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Loving Lodz: 7 exciting things to see and do in Lodz

Lodz used to be a derelict industrial town, but became one of the rising stars of Polish tourism in just two decades. Twenty years ago, it was a city of forgotten factories and crumbling buildings; today it completely reinvented itself. Hip shops and bars, tons of exciting street art, interesting museums and lots of repurposed industrial architecture. Trot Op! booked a city trip and came back with seven things to see and do in Lodz. In long-gone, mythical times when…

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The 8 best coffee bars in Antwerp

Selecting the best coffee bars in Antwerp is not an easy task, mainly because there are so damn many of them. Antwerp has hundreds to choose from. You couldn’t even try them all out, without a couple of new ones popping up in the meantime. Trot Op! went looking for them anyways, and ended up with the following eight.   For most Belgians living elsewhere, Antwerp is regarded as a city full of arrogant macho pricks with a superiority complex…

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What to do in Genk: 9 surprising tips for an exciting weekend

When coal was discovered in the early 20th century, Genk grew from a glorified village into one of the most important industrial cities in Belgium. In the eighties however, the mines were shut down and the city had to reinvent itself. This worked out quite well. Trot Op! visited the main attractions in Genk, as well as a few less obvious stops. Surprise: Genk is not the most beautiful city in Flanders. Even the locals would find it ridiculous to…

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What to do in Hasselt: 8 tips for a fun weekend in Limburg

Hasselt is the embodiment of Limburgian hospitality: friendly faces, a lively oldtown with great restaurants, a surprising cultural offer and lots of nature around. Trot Op! booked a little house in the forest bordering the city, and decided to find out what to do in Hasselt in detail. Let’s not beat around the bush here: Limburg is not necessarily known as a destination for the most exhillarating of adventures. Belgium’s most musical province – we’re mainly talking about the local…

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The 6 best African restaurants in Antwerp

Join our discovery tour to the best African restaurants in Antwerp, and get to know some of the classics, a couple of hip newcomers and a few places almost no one will know about. Trop Op! went for a taste and saw it was good. Yes dear friends, it’s about time for a breather. After a long series of travel stories about exotic destinations such as Boom – which got me on VTM News: the pinnacle of quality – the…

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Carnival in Tenerife: 6 tips for a holiday to Europe’s largest carnival

Carnival in Tenerife, taking over the Canary Islands every February, is the largest carnival in the world after Rio de Janeiro. For more than a week, daily life comes to a complete standstill and the locals move and live on the rhythm of the music. Trot Op! joined the party and never looked back. ¡Hola amigos y amigas! Looking for a chance to party hardy after two miserable years of covid isolation? Well then stick some feathers up your butt…

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What to do in Roeselare: 8 new tips for your weekend in the Lys Region

Roeselare is a fun town in the West-Flemish part of the Lys Region. It has a pleasant town centre full of beautiful facades, there are plenty of interesting businesses and museums to visit, and it offers surprisingly many things to do. Trot Op! took a discovery tour and came back with these 8 tips. The last place my sassy sidekick Floor and I stopped during our wild weekend in the Lys region was beautiful Roeselare. Coincidentally, this was the only…

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What to do in Kortrijk: 7 great tips for your visit to the Lys region

Kortrijk is the second stop on our exciting adventure through the Lys region. It’s a beautiful city, full of water, spires and cosy bars. Trot Op! went in for a closer look and came back with seven great tips for you next visit to Kortrijk. Let’s not beat around the bush: when it comes to long-distance travel, the last year and a half was quite the sad tale for most people. For me, this was no different. In the blessed…

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A day in Deinze: 6 tips for your weekend in the Lys Valley

Deinze might not be topping the list of touristic hotspots in Belgium, but it’s a surprisingly varied destination with a couple of unique stops on offer. Trot Op! went for a visit in cooperation with Lys Valley Tourism and returned with the following six tips for a weekend in Deinze. “Hey baby, wanna grab the kids and book a weekend in Deinze?” The odds of this phrase ever being unsarcastically uttered in all of human history, seemed about as likely…

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