13 March 2014

Brussels, Belgium #travelthursdays

One of the joys of London, is the abitilty to easily escape to other nearby European cities. In around about the same time as it would take to catch the train to Oxford or Birmingham, we found ourselves alighting in the waffle capital of the world.
 
 

Brussels misses out on tourist accolades, having to compete with big hitters like Paris, Cologne, Berlin & Barcelona, so going for a long weekend we just planned a relaxing city break. This is just a wee photo essay - I'll report back fully shortly.
 
 
 
We loved the humour of the Belgian capital, not only their fondness of the Mannekin Pis, a small statue of a small boy having a wee, the friendly bar staff, and even the street art that is everywhere. We found the weeing space invader by the artist "Invader" to be highly entertaining.


We had to take in a brewery tour whilst there, try the chocolatiers, trip to Bruges for the day and of course, check out the quality of waffles. When in Rome and all that...





We didn't realise it's the home of Tintin (and of course his faithful companion Snowy).



In memory of my Grandmother, we admired the beautiful Belgian lace...



And were lucky enough to meet up with a group of lovely friends, and learn that Lego can be used for art.



Ahhh, St Pancras roof. Such a delight.
 

Who knew there was so much to this unassuming European city?

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20 comments:

  1. I love Brussels and hope to be back soon :)

    What brewery did you go to for a tour? And did you find the Jeanneke Pis? Female version of the Manneken pis.

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    1. We went to Cantillion, it's the last Iambic one. The beer is very acidic though, almost like cier.
      Yep, we found Jeanneke Pis, but didn't get a chance to find the dog sadly!

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  2. I also love Brussels and am so happy to see it featured!

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  3. Brussels is at the top of my list of places to see!

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    1. It's a cool little city, Bruges is amazing too - very medival feeling.

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  4. I love Brussels and Bruges! I thought that it was a great city to wander around. Did you manage to take a walk on the hill where the palace is?

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    1. Well, we walked up a lot of hills but I'm not sure if it included the Palace, bad blogger I know!

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  5. I'd love to get to Brussels -- I've only ever flown in on a layover but seeing the city from above was just so charming!

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    1. It is sweet, I'd highly recommend a day or so there, and a trip to Bruges!

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  6. A lot of people don't have good things to say about Brussels, but I enjoyed it when I went! I had a great cherry beer

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    1. Yeah, I was surprised at how much we enjoyed it, but I didn't expect a lot so my expectations were pretty reasonable I think! It's a good weekend break.

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  7. OMG those waffle's look so good. Nom nom.

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  8. Waffles and champagne. Well, of course. ;o)

    We hope to go to Brussels this summer since it's so close, probably just a long weekend for us there as well. I'm anxious to hear about what you did so I can get some ideas!

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    1. Of course :D Funnily enough it's not my drink, I just photographed cleverly!

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  9. Belgium looks amazing! We are going to Bruges in a week. Recommend anything that is a must do?

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    1. All of it :D No, that's not helpful. There are some cool Chocolate crawls, don't go into the Medieval Museum and definitely try Frites in the main square.

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  10. This looks like a lovely place! The cuddly dogs are so cute!

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    xx

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  11. We had a great time in Brussels too but I totally did not get the mannekin pis thing and it always had a huge crowd too.

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