Europe, Vacation

Brussels 2017 (Part One)

We took the train from Paris to Brussels.  It was a short 90-minute ride.  The train ride was very comfortable and it went by pretty fast.  The only problem was we shopped too much in Paris so we had more luggage and it was a pain to bring it on, but luckily there were three of us and a couple of nice strangers who helped us.

The Gare du Nord station is one of the busiest railway stations in Europe.

I don’t mind riding on the train.  It saves a lot of time and money.

Love our room, it was so spacious!I was dying to try Belgian waffles, but I was disappointed with the texture.  I think the ones in Vancouver tasted better.  I guess this always happens when we have higher expectations eh?

Grand Place – our hotel was only a short walk from this place and we went there a few times during our stay in Brussels.  It was once voted as the most beautiful square in Europe.

What is with European buildings?  I have yet found one I don’t like.

We stumbled upon a Pierre Marcolini store.  Look at how beautiful these flowers are, they were hanging right in the middle of the store.

 

Pierre Marcolini is an internationally acclaimed Belgian chocolatier so of course, their chocolates did not disappoint.

While we were walking towards dinner, the restaurant we dined at was located in the same alley as Audrey Hepburn was born.  How cool is that?

Our first Belgium meal at Les Brassins – I’m not really a beer person but flavoured beer is a different story.

Traditional Belgium meatballs in tomato sauce – so moist and flavourful

Rabbits with cherry sauce – another tasty dish.  For those who haven’t tried rabbits, they tasted remarkably similar to chicken.

I can’t get my hands off these frites!  I know they’re not the healthiest, but they were so crispy.

I’ll take one of each, please.

Tin Tin is Brussel’s most famous fictional character.

I love the concept of Noordzee La Mer du Nord.  You ordered your food at a steel counter, they cooked the food for you at an open area.  They hollered your name when your dishes are ready and you eat it at these standing tables.  How crazy is that?

The seafood is divine – fresh ingredients, tapas-style and perfect with a glass of wine.

Razor clams – my favourite!!

The best crab cakes ever!!Manneken Pis – one of Brussels famous attraction.  As you can tell, it’s very small and kinda cute.

I wanted to give the waffles another chance.  These tasted better than the first ones we had.

Brussels is one of those cities where IMO it’s not necessary to go back.  It’s a fairly small city and although the seafood was amazing, I don’t think I will go back within the next few years.  Shopping plays an important factor – I mean how is a girl going to have fun without any retail therapy?  There is nothing to buy in Brussels except for some really good quality chocolates.

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4 Comment

  1. Reply
    Jeanie
    February 3, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Don’t forget my most prized “souvenirs” that I had to guard and treasure on the train to Brussels! haha I miss those french cookie crepes so much! Mmmmmm I miss that seafood meal in Brussels!

  2. Reply
    A Very Sweet Blog
    February 7, 2018 at 11:08 am

    They are known for their waffles & chocolate. The waffles looked so pretty Jo! Ashame they weren’t what you expected. Glad the chocolates worked out. The food looked amazing. What a fabulous time!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

  3. Reply
    Nora
    February 7, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    The food looks delicious and very flavourful! I would have loved to taste the chocolates! You can certainly tell that they are of the finest quality. Glad to know that Brussels is not a must-visit city because there are so many other cities to see in Europe! I’m so excited to join you next year!

  4. Reply
    Veronica Estevao
    February 11, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Wow those waffles look amazing! Brussels is definitely on my list of places to visit!

    Love this!
    Veronica Estevao

    http://www.veronicaestevao.com

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