that are cost effective and do not compensate for quality. If you want to prepare coffee on your own in a hotel or travel destination, snatch the following quirky tips.

French Press

It has a stainless steel plunger with a mesh filter that extracts coffee’s aromatic syrup with its subtle flavors. It is a simple brewing solution for coffee enthusiasts, the arrangement of which needs only hot water poured over coarse coffee powder. Then you may have your delicious cup of coffee in just 4 to 5 min. It is easy to carry and prepare your hot coffee anywhere.

Travel Mug or Thermos Sip Bottle

Taking coffee without spill on the road is another question. How about a thermos flask that can carry coffee without spill and retain its heat? A travel mug or a thermos sip bottle is one that serves this purpose. It is sturdy, false proof, watertight, and lightweight.

Gas-Fueled Stove for Liquids

A pressurized cooking gas stove for liquids is ideal for camping and trekking. It consists of a fuel gas tank topped with a metal canister. Coffee enthusiasts may grab a hot cup of coffee along the countryside or on a craggy base of a mountain with the pristine sunrise views.

Thin Metal Carafe Coffee Maker

This is a brewing device consisting of a glass carafe, plunger, and a reusable microfilter. It glimmers bright on road. Unlike a French press, no grits are formed in the coffee due to the microfilter. This tee-up system is lightweight, portable, and slip resistant.

Burr Grinder

Coffee beans may be ground with a burr grinder. The cheaper one is a conical burr grinder. It is a device that pulverizes beans into fine ground powder. Roasted beans, water, temperature, and brewing time are involved while grounding coffee with a burr grinder.

Coffee Styles and Flavors

The impact of geography on coffee is profound. Baristas in decent coffee shops in various geographical regions use their regional methods of preparing coffee to offer a cult. Some top countries in terms of coffee quality and flavors are Brazil, Hawaii, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Ethiopia, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

Coffee has the characteristics of acidity and bitterness. The most common coffee species are Robusta and Arabica, the former being bitter than the latter due to more caffeine content.

Brazilian coffee is processed using dry and wet methodologies with distinct blending process. It is of high quality with less acidity and more sweetness. Hawaiian kona coffee is also world famous, which is medium roasted and has mild delicate texture. Both are fresh highland produces and can relish with exotic flavors.

Vietnamese use Robusta beans and prepare coffee with condensed milk, so it is sweet. French coffee is similar to it, but they use boiled milk instead. Italians have a cultural taboo to follow one cappuccino, which is dark with double espresso and steamed milk foam, and rest espressos throughout a day. Baristas in Italy serve coffee with water. Turkish coffee pot is the most famous simple method that involves fine ground espresso, coffee pot, boiling water, and milk. Terrefacto in Barcelona is a method of adding sugar during roasting. It is even eerie to hear that Scandinavians, Turks, and Hungarians use salt to lessen the bitterness in coffee, yet it tastes awesome.

Have barista delights and portable coffee solutions in your coffee tour! You will suggest these valuable points to your friends.

Best Activities When Traveling With Family to NYC

As a parent, if you are worried about where you should take your kids for a family outing on a free night in NYC, escape rooms can be a great choice. Although you may find so many ideas to spend time with family but most of them are outdated and expensive as well. When it is time to do something new and interesting without posing much burden on your pocket, Escape Room NYC is the best choice.

Most of the people love to visit New York City during their summer holidays but while enjoying the natural beauty at popular destination of this wonderful city, it is also good to spare a night for escape room experience. Those who have not heard about this game earlier, let us make it clear that escape rooms are a special type of entertainment locations where people can have fun together. You all will be locked in a room and will need to solve a series of the puzzle to get out of it. There is a predetermined time allowed to all teams in which they can solve the puzzle to win the battle. Winners are usually rewarded with few small gifts. But the real thrill of the game is to have special time with kids while enjoying a mind-blowing activity.

Escapes rooms are slowly becoming more and more popular in a wide range of countries including East Asia, Europe, Russia, Australia, North America and many more. If your kids are crazy fans of Hollywood thrillers, they will definitely love to enjoy this puzzle game. Instead of wasting time with passive entertainment like mobile games and TV etc; it is good to be a part of the adventure and participate to get involved with fun activities.

The best thing to know about escape room games is that here all members of the family find time to interact more to solve the puzzle problems together. In today’s busy lifestyle, most parents find the least time to share with their kids so, in this scenario, an escape room can be your favorite fun destination in New York City.

Note that most of the escape room games are suitable for kids of all groups. Once you purchase tickets for the escape rooms, you will be tuned to the world of adventure and complete fun. It is possible to book a room online and avail budget-friendly deals online. While planning for your summer season holiday tour with family, never forget to add the escape room adventure visit plan to the to-do list. These games are popular from ancient times and are still known worldwide for their fun experience. It will give the real boost to your excitement. So, it is time to book your ticket to New York City and enjoy the wonderful time with family.

Traveling to Argentina? Must-See Landscapes

Argentina is a country of varying landscapes from jungles and deserts to mountain ranges and wetlands, encompassing vast natural beauty. It is the eighth largest country in the world. It is home to the Great Andes, glacial lakes, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, and gaucho culture.

