I went to Brussels this past weekend with my husband and two teenagers. It is only one hour and 20 minutes from Paris by the train, so we left at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning and we were in Brussels, having checked in and started walking around by 10:30.
I had never been to Brussels to sightsee. It was much better than anything I had expected. Very walkable, beautiful architecture, great food, and everything was lit up for Christmas which added to the charm. It is not the first city you think about visiting in Europe, but would definitely recommend it and would most certainly go back.
First stop : St. Michael and Gudule Cathedral
The sun was streaming through the stained glassed windows, there were nativity sets from all around the world, it was magnificent.
Lunch, where my husband ate the three things Belgium is known for : mussels, fries and beer.
That afternoon we spent walking around the city, much of it is for pedestrians only. So charming !
This is the central square with Town Hall
Had to buy Belgian chocolate :
And spent some time at the Christmas market, but there were hoards of people !
Went up in a Ferris Wheel. This was definitely NOT our favorite activity but the girls wanted to do it. My husband does not do well with heights, and I wasn’t feeling too well either.
After a nap at the hotel we went to Restaurant Vincent. A traditional restaurant, but its originality is that you enter through the kitchen. Yes, you literally walk through the kitchen. The meet and much of the food is cooked in the dining rooms, near the table. The food was decent, a bit pricy, but we loved the experience and the service was great.
On Sunday, we spent the morning at the Christmas market, there were fewer people. That afternoon we went to the Comic Strip Museum. Many famous authors / illustrators are from Belgium, so their comic strip culture is unbelievable. The museum is in an art deco building… it was almost worth going to Belgium to see just this museum. I will post more photos in another post.
And we were back in Paris by 8 p.m. Sunday. Phew. Whirlwind two days, but we loved it, as did our teenage daughters.
How was your weekend ?