After a long while of not traveling anywhere internationally, I was lucky enough to pick up a trip that put me in the capital of Belgium. Brussels is a beautiful and humble city full of intricate architecture, beautiful views and most importantly, delicious food.
Upon arrival in Brussels, the first deed to be done was breakfast. Across the street from our hotel was a small supermarket that sold fresh orange juice. You pick the size bottle you want, press the button and you can actually see the oranges falling, being cut in half and being squeezed into the bottle.
The best orange juice I have had in my life. A perfect combination of sweet and sour. I wish I had gotten a bigger bottle and brought it home with me.
From there we walked a few doors down for some delicious salmon breakfast sammies that I finished before I even got back across the street to the hotel.
The hotel I stayed at is Wiltcher's Steigenberger. Clean cut and modern with gold trim and a balcony with a simple view. The bathroom also had heated floors so basically I was in love with the place.
After working a 7 hour flight, it was hard to not hit the bed and pass out for a couple of hours before heading out to explore the city of Brussels.
The gold plated showers were something to look at but nothing of the room beat the view. Since I had a room at the back of the building, I had a view of other housing buildings. A balcony that I could easily see myself sitting with a book and a cup of coffee.
We decided to make our way down to the lobby at 5pm to go to dinner and walk the streets of the city. The first stop made was to get some Belgium Waffles, because how could you not? I almost ate the entire thing before I remember to take a picture of the waffle. It was a perfect combination of crunchy and gooey and cinnamon. A perfect start to an evening in Brussels.
We walked down a bricked road through some of the cities picture perfect places. A few blocks away from the hotel was a famous intersection in Brussels called Place Royal. A large round about with a statue of Godfrey of Bouillon, the leader of the first crusade, standing right in the middle. The statue was constructed in 1848 by Eugène Simonis.
I was almost ran over by multiple cars trying to take the picture.
You are welcome.
A few more blocks away and We found ourselves in front of an amazing view of Brussels. Jardin du Mont des Arts is a garden set in front of one of the best views in Brussels. The buildings against the setting sun was something I could gaze at for hours. With a balcony that raises you above the garden and the city, this is a great place to take those selfies.
The Grand Palace is a square in Brussels is a must-see for tourists. The large bricked square is surrounded by buildings with beautifully designed architecture with a fun splash of purple lighting.
The town hall is so incredibly tall that it is impossible to get the entire building in one picture.
After a few hours wandering around the city, trying chocolates and taking pictures, we made our way to dinner.
We wandered a bit more trying to find a place to eat when a man speaking french jumped out in front of us. He offered us exclusive seating for our group of eight, a free glass of wine and "the best mussels in Brussels."
The restaurant was called La Petite Maison.
While the whole place ended up being some sort of a tourist trap with a scary spiral staircase, the food was delicious. Even the though I was charged for the salad that I didn't order and the sauce that was supposed to come with my chicken entree, the meal was a decent one.
After the hour it took us to sort out the bill among the eight of us, we headed to a bar where we bonded over a crooked table with cherry beer and hours of laughing. I will always remember my first time in Brussels because of the amazing people that I went there with.
Hours later, we took an Uber back to the hotel to settle down for the night. Hitting the king size bed in my hotel room felt like the perfect ending to a perfect day.
I woke early the next morning refreshed and ready to work the eight hour flight back to New York. I had a cup of coffee on the balcony of the hotel room and read my most current book, M Train by Patti Smith.
Things on my list for next time.
Are you going to add Brussels, Belgium to your bucket list?
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