Belgium in Bad Weather

…and in photos! Pictures from my rainy 4-day whirlwind tour through the land of waffles, beer, chocolate & gorgeous buildings!

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Carlie blissfully enjoying our first Belgian frites!

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First spot of Grand Place in Brussels!

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Carlie getting her 15mins of fame: getting interviewed about Italy while in Belgium!

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On to our next Belgian activity: waffles!

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Belgian chocolates! In the shape of the famous Mannekin Pis and in assorted flavours!

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The famed Mannekin Pis… #letdown

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The way cooler Mannekin Pis, in my opinion

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Belgium Day 2 began by taking the train to Mons to see a familiar face! Hi Fidel!

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The gorgeous little town of Mons

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#trainlife
I spent a fair amount of time waiting for & riding trains around this little country

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Public piano in the Brussels Midi train station – genius!

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The Belfort in Bruges

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Cute houses in the medieval city of Bruges

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Watching the magic happen at Choco-story, a chocolate museum that ended with free samples 🙂

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Bruges by night

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Pearls of wisdom from the streets of Brugge

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Fancy dinner: croquettes & champagne!

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Wandering the graffiti streets of Gent

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The view of Gent from the Gravensteen Castle

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Gravensteen Castle!

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The view from my hostel room in Ghent. Best location ever!

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Arriving at the gorgeous Antwerpen Central Station!

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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!

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The giraffes I didn’t get to see in southern Africa last summer!

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And my favourite: the gorillas! This guy sat right next to the glass looking very pensive.

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More kick-ass graffiti!

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First sighting of Antwerpen’s gorgeous cathedral.

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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!

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