Belgium city-break: Brussels

Belgium has a great mix of cultures – half Flemish, half French. Brussels in particular captures this spirit – it’s in the Flemish side of the country, but the majority of inhabitants are native French-speakers.  It’s a lovely place to explore. You’ll probably notice a common themes running through these photographs; Brussels is famous for waffles, chocolate, frites, comics (it’s the home of Tintin), and the Manneken Pis.

tintin

Tintin and Snowy! Spotted from the train rolling into Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid station.

bruxelles

An example of the two languages living side by side. Also, Brussels has really nice trash cans.
(Is that an odd thing to notice?)

Brussels Grote Market

Building detail - Brussels Grote Market

The Grote Markt (or Grand Place) was a square of breathtaking buildings. Gold, ornate, and utterly gorgeous.

comic-walls

Brussels has lots of cool street art/comics painted around town. There’s also a museum dedicated to comics!

belgian-owls

The finest Belgian chocolate – in owl form.

A true polyglot, Brussels melds old and new architecture.

bicycles

mannekin

Putting the Pis in “piss-take” – there are tributes to Brussels’s favourite son, the Manneken Pis, everywhere.

kitten-postcards

cookie

puppet

waffles

birds-of-paradise

Then after a night out and some excellent French food, it was back to London. I think we’ll be back to visit very soon – Belgium is only 1 hour 50 minutes away from London by Eurostar. It’s amazing  to someone who has spent their entire life living on an island!

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