The most favorable seasons for visiting Argentina are spring and autumn. Here are some handpicked must-see landscapes in Argentina.

Iguazu Waterfalls

This is truly the most beautiful and spectacular landscape in Argentina. It is a series of waterfalls located near the Iguazu River covering the border between Brazil and Argentina. The waterfall is surrounded by exuberant forests with a lot of wildlife. Both the falls and the forest are protected as Iguazu National park. This place is a heaven on earth with breathtaking views, excellent walkways, and adventurous boat rides.

Mendoza

Mendoza is the land of Latin America’s largest wine production. It is one of the most famous tourist spot for its prolific vineyards and Mt. Aconcagua. Mendoza offers beautiful scenic outdoor adventures like hiking, river rafting, climbing, and horseback rides. The main square is the center of Mendoza having many restaurants, shops, and licensed breweries for different budgets.

Mar del Plata

This coastal city is located in the southeast part of Buenos Aires region and has a string of beach resorts. The city boasts some exotic sandy beaches the country has to offer and so is one of the most popular tourist spots. As it is crowded in summer, prefer to travel to this destination during off-summer periods.

Perito Moreno Glacier

This boisterous glacier is situated in the Los Glaciares National Park in the Santa Cruz Province of Argentina. Since the inception of the National Park, this place has become a teeming tourist spot visited by millions of tourists. The glacier presents a spectacular view of cracking and thunderous boom of blocks of ice breaking away. El Calafate, a small town, is the starting point for the visit to this magnificent glacier. The town was unknown before the starting of the National park, but now it has good souvenir shops and some nice restaurants.

Ibera Wetlands

The second largest wetlands in the world after Brazil’s Pantanal, Ibera is home to anacondas, howler monkeys, caimans, armadillos, and many other species. Having more than 350 rare bird species, this is an ideal spot for birdwatchers and nature lovers.

Valdes Peninsula

This peninsula attracts penguins, sea lions, and other sea mammals. Pods of whales can be found in between this peninsula and the Patagonian Mainland during May to December. Tourists may also see foxes, maras, rheas, and other endangered species in this less populated land. The variety of wildlife makes this a worth-watch tourist spot in the whole of South America.

Best Nontourist Attractions in NYC

Wish to be a tourist in your own city? It sounds silly yet funny. Top-line escape the room attractions for non-tourists in NYC are in numerous. Spend more time in each destination best of your picks so that they remain memorable forever.

Get away from crowd and start your trip with the idea of braving spectacular skyline, knowing new facts, energizing, and relaxing for hours. Strolling in parks, roaming in museums, and sitting on the coastal shores are the escape room activities providing peace of mind. Local people can explore new supermarkets, secluded parks and event centers, and unseen suburbs, where you may even hop on to new style mansions and alley lanes.

Selecting less-crowded or crowd-manageable arenas is the best way of escape the room outing for local people. Popular picks are not always better, but if crowd manageable and revitalizing, buck up to go. Probably, you might be still fascinated by the museums, parks, and skyline views of the city.

Intrepid Museum

It is an aviation institute featuring the USS Intrepid aircraft and submarine shuttles. The museum comprises the Intrepid, the USS Growler, the British Concorde, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise. The first space shuttle, shuttles built during WW-II, 30 newly restored aircraft, the world’s fastest jets and spies, and more. It is really astonishing that the aviation journey takes you through history, groundbreaking technologies, and the American vitality.

Museum of Natural History

It is the world’s largest museum, with a novel setup of exhibits for American history & politics, fossils, mammals, mummies, and natural science as well as a planetarium. It is known for its largest collection of dinosaur fossils and mammals. The Gilder Center features live creatures with digital displays for next-generation students. Kids’ workshops and research teachings are splendid here than any other museums. The Center has a glass walled spectacular view for the specimen and artifacts. This is a must-see museum for kids, researchers, and visitors.

Top of the Rock

It is an observatory located on top of Rockefeller Center, at a height of 850 ft. It offers a panoramic view of Central Park and Manhattan. It provides an unimaginable experience to spectators. The observation desks on the 67th to 69th floors offer amazing glass walled views of the city. In contrast, the desk on the 70th floor provides open panoramic views of the city.

Ditmas Park

It is in Flatbush, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, known for its history. This destination is exclusive for local people. Peculiarly designed are the Victorian style mansions with leafy streets. Feel the pleasant vibe of the streets and buildings here. You can prefer going for a long walk or cycling in these areas. You may also find some restaurants, bars, and cafes along the Beverley Road.

Farmers Market

If you wish to grab fresh produce, then detour or head to markets like Farmers Market. Racks and rows of eye-catchy organic items with varieties are seen all around. More likely, you will descend with handful of veggies and food items.

Event Centers

Participating in events via amusement and event facilities rapidly vitalizes the mind and body. If you are a sports lover, then pick some hilarious activities like rock climbing, craggy landscapes, and hopping. Otherwise, have fun watching and encouraging the participants. Local folks can jump on to many such centers around the city and suburbs.

