WELCOME to the first of a brand new series by filmmaker and Wander Off Wanderer, Adam Ferrari, which we’ve imaginatively titled Faraway Ferrari. He’s as talented as as his name would suggest, and in this series he’ll aim to inspire you to make your own travel videos, and to follow in his film making footsteps as much as his geographical ones.
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Brussels

Here is a video I plonked together during the inevitable Christmas boredom back in 2015. At this point, I wasn’t wielding a fancy camera, just a simple iPhone 5, but it goes to show that even with dodgy, pixelated footage, you can still capture the heart and soul of a destination. 

After a long slog of a year, Mother Bear and I took to the rails to enjoy some Belgian, Christmassy delights. Brussels is something of a ‘close to the heart’ destination for my mother, and she lead me to all the spots she recalled visiting as a child. Although I had no snazzy camera or expensive gear, and almost all of the documenting was done on my little old phone, the memories definitely live on in HD.

Travel Tips

If you’re thinking of paying a visit to the heart of the European Union (do it while you can visa-free – thanks Brexit, you shit) then I’d say 3 days is absolutely enough time to explore Brussels. I got the Eurostar directly, easy peasy, and found an Air BnB handily located near Trone station. I found getting around on the trains really simple – although everything in the centre is easy to get to by foot. And with one of the biggest Christmas markets on the continent centred around the opulent Grand Place square, Brussels is perfectly equipped for a wintery strolls. Especially when accompanied by mulled wine and hot chocolatey churros.

Further out of town, you can visit the Atomium (or ‘the big building with the balls’, as I called it) which, once upon a time used to be the heart of the European Union world exhibition. Go there and find out what it looked like in the 50’s, and then right next door is a design museum called A.D.A.M (it would have been rude for me not to go in), showcasing early household product designs from as far back as the 1920s.

By Adam Ferrari