Sabtu, 15 September 2012

Affordable Autumn Break Ideas

Looking to go on a brief and affordable autumn break somewhere on your own, with pals or a partner? It's best to choose a medium-sized city so you can manage to see most of what's on offer in just a few days, and save money by avoiding the public transport you'd have to take in large metropolises.

Brussels, Belgium

No trip to the Belgian capital is complete without visits to the Grand Place, the Manneken Pis and his little sister, and the Atomium, as well as gobbling down at least one warm waffle and a portion of fries with mayonnaise or sauce andalouse. But any old guide book will tell you that.

Some of the city's lesser known sights of interest are located along and around the tree-lined Avenue Louise. Abbaye de la Cambre is a beautiful old abbey that serves as a great setting for a picnic or afternoon stroll. Nearby Bois de la Cambre park is a haven for nature lovers who can stroll there aimlessly for a few hours.

For great cafes and bars, head to Place Chatelain and Place Flagey where you can savour some of the world's best pizza at Mama Roma outlets. On Wednesdays, Place Chatelain is also host to a gourmet food market frequented both by locals and the many expats in town.

If you're looking to do a bit of shopping but want to avoid the beaten track, then the flea market on Place du Jeu de Balle could be right up your alley, as well as all the quirky vintage and interior shops in the surrounding Chapelle area.

Bristol, United Kingdom

Bristol is a very up and coming British city with one of the most active and promising art scenes. With its strong student population, the city very much caters towards the young generation with excellent nightlife and a steady cafe scene.

One of the most loved parts of town among the many students and visitors is the Gloucester Road area. It's home to many a great restaurant and cafe, quite a few of which specialise in vegan and vegetarian cuisines. Nearby Montpelier echoes the feel slightly with more great restaurants to choose from, and trendy shops to browse.

Some of the coolest attractions in town include the Tobacco Factory arts and exhibition centre, and the new M Shed Museum.

Choose from a range of cool Bristol city hotels to spend the night in.

Harvey McEwan writes to offer information on a variety of areas, from business networking abroad to Bristol city hotels. View Harvey's other articles to find out more.

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