As We Travel » Belgium http://www.aswetravel.com Traveling Tips, Destinations, Videos & Travel Blog Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:45:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 5 Cities To Visit In Belgium http://www.aswetravel.com/5-cities-to-visit-in-belgium/ http://www.aswetravel.com/5-cities-to-visit-in-belgium/#comments Fri, 12 Jul 2013 06:00:40 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=41483 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Belgium is the perfect country to explore on a one or two week holiday – its rather small size means you will spend less time traveling and have more time left over to actually explore the places you’re visiting. You can easily get around the country in a small car like the MINI Cooper Hatchback […]

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Belgium is the perfect country to explore on a one or two week holiday – its rather small size means you will spend less time traveling and have more time left over to actually explore the places you’re visiting.

You can easily get around the country in a small car like the MINI Cooper Hatchback car, which would also be a cheap option if you want to save on fuel.

Here are five cities not to miss!

Brussels – A Quirky Capital

Self-proclaimed as the capital of Europe, Brussels is a vibrant city with a lot to offer, from amazing cuisine to beautiful architecture and a lot of quirky history.

Whether you want to follow the comic strip walk or visit historical places such as the peeing statue, you will find that Brussels is a city with a tongue in cheek humor.

A must visit is the Grand Place, the most beautiful square in Europe (in my opinion anyway), and a stop at one of the many chocolate shops to stock up on Belgian pralines (Leonidas is a good place with fairly cheap prices, around €5.60 for 250g).

Ghent – Best of Both Worlds

When visiting Ghent for two days last summer we fell head over heels for the city. With medieval architecture, beautiful canals and history around every corner, Ghent also has a great city atmosphere and is rapidly growing as the country’s premier foodie city.

Combining historical beauty with culinary expertise and city atmosphere it’s has the best of Bruges and Brussels while being less touristy than both of them!

Bruges – Historic Idyll

If you visit Bruges in summer you will likely be a bit overwhelmed by the many tourist crowds filling the streets, but they’re certainly there for a good reason: few towns are as picturesque as Bruges, which looks as though it’s taken out of a fairy tale.

Sit down at one of the cafes by the many squares, take a beer tour at the brewery (highly recommended!) and enjoy the beautiful surroundings along the river.

Antwerp – Fashion Center

If you’re a shopaholic, forget about Brussels and head to Antwerp instead.

Being the designer hub of Belgium, Antwerp is proud of their local designers and the shopping streets are some of the best I’ve seen in Europe, showcasing not only local designers but international brands that are rare elsewhere in Europe.

Many shops in Antwerp have combined Belgian culture with shopping by having a café selling Belgian sweets and coffee so you can shop even during your coffee break.

A small car like the MINI Hatchback makes it easy  to navigate the narrow cobbled streets of Antwerp, stuffing the trunk full of shopping bags as you go.

But there is more to Antwerp than just shopping. Besides being a beautiful city, it has some of the best nightlife in the country.

Leuven – Beer Capital

Finally, you can’t write a whole post about Belgium without praising its beer. Belgian beer is by far the best beer I’ve had throughout my whole travels, beating even Bavarian pints.

While you can quench your thirst with Belgian beer in just about every city in the country, Leuven is the brewing capital of Belgium.

Leuven is the headquarters of Inbev, the second largest brewery in the world, famous for Stella Artois beers. Centuries of Flemish tradition and craftsmanship lie behind Leuven’s premium brews.

Take a brewery tour at Stella Artois or Domus, do some beer tasting at one of the many pubs such as De Blauwe Kater or De Metafoor, or why not take a whole workshop about food matching beer or cooking with it?

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Bruges – Too Pretty For Its Own Good (Photo Essay) http://www.aswetravel.com/bruges-too-pretty-for-its-own-good-photo-essay/ http://www.aswetravel.com/bruges-too-pretty-for-its-own-good-photo-essay/#comments Sun, 07 Oct 2012 12:00:49 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=37549 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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The adorable medieval town Bruges was almost a surreal place - with old traditional buildings, narrow cobbled streets and weeping willows dipping their branches in the canals, and as many horse carriages on the streets as there were cars – Bruges was a town taken out of a fairytale. The only thing that kept me […]

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The adorable medieval town Bruges was almost a surreal place - with old traditional buildings, narrow cobbled streets and weeping willows dipping their branches in the canals, and as many horse carriages on the streets as there were cars – Bruges was a town taken out of a fairytale.

The only thing that kept me from pinching myself were the hordes of tourists around me that kept poking me in the back, as they elbowed their way trying to get the best photos.

For some reason, all the tourists seemed very stressed, and they were all running around with waffles in one hand and a camera in the other.

