…and in photos! Pictures from my rainy 4-day whirlwind tour through the land of waffles, beer, chocolate & gorgeous buildings!
Carlie blissfully enjoying our first Belgian frites!
First spot of Grand Place in Brussels!
Carlie getting her 15mins of fame: getting interviewed about Italy while in Belgium!
On to our next Belgian activity: waffles!
Belgian chocolates! In the shape of the famous Mannekin Pis and in assorted flavours!
The famed Mannekin Pis… #letdown
The way cooler Mannekin Pis, in my opinion
Belgium Day 2 began by taking the train to Mons to see a familiar face! Hi Fidel!
The gorgeous little town of Mons
I spent a fair amount of time waiting for & riding trains around this little country
Public piano in the Brussels Midi train station – genius!
The Belfort in Bruges
Cute houses in the medieval city of Bruges
Watching the magic happen at Choco-story, a chocolate museum that ended with free samples 🙂
Bruges by night
Pearls of wisdom from the streets of Brugge
Fancy dinner: croquettes & champagne!
Wandering the graffiti streets of Gent
The view of Gent from the Gravensteen Castle
The view from my hostel room in Ghent. Best location ever!
Arriving at the gorgeous Antwerpen Central Station!
Tigers lounging at the Antwerp Zoo. Zoos are a bit of a moral debate for me but Antwerp’s is one of the oldest in the world, the sun was shining & the cute animals were calling!
The giraffes I didn’t get to see in southern Africa last summer!
And my favourite: the gorillas! This guy sat right next to the glass looking very pensive.
More kick-ass graffiti!
First sighting of Antwerpen’s gorgeous cathedral.
Antwerp from the port
4 days took me through Brussels, Mons, Bruges, Gent and Antwerp! The weekend was pretty grey and rainy, but that’s springtime travel for you! I loved walking the crooked cobblestone streets and appreciating all of the castles, churches and cathedrals that tower over these picturesque cities. I also didn’t mind indulging in a few waffles and chocolate samples along the way! If I were to return to Belgium, I think I would spend more time in the little towns or the more medieval ones (like Brugge) and visit the independent shops that line the stone streets.
*Note: the French/Dutch multilingualism of Belgium results in interchangeable names for the cities above (i.e. Brussels/Bruxelles, Gent/Ghent, Bruges/Brugge and Antwerp/Antwerpen)
Coming up next: a weekend in London for We Day & sightseeing with Andrea!