A couple of days ago, I set to write this post and ended going on a bit of a rambling on the way I like to travel. (Which you can read here) But given I clearly took off my chest what I wanted to say…let’s talk about Brussels!
Le boyfriend and I were able to get two plane tickets to Brussels for less than 10$ each, and being so cheap we decided that it made more sense just to get there early in the morning and fly back to Berlin at night. Which meant 3 hours of sleep and to Brussels way too early.
As I said in the last post, we don’t follow maps and we like just walking around, so after getting off at the Bruxelle Central train station, we just walked around until we found a café that was open. I don’t know if it was because it was early or because it was Saturday, but the streets looked like a scene of a post apocalyptic movie, they were absolutely empty, quiet and barely lit.
After walking for a while and praying for the clouds to go away and give a sunny day, we found JAT’s, a super modern café close to the Palais de Bruxelles. We ordered two yummy bagels, some coffees and relaxed while the city awoke.
There’s nothing like yummy food to regain strength, and as we walked down, towards the Grand Place Le Boyfriend had to basically un-glue me (is that a thing?…in spanish is..) from every chocolatiers, macaroon stores, and fancy antique shop window.
We had coffee number two at the Grand Place, which we had all for ourselves since it was so early, there we found out that the week after there was going to be a gigantic, amazing flower carpet installed in the middle of the square, so we were able to get a few glimpses of what was going on, as well as a couple of weddings taking place in the town hall. (I’ve never seen so many gorgeous brides and grooms in my life)
Being such a sweet tooth, I couldn’t help myself and stop at every single candy shop and chocolatiers, I knew Belgium was known for its chocolate, but if you mix delicious sweets with amazing store design that’s a win win in my book. We walked through Saint Huberts Gallerie and over to the Rue des Bouchers, which is filled with lights and music and countless restaurants. (Pro tips here: Given its popularity, it does feel like a tourist trap, with overpriced menus and people shouting at you to get in their restaurants, we decided to get out lunch from somewhere else, but you might go there at a quieter time and it does look quite vibrant)
We had only slept 2 hours, so it came a time were we were just shattered, and luckily Brussels had blessed us with the most amazing sunny Saturday, so we bought two subway tickets and made our way to the Parc du Cinquantenaire, a beautiful 19th Century styled park, with flower gardens, fountains and art and arms museums. We had apparently travelled to Brussels just in time for a music festival, so after catching a glimpse of a band from Bolivia, we found ourselves in a massive Colombian party, with live music, traditional treats and one or two ‘very drunk’ party goers.
With a bit a latin music in our background, we put our sunglasses on, lied on the grass and had a cheeky nap al fresco to regain energy. A couple of hours later and a few weird discussions about pokemon go and we walked our way back to the Bruxelle Central train station through the European Quartier.
There were a couple of things we wanted to do, but we either didn’t have the time, or the fatigue got the best of us. But if these low-cost flights keep going Im positive we will give Bruxelle another go.