We made it! The last Eurotrip Recap!
In cased you missed it, here’s where we had been by now:
AND NOW ONTO BELGIUM!
I was surprised at how much I loved Brussels, Belgium, because I definitely heard mixed opinions. Our time in Brussels was short, but delicious! We arrived after a long travel day to catch overtime of the USA vs. Belgium game, only to see the good ol’ USA lose and hear the streets of Brussels erupt!
Here we go with our last stop on the trip!
Getting there: We were coming from Lagos, Portugal, to Brussels, which is a little unusual. The closest and cheapest way to get to Brussels was to fly RyanAir from Faro (40 miles away from Lagos) into Brussels Chareloi Airport (Brussels South). RyanAir is another budget airlines– so keep your bags small and print out your boarding passes ahead of time (otherwise you will pay 70 euro extra!). Brussels Charleroi is an hour away from the center of Brussels, and there is an easy to find shuttle that takes you into the city. You can buy your tickets online or at the airport.
Where we stayed: Another apartment from AirBNB. Great location and price! If you want details, let me know!
Getting around: We stayed pretty close to the center of the city (near De Brouckere Metro Station), so you can easily walk or metro to anywhere you need to go! You can also take the train to nearby cities, which we did.
What We Did:
Grand Place- This is probably the most famous Brussels landmark and is the central city square. It is beautiful! There are many shops and restaurants around it, but we didn’t do much looking in the actual square.
Place du Grand Sablon- We walked about a mile from the Grand Place and came upon this really pretty courtyard and church, known as the Place du Grand Sablon. There are also a lot of good chocolate shops around this area, so it is the perfect place to rest and enjoy some delicious goodies!
Mannekin Pis - This famous statue of a little boy peeing is very close to the Grand Place on a corner, very easy to miss except for the crowds all around it!
Chocolate Museum- Located right by the Grand Place. Doesn’t take long to go through, but has interesting facts, history about chocolate and a demonstration free samples with your 5 euro admission! A must see for you chocoholics like myself.
Bruges- We took a 10 euro train ride to a nearby small city, Bruges, about an hour away.
There are lots of pretty canals to walk along to get to the city center, In the center, there is a Basilica but also many pretty old buildings and churches.
The restaurants here are very pricy! It was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of Brussels, and Bruges is a gorgeous old town.
What we ate:
Ummm, everything in sight. Brussels was my absolute favorite food place ever because they had all my favorite indulging, non-nutritionist loving foods.
Chocolate. Waffles. Frites (Fries). Beer. Doner.
There are millions of shops throughout the city. You can go high-end with Neahaus or Pierre Marcolini, but you can also get traditional Belgian chocolate for a little cheaper from Leonida’s. This is where we bought most of ours and it was just as good as the really expensive stuff! Another fun shop that I bought chocolate from was Elisabeth.
There are also waffle stands all over. The waffles are AMAZING, but the stands will try to trick you by advertising “Waffles for 1 Euro!” and then charging you also for all your toppings! I was told to just get the plain waffles, but I loved the ones with chocolate and banana!!
Frites- Guys, fries are my downfall. In Belgium, they eat them not only with ketchup, but with mayo and millions of other sauces. I’d highly suggest trying out new sauces!!!
Beer – Belgium is great for beer lovers! There are shops with literally over 300 kinds of Belgian beers- flavored, blonde, dark– you name it! I tried “sour beer” for the first time and really liked it! We also went to this awesome bar, Delirium.
Delirium is full of tourists, but it is over a block long and has over 2,000 beers!
We went and had a hard time choosing just what to get! They also have a separate absinthe and tequila bar!
Doner — I was in Doner Kebab heaven. One place we went even put FRIES on my doner sandwich. Seriously, if you go to Europe YOU MUST TRY THIS.