I know I shouldn’t have done it but I couldn’t help myself. Climbing the old stone staircase to the second floor of the Gruuthuse Museum in Brugge, Belgium, I am struck by the sunlight streaming through the nearby stained glass window, landing on the steps in a cascade of color. In only a moment I am utterly entranced. I want… [Keep reading...]
Although I’m not a blonde, I felt every bit like Goldilocks sampling Belgian cities like the porridge of the three bears. Brugge was too hot. Too much activity and too many people in the city center. I enjoyed my trip off the beaten path but I’m not sure I’d go back again. Brussels was too cold. As the capital of… [Keep reading...]
There’s just something so sophisticated about the Belgian attitude towards beer. I don’t know why I’m drawn to this photograph except that it encapsulates, for me, that sophistication. It was my last night in Belgium and I hung out at the Grand Place in Brussels, waiting for the evening light to fall. Sitting alone among couples and groups sipping leisurely… [Keep reading...]
I suck at flirting. Seriously. I put the “single” in single occupancy. On the day I returned to Brussels from a few days in Antwerp and Brugge, the day was gray and cold and I’d grown weary of lugging my behemoth backpack around the country. Cranky and chilled to the bone, with feet aching from the walk from the Metro,… [Keep reading...]
If you’re into seafood, the one place you have to visit while you’re in Brussels is the famous Rue des Bouchers. Located off the Galeries Royales St. Hubert, Rue des Bouchers is home to one of the highest concentrations of restaurants in the city.
Let’s hear it for the humble waffle. The delicacy, found on pretty much any street corner in the main tourist areas of Brussels, Antwerp, and Brugge, became a staple of my daily diet during the ten days I spent in Belgium.
Quite a few people would be thrilled to find themselves at the Galeries Royales Saint- Hubert. For history buffs, architecture aficionados, and chocolate lovers alike , the Galeries are a bit of paradise right in the center of Brussels. Me? I was just trying to get warm. I was in Brussels in early March, after all, and they provided a bit… [Keep reading...]