Brussels was a breath of fresh air after spending so much time in the UK. Early on in our trip planning stages, Brian suggested spending a weekend in Belgium, and I am very glad that we did. It was fun to mix things up, and explore a new part of Europe. Plus, how could I say no to a country known for some of my favorite culinary delights: chocolate, beer, waffles, and fries.
On our first day in Brussels, I decided to give my back a break and forgo lugging around my heavy DSLR. I took the below images with a simple point-and-shoot. It was nice to have a bit more freedom as we navigated the bustling city streets, sampling waffles and fries, and ducking into chocolate shops to try different treats.
The above (right) little boy taking a leak, Manneken Pis, is a very famous landmark in the city.
Not only is Brussels the capital of the European Union, but it's also the capital of Tintin! This is one of many murals located in the city.
Waffle heaven. Seriously, these will ruin waffles in the U.S. for you because nothing compares. As Brian said, "I can't believe I used to think Eggo Waffles were good."
The next day, we decided to take a short train ride out to the medieval city of Bruges. Unfortunately, it rained the whole day which made exploring the town very hard, and taking pictures even more challenging. We ducked into the beer museum for a few pints for a while, and made a deal to come back one day (fingers crossed that the weather is better!). Here are a few images I was able to capture between downpours.
Yes. This painting.
The Basilica of the Holy Blood
Bon Voyage Bruges! Next stop, Ireland.