Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Long weekend in Brussels, Belgium

If you've been following along on Facebook and Twitter, you'd know we were in Belgium over the weekend. Our trip to the States was go-go-go with road trips, weddings, and family obligations. Then when we got back home Will was working long shifts (12+) and weekends so I wanted to plan a relaxing vacation for him.

Royal Windsor Hotel
Will immediately hit vacation mode.

We flew in early on the 4th. We caught the train from the airport to the city center and wandered around town...partly looking for our hotel, partly killing time because check in wasn't until 2. After two hours, we saw a good amount of the area surrounding Grand-Place, but we still had no idea where our hotel was. So Will finally caved and asked for help. Turns out the hotel is like two blocks from the train station. Aagghh! We checked in and then immediately crashed. We woke up for dinner and went for a walk through Grand-Place...and then immediately ran for cover when it started pouring. We spotted Hard Rock and got a table within 5 minutes. I've never had that happen! We really wanted to eat at a local restaurant, but the rain was relentless and we didn't bring our jackets. But we were rewarded with free beers since we are American and it was the Fourth of July. Yay!

Brussels, Belgium
Brussels, Belgium
Hard Rock Brussels

The next day we went on a 3 hour walking tour of the city. Normally walking for that long will make me cranky, but our tour guide (Dee) was amazing! First of all, she's from Ireland and had an awesome Irish accent. On top of that she was full of interesting facts, hilarious jokes, and stories about the city.

Brussels, Belgium
former stock exchange building, future beer history museum
Brussels, Belgium
St. Nicholas Church
Brussels, Belgium
Manneken Pis (and our guide, Dee)
Brussels, Belgium
Les Galeries Saint Hubert
Brussels, Belgium
The city is full of cartoon murals
Brussels, Belgium
St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral
Brussels, Belgium
Royal Park
Brussels, Belgium
Royal Palace
Brussels, Belgium

Sunday was our lazy day. We slept in, ate tons of food, did a little shopping, and just wandered around. We debated taking a day trip to Bruges or Ghent or Antwerp, but in the end we wanted to keep it a lazy day. We stumbled upon a handball game going on in Grand-Place and a 3x3 basketball tournament in front of La Monnaie. So surreal seeing the games being played in front of huge historic gorgeous buildings. We had to go into the Tin Tin and Smurfs shops. My husband indulged my book fetish and let me buy books on both comics' histories. I can't wait to read them!

The trip was exactly what Will needed to decompress so it was a hugely successful vacation. I'm already having major travel withdrawal and I'm already planning our next one.

Brussels, Belgium
Frisian handball in Grand-Place
Brussels, Belgium
Brussels, Belgium
Guess where the Tin Tin & Smurfs comics were created?

10 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous place!!! :) I am jealous.

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  2. oh my gosh - looks like so much fun and so incredibly beautiful! (also I'm so jealous of all of y'alls travel!) ;)

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  3. Looks like so much fuN!

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  4. I must go there! It is on my short list. So pretty!!

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  5. I loved Brussels! You are making me miss Europe something fierce!!

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  6. Europe is going to be really hard to leave. Everywhere we've gone has been so much fun!

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  7. It definitely deserves to be on the short list. It's an amazing city.

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