The Grand Place - North-East corner, Brussels, Belgium

Is it just Beer and Chocolate in Brussels, Belgium?

In Belgium, Europe, Inspiration, Mini Breaks, Our Journeys, Trip-Types, World Travel by JanisLeave a Comment

(Which isn’t such a bad thing)

A city so close to home, why wait to discover it?

The church of Saint Jacques-sur-Coudenberg

For our spring weekend break in 2012 we chose Brussels. I don’t really know why we had left it so long to visit Brussels, perhaps it’s because it is so close.

Living in the Southeast of the UK, we have previously used the Eurostar to visit France. The travelling experience with Eurostar is so easy and stress free, that we didn’t hesitate to use them again for our Brussels mini-break.

So let me share with you why ...

... we chose Brussels & what we were hoping to discover;

- Architecture: This is regularly at the top our list and the Grand-Place/Grote Markt and its surrounding architecture look wonderful.

Brussels townhall, another imposing neo-gothic structure in the Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium

Particularly the Neo-Gothic Town hall. The Royal Palace and the Arcade shopping galleries equally look appealing.

- Culture: The City of Brussels sits in its own little enclave, although it has communities from both Wallonia and Flanders.

Jardin du Mont des Arts , Brussels, Belgium

French is most commonly spoken, but it’s going to be interesting to experience the mixture.

- Weird: Visitors flock to see the Manneken Pis (Little Man Pee), odd thing to have as a statue but who am I to argue.

- Weather: As long as it doesn’t rain, I don’t mind, not dissimilar to the UK in March.

- Food: Now, I’m going to enjoy this, what’s not to like about waffles & chocolates.

I’m aware that Belgium is also well-known for frites & moules, but I’m looking forward to experiencing other delights of their national cuisine.

- Beer: Belgium is world renowned for its beer, just be prepared for the alcohol strengths.

Taverne Manneken Pis, Brussels, Belgium

It may taste sweet and innocent, but it can have a kick like a Moscow Mule.

- Travel Type: Brussels is very easy to fly to it only takes about 1hr 10 min from London. If you are interested in driving, it is only just over a couple of hours from Calais. But as mentioned we have chosen Eurostar for this trip.

- Points to note: English is regularly spoken, although I do try and make an effort to speak a little French.

- Perhaps not so well known: I believe Brussels may have few street artists, it’ll be interesting to see what we may find.

Comic-strip street art, Brussels, Belgium

So let’s start planning, to ensure we see as much as we can.

Have You?

Visited Belgium's captial? What was the highlight of the trip for you? (it's okay if it was the Beer & Chocolate 😉)

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