Ok so I'm a tiny bit behind on this trip report. What can I say? The weeks got away from me. Back in April when I was a woman of leisure for one glorious month, we hopped a flight to Brussels for a weekend to check out the fine city country of Belgium.
We had a great few days here eating our body weight in amazing waffles (that are completely unlike the ones you find here in the US) and pounding the cobblestones. Brussels doesn't have the typical 'must see' type of sites like Paris' Eiffel Tower or Rome's Trevi Fountain which makes it a great stop for a short trip. No pressure to race around! It's more of soaking in the European lifestyle, peaking into shops, enjoying good food and walking down the streets that have been wandered for centuries.
Don't get me wrong - there is no shortage of things to do here. For one there is a true flea market (or should I say broncante?) in the city that has all sorts of random odds and ends. And then there is a plenthora of fabulous antique stores - my favorite being aptly named Stefantiek. Honestly, is there a better name?
It was also very easy to sign up for a day tour to the nearby cities of Ghent and Brugges. You could easily set up camp here for longer (I'm sure you'll be shocked by this) we did the whirlwind tour.
I'm not sure if it comes across in the photos or not but I found Belgium to be a very atmospheric country. There was a certain attitude here that felt different than other European sites. Not as frenzied or heavy - but still something to be noticed at every turn.
We also stopped over at the Atomium and its miniature park - both of which I think its safe to give a pass should you ever be in the area. Spending time in the old cities is far more enjoyable.
So that was our trip in photos. Hope you enjoyed the ride along.
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