With only a couple of hours in this cute town, we were moving pretty fast too.

First stop was a boat tour along the canal, which was one of the best ways to see the city (had it not been for the heads popping up in every picture).

After that, we joined the other tourists as they raced around the streets snapping photos, yelling and eating – making our way to the beer brewery.

Beer is very important in Belgium, and has a long history – today, Belgians are the fourth heaviest beer drinkers in the world, flushing down 90 L per person per year.

In the Medieval days, people in Belgium drank beer as if it was water – literally – because the water was so polluted, everyone drank beer instead – including the children… 

This resulted in 400L per person per year, but in those days the alcohol was much weaker than it is today.

Trying the many different beers is one of the top things to do in Belgium, and every local you talk to will ask which beers you’ve tried and tells you which ones you must have.

A brewery tour is definitely a highlight on a visit to Bruges, so most tourists who were rushing around had also had a couple of beer glasses throughout the day!

There was no question whether Bruges was pretty, but looking around yourself and being surrounded by so many tourists, the question was rather if it was perhaps too pretty for its own good…

(note: Special thanks to VisitFlanders for providing our trip to Belgium – our opinions are, as always, our own)

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Belgium – Antwerp’s Parking Lot? http://www.aswetravel.com/belgium-antwerps-parking-lot/ http://www.aswetravel.com/belgium-antwerps-parking-lot/#comments Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:00:34 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=37547 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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One thing we noticed while traveling through Belgium with VisitFlanders was that no matter where we went, the people absolutely loved their own cities. It was actually very charming to see how excited they were about their home and how much they enjoyed living here – they all thought that “their” city was the best […]

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One thing we noticed while traveling through Belgium with VisitFlanders was that no matter where we went, the people absolutely loved their own cities.

It was actually very charming to see how excited they were about their home and how much they enjoyed living here – they all thought that “their” city was the best in Belgium – but nothing could compare to what we found in Antwerp …

Other Belgians tend to think of Antwerp locals as snobby and arrogant, but we decided not to make judgements before we had seen it first hand …

City of Old & New

It turns out that the people in Antwerp really do love their city, but in their opinion they’re not arrogant – they’re just telling the truth.

There is a famous saying that goes “There is Antwerp – and the rest of Belgium is just a parking lot”.

But jokes aside, we could see why they liked it so much – Antwerp, also nicknamed “T Staad” (The city, another arrogant nickname), has the best of both worlds, the best of old and new.

It’s a vibrant city which is always looking for the latest trends and newest ideas, but their history and traditions will always stay close to the peoples’ hearts.

Antwerp is not as beautiful as Bruges or Ghent where the Old Towns look the same as they did several hundred years ago, but Antwerp has an interesting mixture of everything, with new and modern buildings standing next to old and traditional ones.

Proud People

The people of Antwerp are, just like in the rest of Flanders, very proud of their city and history.

“Antwerp is always looking for something new – whatever is new, Antwerp wants it”, says Rick, our guide who has taken us on a “fashion tour” through Antwerp’s trendiest streets, where there is a cafe in every clothing shop, and young children go to fashion academy studios to learn about fashion.

There is no doubt that the people here are brought up from an early age to think in new and different ways.

He explains that because Antwerp was occupied and suppressed for such a long time, people found their liberty in other ways, like design and art, something which has stayed with them.

In between the fashion shops and high-end bakeries that Rick shows us, we find out more about the people of Antwerp and their history, from their struggles to their fortunes, legends and heroes.

Meeting The Locals

We had been paired up with a couple in Antwerp through “Comme Chez Moi”, a new website with a concept to connect travelers with locals living in the city.

After all, one of the most memorable experiences are always the people you meet. In Belgium, we had met so many wonderful and charismatic people, and Isabelle, her boyfriend and their friend were no different.

It was really fun and interesting to get a different angle of Antwerp from the one you get through guides and what you read, and getting to know the people on a different level – we definitely suggest you try the concept next time you visit Belgium.

(note: Special thanks to VisitFlanders for providing our trip to Belgium – our opinions are, as always, our own)

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Ghent – The Vegetarian Capital Of The World http://www.aswetravel.com/ghent-the-vegetarian-capital-of-the-world/ http://www.aswetravel.com/ghent-the-vegetarian-capital-of-the-world/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2012 12:00:34 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=37545 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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A couple of weeks ago we wrote about some of the best cities in the world for vegetarians, and the city of Ghent in Belgium was one of them – we were so impressed with this place that we thought we would expand on it a bit more.

Ghent turned out to be our favorite city in Belgium, not only because of the food, but the town itself was incredibly beautiful, and the people were some of the most charismatic we’ve met.

