So I recently went on a short holiday over a weekend right after my crazy hectic month of exams in April. It was a trip I was really looking forward to as I really needed a break and wanted to see more of Europe. Anyhow, I thought I'd share some pictures with you lovelies of my travels to Belgium! I went there for 3 days at the end of April. Went to Brussels, and Bruges. But I'll show you Day One first, which is Brussels! Btw, this is picture-heavy! =D
Pug purse, Eurostar ticket, passport and my little yellow travel 'folder'.
Restaurant we went into for lunch. It's called 'Drug Opera'. Love the interior! We were sat up on the first floor with a nice view of the tables below. Service was lovely- polite, quick and efficient. Prices for food were slightly on the steep end but we looked around after and only found food in that price range so maybe that's normal of tourist-y areas.
Look at the cool-shaped chocolates! A game console?! iPad and iPhone? It was crazy cool!
|Town Hall - Grand Place|
At the Grand Place!
Beautiful art noveau buildings!
Mannekin Pis!! And he was wearing a costume at that time too - so cute!
Lovely mural on the wall of a building
BANANA ICE CREAM!!! I was so happy when I found this. I.love.banana.ice cream. And it tasted like proper banana ice cream. Not the type where they just put artificial flavouring. It was so good. Raimo's one of the oldest ice cream shops in Paris, and was so glad I found a little shop in Belgium too.
How can we go to Belgium and not have waffles?? Well, I didn't but the boyfriend made sure he had some. This waffle was really delicious. We'd never seen or heard of waffles with chocolate bars stuck inside them but there you go. We tried it and it was scrumptious!
The church of Sainte Catherine
How cool is this?! An escalator to exit the Metro (their Underground/Tube) in the middle of an open space. Wonder what happens when it rains or snows...
Topped up our fluids from Carrefour Express. I like Carrefour. Wish they hadn't pulled out of Malaysia. The boyfriend had the Cherry Cola (which tasted like cough mixture in my opinion) while I had water and the pomegranate green tea - it was so refreshing! I think the pomegranate green tea drink is from a brand called 'Arizona'. I really like their drinks. Found them in Amsterdam and Carrefour in Paris too. Oh, and the Tesco Express near Covent Garden stocks Arizona drinks too!
This was so amusing I coudn't not take a picture of it. What does it mean? Is that a specific spot where dogs can do its business? Or does it mean that this area is a place where dogs actually do its business? I have no idea.
Dinner time. The boyfriend's chicken vole-au-vent which was so very yummy. He couldn't stop raving about how this was the most tender chicken he'd ever tasted. I liked how rich and creamy the sauce was.
My second mussel dish for that day (I had it for lunch as well!) and frites!
And that pretty much sums up my first day in Belgium. I have loads more pictures but just thought I'd try to show snapshots of my first day there. We were also really blessed to have good weather throughout our whole trip (save one occasion where there was a slight drizzle). Brussels is a lovely city. It's bustling, lively yet not too crowded. If only the food wasn't so pricey. Or maybe we just didn't know where to look.
Stay tuned for Day Two of my Belgium trip - next up is Bruges!