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Grand Place Brussels

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  • Day16

    Bruxelles 2

    August 7, 2017 in Belgium ⋅

    When I woke from my hibernation, I was immediately ready for breakfast, so I set out to get an authentic Belgian waffle. It was hot, and accidentally placed in a little bit of chocolate, which was the perfect amount of chocolate for me.

    I then started the attempt to get myself good and lost exploring the city. It didn't take long, and I saw tons of cool stuff when wandering the streets. The flowers come out in a few days at the Grand place, but other places in the city are already gearing up for it.

    I plopped myself in À la Bécasse for lunch and a flight of beers, and passed the afternoon sipping and reading.

    I'd hit all the major Belgian flavors this point, save moules + frites, do dinner was my chance to change that. When you don't understand any of the three languages on the menus, sometimes what you think is a tomato bisque really is a tomato with mayonnaise, pretty much my two least favorite foods. At least I got the mussels right!
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  • Day1

    BRUSSELS – THE ULTIMATE TRAVELOUS TRAVEL

    August 7, 2016 in Belgium ⋅

    BRUSSELS – THE ULTIMATE TRAVELOUS TRAVEL GUIDE

    I always thought Brussels is kind of boring and well, totally uninteresting. But Brussels surprised me! Brussels is different. I’ve visited Brussels on a cold weekend in January, without any expectations. And while I was walking through the city, always looking for a cozy place where I could warm up, I did find many cool places and stuff, I really didn’t expect. And as I’m not that much into sightseeing (and I think sightseeing is overrated all over the world btw), I’ve compiled some of my favourite cafés, restaurants and shopping tips (and some sightseeing, but just a bit, which I found pretty irritating so I had to share).

    Here are my travelous tips for a perfect city trip to Brussels:

    Cafés:

    L’atelier En Ville

    L’atelier En Ville is a mixture of café, bar, furniture shop, fashion shop and beer garden. In other words: you get five things at once. Perfect to stroll around, drink a coffee and especially in summer the beer garden must be perfect for a relaxed evening.

    Coffee Company

    A cute little hipster café with some yummy yummy cupcakes! Perfect for people-watching!
    Cafe Pom

    I’ve tried different times, but every time I’ve been there, Café Pom was closed. Damn! But it looked sooo cool from outside, I really hope one of you can go there one time and tell me if it’s as cool as I think it is!

    OR Espresso Bar

    The best coffee in town you’ll get in OR Espresso Bar and super yummy self-made lemonade and ice tea too!

    Restaurants

    Les Filles. Plaisirs culinaires.

    „Les Filles“ is still an insider tip in Brussels as this cute place just opened end of 2013… I’ve found it by accident on Foursquare! A really really cute café run by some friends. You sit here on long tables together with strangers for lunch or dinner and on weekends they also offer breakfast! It’s a little bit hard to find and you have to ring the door bell to get in.

    Arcadi Café

    Arcadi Café is as Brussels as it can be. First I thought it’s too crowded to ever get a table but after two minutes waiting I got one. The waiters were pretty friendly to me but I’ve heard they can be a bit rough sometimes. Don’t be put off if they aren’t that friendly, the food is definitely worth it.

    Fin de Siecle

    At Fin de Siecle you’ll get good, local food, served on long tables (I think the people in Brussels kind of love sitting on long tables with strangers). The atmosphere here is a mixture of Belgian charm with Bavarian beer garden. It can get really crowded after 7pm.

    Sightseeing

    Manneken Pis

    Manneken Pis belongs to Brussels like beer, fries and waffles. But I really don’t get why everyone is so excited about this pissing boy. It’s really not THAT amazing. I actually didn’t know that he has a sister: Jeanneke Pis (which is pretty much the same not THAT amazing), who’s peeing since about 30 years in a side street of Rue des Bouchers. What I actually really liked was Zinneke Pis, the peeing dog. Well ok, the dog is not really peeing. But normally there’s no huge tourist crowd around, why I really liked it. You can find Zinneke Pis at the corner of Rue des Chartreaux and Rue de Vieux-Marche.

    Street Art

    Street Art in Brussels is actually pretty cool. At every corner you stumble upon some new cool pieces. Sometimes I took a picture of something I found a neat piece of street art hidden on the corner of a house I didn’t see before taking the picture! If you’re into street art you’re going to have a lot of fun in Brussels to discover all the hidden master pieces of artists like ROA and others…

    Shopping

    Gabriele Vintage

    Gabriele Vintage is a true treasure chest for all vintage lover. I just stepped inside there to find shelter from the rain but then I nearly didn’t leave this place again. There are so many cool clothes! Some aren’t that cheap but the collection is really amazing. You can find clothes from nearly every century here and the matching accessorizes.

    Het Ivoren Aapje Book Store

    Het Ivoren Aapje is a book store like in the movies. I wouldn’t have been surprised if there would have been some magic books or magic wands hidden in one of the shelves. If you love books you’re going to spend hours here! And you’re going to love the owner Frederik Deflo and his dog!

    Halles Saint-Gery

    Actually I didn’t like Halles Saint-Gery that much. BUT I was lucky enough to be in Brussels on the first Sunday of the month and that means there’s a cool vintage market happening there. Perfect for a shopping stroll after brunch! If you’re into flea markets but not in Brussels on a first Sunday of the month you can also go to the flea market at Place du Jeu de Balle, which happens there every day.
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  • Day84

    Tours and Paris and then Belgium!

    July 23, 2015 in Belgium ⋅

    Tours france... beautiful city in France! And not a whole lot to do here! Besides the botanic gardens! One thing i love about Europe is there gardens! And there filled with farm animals! However..the tours botanical gardens had some friends from back in Australia! Mr emu, mr wallabie, mrs cockatill and mrs turtle! This kept me occupied for the next two days we were here! Especially knowing we had Paris to go to...even though we were in Paris for a week when we first started traveling, you never get bored in Paris! You always miss something! And this time we decided to go to the louve! And yes we saw the monalisa! Besides that...we watched the new terminator in 3d at the movies, and took a few snaps here and there of the places we missed first time round!

    Next stop Brugges! Finally a place where jason can speak the language! Amazing place! Horses with carrages run around, and swans in the rivers! Lots of markets on, and live music playing in the main square till midnight! Belgium is known for there chocolate, waffles and flavoured beers! And all of it is delicious! And soooo bad for me! We had horrible weather, but this didnt stop us! We visited a historical museum, which was displayed through animation in each room! Very clever and entertaining! But what was even more amazing was being showed the old town back in the 1500s, through a virtual head set! It felt like we were in a game! If video games were invented like this...id be tempted to play, as this was just crazy!

    After spending three days in brugges, it was time to take an early train to brussels! And believe it or not... they speak french...and they are the only town in belgium what dont speak dutch! Here we plan on being lazy! So far we have gone to mini europe, which is a little park with models of european city attractions! We have also visted the local fair with rides...ofcorse, because jasin cant say no! And we have done a lot of sleeping and drinking flavoured beers! We are saving our energy for the bug tomorrowland festival which is starting within the nexg two days, and goes for 3 whole days! After this we are heading to the netherlands to have a relaxing break for 2 weeks, before sun baking in greece and croatia on a boat! Feels like a dream to me.
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