The Vege Food Tour.

On our second day in Ghent we met up with a guide who was going to take us on a food tour around Ghent.

Usually, food tours and cooking courses are not something that is very easy for vegetarians, but in Ghent, the whole theme of our tour was vegetarian based, and we went from shop to restaurant to cafe to try the local specialties.

Local Specialities To Try:

  •  Neuzeke (tiny nose) – A sweet, home made, traditional, cone shaped cherry candy that melts in your mouth (but sticks to your fingers!)
  • Augustine beer – For every beer you buy, part of the money goes to restoring the Augustine monastery in Ghent – so no need to feel guilty for drinking! ;) Another beer to try is the local Gruut beer, a special beer because it uses spices instead of Hop.
  • Roomer – This drink was my favorite, an alcoholic drink made of Elderflowers, very refreshing on hot days!

Local Tip: While Belgian cuisine in itself is not very veggie friendly, the deserts are amazing – try the Belgian waffles, but don’t buy the square ones with lots of topping on them, instead buy the oval shaped Liege waffles – they have the sugar inside and are best eaten plain – delicious!

Best Places To Eat

While we learned a lot about Ghent’s quirky history taking the food tour, you can do your own veggie tour yourself – Ghent has a “vegetarian food map” where all veggie friendly cafes and restaurants are marked on the map, so you can easily go from place to place.

Our three favorite places were:

  • Avalon: An organic restaurant with huge servings and tasty food. www.restaurantavalon.be
  • Tasty: A menu with over 11 vegetarian and vegan hamburgers, and lots of smoothies! www.tastyworld.be
  • Mosquito Coast: While this travel inspired restaurant isn’t strictly vegetarian, it has one of the thickest and most diverse menus I’ve ever seen (the  only place that really comes close to it was an Irish pub in Australia we went to a few years back). www.mosquitocoast.be.

Alternative Lifestyle

Ghent is a very authentic town with a lot of history and amazing old architecture – unlike Bruges, it is also a very relaxed place, and people never seemed rushed.

But despite all of this authenticity and close traditions, we found that the people were still very forward thinking and open minded.

While they thought the tourism was good for their economy, they wanted to find more eco-friendly solutions to receive them, with tours in manpowered wooden boats rather than noisy motorboats along the canals, and so on.

Tip: If you want to explore the canals in a more quiet, eco-friendly and less touristy way, check out Viadagio – the owner Ipman is also a very interesting man ;)

Vegetarian Thursday

We were told that it was in Ghent where the first vegetarian movement began some 40 years ago, and since then they have been coming up with new and different ideas to inspire the heavy-meat eating Belgian people to try some vegetarian foods.

Now they have a new campaign called “Vegetarian Thursday”, where restaurants all over the city offer vegetarian lunch deals, and schools serve vegetarian food as their main meal.

What we have found in many countries is that vegetarians don’t go about vegetarianism the right way.

The only way to have people becoming curious is to inspire, not to make them feel guilty or anything like that. And that is something Ghent has done very well with…

Note: Special thanks to Visit Flanders for arranging our trip to Belgium.

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Feest In Het Park … Bikes & Beats In Belgium http://www.aswetravel.com/feest-in-het-park-bikes-beats-in-belgium/ http://www.aswetravel.com/feest-in-het-park-bikes-beats-in-belgium/#comments Fri, 14 Sep 2012 06:00:39 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=37507 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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At first sight, you wouldn’t think that the small town of Oudenaarde is a popular stop for visitors, but it has two big main draws that attract people from all over the world: the world famous road biking routes, and the music festival Feest in Het Park. Bike Fanatics When arriving at the B&B we […]

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At first sight, you wouldn’t think that the small town of Oudenaarde is a popular stop for visitors, but it has two big main draws that attract people from all over the world: the world famous road biking routes, and the music festival Feest in Het Park.

Bike Fanatics

When arriving at the B&B we quickly got the hint: this town was all about biking – the walls were covered with photos, t-shirts and autographs from famous bikers, and when sitting down for breakfast we shared table with the entire Australian national youth team, who told us that two other national teams from UK and USA were also staying there.

The team, along with a handful of other teams, were living in Oudenaarde for the next few months to train.

This place was a serious road biking mekka, and equipped with over 15 pages of biking maps, we were off to explore the routes.

Nathan would take care of the camera, and I was in charge of directions – this, naturally, turned out into us having great photos, but getting lost after only five minutes…

I don’t know where I get these ideas from that I’m so great at biking and orienteering, because every time I prove myself otherwise.

