Summer holiday

I’m heading off on holiday today (yippee!!) but before I go I wanted to leave you with a couple of ideas for things to do this week. Compared to June, July is off to a better start (this past month was the wettest June in almost 50 years!) so hopefully those of you still in Brussels can enjoy some sunshine and fun. I’ll be gone for a couple of weeks but will be back posting at the end of July. Enjoy the best of Brussels while I’m away!

The medieval festival Ommegang is taking place this week and if you’ve never been before it’s worth a look. The event is focused around a reenactment of the arrival procession of Emperor Charles V in Brussels in 1549. The parade, made up of a 600-person cortege, starts in Grand Sablon and makes its way to the Grand Place where participants and audience enjoy some medieval-style entertainment. There are two parades this week, the second happening Thursday (the first was yesterday).

Aperos Vintages de Bordeaux has returned to Brussels. I wrote about this unique wine tasting evenings last autumn (see here) as a good way to spend a Wednesday night. The next one will take place today at Barbeton on Rue Dansaert. There are two tastings (6:30 and 8:30pm), entrance is free and wine is €3-5 per glass. There’s also live music as of 7pm. And if you can’t make it tonight, don’t worry as the series will start up again at the end of August.

Time to go to the beach! Bruxelles les Bains is back this year and the dock along the cannel will once again turn into a sandy beach from 6 July to 12 August. The city will place 6,000m² of sand and palm trees along Béco basin and Place Sainctelette located in the north of the city and set up all sorts of stuff like beach volleyball, food stalls, water fountains, concerts and kids activities. Now let’s just hope the weather stays warm and dry!

What is your favorite way to enjoy summer in Brussels? Share your tips by leaving a comment!

P.S. And before I sign off, a very happy Fourth of July to all my fellow Americans out there!!

Images via Visit Belgium, Vins de Bordeaux and Momondo.

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    A photo-music exhibition about Brussels seen by three passing foreigners.

    Dates and time: July 20th, 21st et 22nd 2012 from 9am to 6pm.

    Where: BIP (Brussels Info Place – 2, Rue Royale – 1000 Brussels)


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