Bouillon, more than its castle

Oh no, I turned 40 in June. For years I escaped Belgium for my birthday. I even managed to do so last year, in between COVID-19 related leisure travel lockdowns, visiting my sister Florence in Switzerland. This year leaving the Realm proved to be very impractical. But Danny, his boyfriend Sam, Oriol and myself booked…

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. 

Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit

Yes, it’s time for some Formula 1. As the COVID-19 stricken 2020 season draws to a close with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, it’s a perfect excuse for a Throwback Thursday to my short visit of Yas Marina Circuit back in 2014.

Should you visit San Marino?

I love microstates. I love how they survived history to remain independent. They survived aggression by bigger powers and show a middle finger to expectations of rationalisation, logic and simplification. In 2015 I made a stop in the Most Serene Republic of San Marino.