My parents were here last month to visit. If you are an expat and are close with your family, you know how exciting this is! It was the first time they were able to experience the area where C and I live. I loved getting to show them around and take them to my favorite local places.
Of course we also had to do some traveling. We went to Belgium for a week and I can safely say I’ve had enough fries and beer to last me until next year. We saw a few cities, but for me the best part of the trip was our day in Leuven, Belgium.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Leuven, as I had never really heard about it as a tourist destination. I only saw a handful of other tourist during the whole day, which for me was a huge bonus. I love just being surrounding by the locals. As the day went on, I was more and more impressed by the city. There was so much history, architecture, and as always, beer. I would highly recommend stopping in Leuven, even if it’s just for a day trip. Here are five of my favorite things in Leuven:
Groot Bengijnhof, known as the Grand Béguinage in English, was by far my favorite area of Leuven. It is a historical area of the city dating back to the early 13th century and has been well preserved. Originally, it served as a community of semi-religious women. Now, it feels like a tiny town inside the city. It was so peaceful and I felt fully transported back in time as I wandered around the cobblestone streets.