Whether you are a nature lover, sports enthusiast, or wanderlust, these are a few escape the room charms for your quick refreshment.

Best Beaches in South America

South America is the continent of the best beaches in the world. Most countries in South America have beaches. The shimmering waters from the Caribbean, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans along the coastlines relax oneself. The deep blue sea and tropical lands, the nature’s gift, look beautiful and provide inner tranquility to visitors. The most famous countries in South America for beaches are Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Peru, and Venezuela.

Brazil

Fernando de Noronha

This is a volcanic archipelago of 21 islands in the Atlantic Ocean, located 350 km away from Brazil and near Shangri-la. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site regarded as “eco-wonderland” and is a national park with sanctuary. The sapphire waters of the isolated islands take you from the hustle and bustle of the city life. You can cruise Fernando de Noronha and travel around the place for 3 hours. Mammal lovers frolic with sea sharks and whales and have a great time. Fishermen catch turtles, parrotfish, and crownfish. Take the picturesque sceneries of the archipelago at sunset. Hike the Sancho Bay, Coasta Azul, and Esmerelda Coast.

Rio de Janeiro

Ipanema, Joatinga, and Copacabana are three beaches in Rio de Janeiro. Sugarloaf Mountain, perched at a height of 395 m on Guanabara Bay, is the neighborhood to visit. Ipanema is a stunning beach flanked by the georgeous Dois Irmaos mountain. You can go for surfing, skim boarding, and cruising as well as walk on the neat sand resting for some time. Copacabana is the companion of Ipanema, a scalloped beach that is also good for sport enthusiasts. However, it is recommended to visit only those posts that are for visitors in these beaches, as strong waves and tides hit on the shores.

Chile

Zapallar

Zapallar is a unique lovely beach ornamented by mountains and tropical forests. The proximity of the beach to Santiago makes it ideal for night visit or day trip. The panoramic view of the mountains, sapphire sea, flip-flop waves, and golden sand is splendid. You can brave the ice cold water, look at the extreme sides of the Pacific Ocean, and go for skimming. Trail along the shell shaped promenade to enjoy the rugged rocks, rain forests, and the nice sand with the pleasant microclimate.

Algarrobo

Algarrobo is in the Valparaíso Region and surrounded by a coastline good for relaxing. It is a beach ideal for swimming and scuba diving. But before you surf, check for tides and lagoons.

Colombia

Playa Blanca

It is located in Isla Baŕu and just 40 min off Cartegana. It is one of the best Carribean beaches in Colombia for day trip and overnight stay. December and January are high season for visiting this beach.

Tayrona National Park

It constitutes the most renowned group of Carribean beaches. It is wedged by glamorous palm fringed sand, rainforests, and the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain. It stretches from Taganga to Piedras River. The Colombian beaches in this national park are Cabo San Juan, Cañaveral, Arrecifes, La Piscina, Castilletes, The Nudist Beach, and Playa Cristal.

What more? There is a wide spate of beach paradises in South America. At least you would get some snippets from our article for deciding your beach travel! Bon Voyage!

Interesting facts about Scottish culture

If you are planning to travel to Scotland, you will find that this is an interesting country with interesting people. There are many things about this country that you might not have known and that you will find interesting. It is always a great idea to get to know as much about a country as possible. Especially, if you are going to the country for the first time. This is the only way that you can know that you are going to visit an interesting country. Here are some interesting facts about the Scotland and the Scottish culture:

The people of Scotland                       

Normally, people in different countries look the same. You can’t really tell the difference between people living in England and people living in the USA. However, if you are visiting Scotland, the one thing that you will notice right from the start, is that their people are looking different.

Their skin is a lot lighter than some of the other people, in different countries. And, most of them have red hair. There are some of them that don’t have the red hair, but most of them have red hair or light red hair.

Their clothing

The thing that is different in Scotland that you will not find anywhere else in the world, is the men’s clothing. In Scotland, the men are wearing skirts. This is also known as kilts. These kilts are coming in different colors and patterns.

The men are purchasing the kilt that is the same as the color code of your ancestors or as colors on your surname’s weapon. Different surnames have different weapons and different kilt colors. This is essential for the Scottish men to show off their heritage and their family’s kilt.

Different festivals that are public holidays

Even, if they have some of the same holidays and festivals as other countries, there are some festivals and public holidays that are different from other countries.

They are taking their holidays and festivals seriously and they are celebrating it every year, and make a huge event of it. Then, families are getting together, they drink and eat and have a really great time. The Scottish people are known for partying and having a great time.

Some myths that Scottish people belief

There are a couple of things and myths that the Scottish people beliefs. They have believed in these things years ago, and they still believe in it today.

Some of the beliefs are that they still believe that there is such a thing as a Loch Ness Monster and they believe in the words, second sight. This is when people can see in the future and see what is going to happen in the near future.

Scottish people are interesting people and they are also really friendly. There are some interesting facts about their culture and people that not many people know about. It might be interesting to find out more about this culture before you are going to visit Scotland.