The second week of our trip landed us in Brussels, Belgium, a two hour train ride from Paris. Our stay in Brussels was short, only two days, but we tried to make the very best of it.
Our rental was conveniently located right around the corner from the main square. Like Paris, Brussels was loaded with beautiful buildings and architectures. Here’s the Bourse de Bruxelles, the Brussels Stock Exchange.
Brussel’s main square, the Grand Place, lives up to its name, beautiful gilded buildings surround the center plaza.
My guidebook recommended visiting the city’s most famous statue, the Manneken-Pis, of a small boy peeing in the water fountain, which is listed as one of the Brussel’s top 10 sights. My reaction when we arrived at the foot-tall statue was to ask, “is this a joke?” Apparently it’s not; Nick’s face says it all.
We walked around for most of the afternoon and evening and then found a restaurant to enjoy a traditional Belgian dish (and my favorite) of moules frites, or mussels and fries.
The next morning we left Brussels for a day trip to the historical city of Bruges. This quaint little city is only a short train ride away from Brussels and is filled with beautiful canals, cobbled streets, and lots of shops and eateries.
Our first stop was to the De Halve Maan Brewery, where we took a tour of the small, 100- year old family run brewery.
The brewery’s rooftop offered great panoramic views of the entire area.
Of course, we couldn’t leave without trying one of the home brews.
After the brewery tour we decided to take a boat tour through the city’s scenic canals.
Bruges has the most beautiful old gabled buildings…
After spending the previous week in busy London and Paris, it was really nice to get away for a few hours and relax in this quieter little town.
After the boat tour we spent a few hours walking around and exploring more of the city, and browsing through the many weekend flea markets selling antiques and vintage knickknacks.
Here’s a photo of Nick in a Belgian confectioner’s shop…in the chocolate capital of the world…filling a treat bag with sugary candy! That’s my boy. 🙂
I couldn’t leave without trying a few delicious chocolates though…
Nick and I came across this sign while walking around the city and it gave us a good laugh, #Belgianproblems.
Later that evening we took the train back to Brussels and after relaxing for a while we headed back to the Grand Place, which we heard was especially pretty to see at night when the buildings are lit.
When we arrived at the plaza Nick and I were both surprised to find the entire plaza flooded with music and an array of colorful lights!
On our way back home we stopped at one of the city’s many frites stands for a late-night snack!
We explored the area a bit more in the morning and then once again we made our way to the train station, this time to travel to our final stop, Amsterdam!