We took a train to Brussels and arrived with thoughts of beer, waffles, and chocolates. After finding our way to our ultra modern BnB (which didn't actually serve the latter B), we promptly treated ourselves to some beer, waffles, and chocolates.
|the grand place in brussels had incredible architecture|
|these restaurants lined the streets surrounding the grand place but the food was pretty mediocre. good beer though. definitely some good beer.|
|found a cool but ridiculously overpriced junk/antique store.|
|more good junk|
|one of the better beer logos belongs to the makers of delerium tremens|
|the delirium cafe was packed|
|arguably the best view of the city (free too) was actually a parking garage.|
|sometimes if you don't pay attention in french class, you end up getting a haircut in brussels that wasn't exactly what you had in mind.|
decided to include a few of the detail shots we've been taking as a change of pace from the countless parkinglot views we normally post.
|supposedly the best waffles in the city, though we ended up liking the stickier street waffles more.|
|but we didn't dare mention that to our neighbors|
|and really, at the end of the day a waffle is a waffle|
|the boss is still the boss, even in brussels|
|catching a ride to bruges|
in case no one has mentioned it, belgium has three official languages: flemish (dutch really, spoken in the flanders region), french, and german. french is mainly spoken in brussels but in bruges they speak mainly flemish.
|hoofing it to our bnb with a view of st. salvator's cathedral|
|super modern design sometimes means you bump your super modern head on the super modern steel staircase.|
|our front door|
|bruges is often called the venice of the north because of the canals that run throughout the city. we often called it bruges. we're the orange door on the right|
|for fans of windmills, kevin, or lace chainlink fencing, we present all of the above|
more detail shots
|this may or may not have read bathroom|
the flanders region, bruges in particular, is known for its ornate lace work. and if that little anecdote wasn't thrilling enough for you, we visited some little old ladies who actually make lace by hand the old fashioned way, so hold on to your seats.
|quite a rowdy bunch as you can imagine|
|who says you can't be a hipster in a medieval city|
|the belfry in the center of bruges is pretty impressive though the view from the top is fairly limited.|
|we always appreciate a bit of irony when we climb a bunch of steps up a giant tower for a mediocre view|
|going for a walk along the canal after sunset|
|toms may just be the best travel shoes (unless is rains)|
|favorite bar in the city, can't remember the exact name but it translated to "a little night music" and the owner plays nothing but the rolling stones|
we went on a brewery tour at "de halve maan" brewery (the half moon) which ended up having the best view of the city but just pretty good beer (by belgian standards).
|saying our goodbyes to belgium we went to a nearly invisible bar hidden in an alleyway to try a glass of de garre, which is only brewed and served for this tiny bar|