Brussels, Belgium

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Brussels now reminds me of waffles, fries and mussels. Not together of course.

I really wasn’t sure what to expect before visiting. This was totally an Ashley suggestion and when I first heard it, I thought “Sure, why not”. It exceeded my expectations as a destination.

Arriving in central Brussels, the smell of waffles is strong. It permeates the atmosphere and pretty much follows you. I think it has to do with the waffle truck that was parked right outside the station.

It’s a fantastic place to visit over the holidays because the entire area surrounding the Grand Place is set up to be a Christmas market. This was my first European Christmas market, and it did not disappoint.

The light show in the Grand Place is a highlight and of ridiculous entertainment value.

In addition to the Christmas market, there are also windy streets with lots of outdoor terrace restaurants, such as Delerium Café which has more than 2,000 beers available.

Things to Do/Eat in Brussels

  • Grand Place – Preferably over Christmas, it’s insane.
  • Mussels and Fries – What they’re known for.
  • Mannekin Pis – A statue of a boy peeing. It’s famous for reasons I’m not sure why.
  • Delerium Café – This place rocks. Thousands of beers.
  • Waffles – There are waffle trucks, stands and restaurants everywhere. There are dozens of varieties. Nobody does waffles like Brussels.

Super happy with this trip and glad we went. I’d definitely return though I’m not sure what the atmosphere is like when it’s not Christmas.
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