Impressions of Palma de Mallorca

May 2021. The Belgian government lifted the ban on leisure travel in April, but strict travel rules limited options. As the Balearic Islands – lles Balears or Islas Baleares – were a yellow zone, we booked flights and a hotel in Palma de Mallorca. 

COVID-19 | Flanders goes green for travel in Europe

On the new colour map by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Flanders is now a green zone. Brussels and Wallonia remain for now orange. That is good news as other countries will be more welcoming for residents of Flanders. That is the case for the Netherlands for instance, which remain mostly orange…

Malta wins 2021 Eurovision Song Contest

‘Je me casse‘ by Destiny from Malta will win the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. At least according to OUTtv‘s Eurovision fans. OUTtv is Europe‘s main LGBTQI themed lifestyle broadcaster, with presence in Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ireland, Israel, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain and Sweden. 

European Union declared ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’ but reality is quite different

On 11 March 2021, the European Parliament passed a resolution declaring the European Union a ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone‘. This resolution was a reaction to self-declared LGBT-free and ‘LGBT-ideology’ free zones in Poland and Hungary. But ILGA-Europe made a state of the European Union regarding the real-life situation of queer people in the EU.

So we can travel, but where to?

From today, we can travel to and from Belgium. That travel can be non-essential. But while we can leave Belgium for another member state of the European Union or  a member state of the Schengen Area, it is important to research which country is welcoming tourists.

Liechtenstein

Luxembourg, Vatican City, Monaco, San Marino, Singapore, Baarle-Hertog / Baarle-Nassau, Neutral Moresnet, Malta, Gibraltar. I love-love-love microstates, small nations and other quirks of geopolitical history.

Vatican City & The Vatican Museums

Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Singapore, Baarle-Hertog / Baarle-Nassau, Neutral Moresnet, Malta, Gibraltar. I love-love-love microstates, small nations and other quirks of geopolitical history. Primus inter pares is of course the Vatican or Vatican City in Rome. Last time I went, was in 2016, with Steve.