After 10 minutes trying to find the right way, the map was no longer useful, so we “decided” to just bike around.

You probably know the famous quote “not all those who wander are lost”. I think it’s more like “when you’re lost, you might as well enjoy it”.

I’m not going to deny that I was completely lost, but it doesn’t always matter so much when the surroundings are beautiful anyway.

Part of the enjoyment of new places is to not really know where you are or where you’re going – I remember someone who once told me that you can’t be lost if you don’t care where you’re going … and you may just stumble upon a “frites” shop that has the biggest servings you’ve ever seen..! (see the picture above!)

Feest In Het Park (Party in the Park)!

The same evening, we biked down to Feest in het park, a festival that has developed from being a small, free event for locals, to a famous festival which people travel from all over Europe to visit.

Feest in het Park is not the biggest festival in Flanders, but the people we talked to preferred it over the others because it was much cozier and had a friendlier vibe.

With the sun setting over the lake, and the ferris wheel switching on its red lights, the festival park took on that very special cozy atmosphere they all had been talking about.

Unlike festivals like MetalTown in Sweden – Feest in het park was a very mixed festival, which naturally attracted a very mixed crowd – each tent had its own music genre, from House to Reggae to Rock.

The best part was that you got to explore different styles of music, and nobody stuck to their “genre” – you would see an audience with Goths and Rasta Farians listening to House music – this place was awesome!

Not only does it bring people together, but people with different tastes and likes who might not otherwise have met at other festivals.

We had a great time, and found some new bands we really liked, which is always the best thing about festivals.

We had no idea how many festivals Belgium had until we went on this trip, and in the future we’ll definitely look into other festivals to visit in Belgium.

Note: Special thanks to Visit Flanders for arranging our trip to Belgium.

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Chocolate Tasting In Brussels http://www.aswetravel.com/chocolate-tasting-in-brussels/ http://www.aswetravel.com/chocolate-tasting-in-brussels/#comments Sun, 09 Sep 2012 12:00:24 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=37494 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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If there is one thing that Belgium is famous for – it’s Belgian chocolate. Walking along the streets of Brussels you see hundreds of chocolate shops, all luring you in with shopping windows of chocolate fountains and amazing chocolate-art. I’m a sucker for chocolate, so you can imagine how excited I was to be taking […]

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If there is one thing that Belgium is famous for – it’s Belgian chocolate.

Walking along the streets of Brussels you see hundreds of chocolate shops, all luring you in with shopping windows of chocolate fountains and amazing chocolate-art.

I’m a sucker for chocolate, so you can imagine how excited I was to be taking a chocolate tasting workshop to one of the most famous chocolatiers in the country: Laurent Gerbaud.

While talking to Laurent, I quickly realize that although I love chocolate more than anyone I know (until I met Laurent, that is), I know absolutely nothing about it.

Apparently, I’m not alone: “Most people have no idea about chocolate – they think the only difference is cocoa percentage, whether it’s dark, white or milk chocolate – but that’s far from the truth”, says Laurent, while explaining that chocolate is even more elusive than wine.

“Once you’ve tasted really good chocolate, you’ll never go back”, he says with a wink in the eye, but I know he means it.

Laurent took us “behind the scenes” of the chocolate boutique, to the kitchen where they make it all happen.

What fascinates me the most is the passion Laurent shows when he talks about chocolate and his business, and his excitement when describing different flavors he has experimented with.

It was fun to see how it all worked, but the best part was of course the chocolate tasting.

We sit down at a table with a glass of water (the best drink to really taste the different flavors), and Laurent brings us a plate each with chocolate pralines.

We begin with a small piece of chocolate, and slowly move clockwise, taking our time to taste every praline on the plate.

The first chocolate piece was nice, but nothing special – I was actually slightly disappointed, but then Laurent explained that the chocolate I just had was the “bad” one, put there to give us an idea of what the average chocolate you normally eat tastes like compared to good chocolate.

As we tasted the pralines one by one, we tried some of the most amazing combinations, and got a whole new perspective on chocolate.

I never knew just how many variables are in play to create chocolate, and to have it all there in front of you and be able to compare each type of chocolate, from South American to African cacao, special combinations and so on – was eye-opening.

I had secretly been wishing that Laurent would be wrong with his promise that I would no longer enjoy normal chocolate after the tasting, because before the tasting I was happy with the chocolate I used to eat – and it was cheaper.

But in a way, sadly, he was right.

It doesn’t have to be the best chocolate in the world, but there is a clear difference between “better” chocolate and stuff like Toblerone, which just doesn’t taste the same anymore.

Luckily, I had this epiphany in a country which was full of the best chocolate in the world, and could indulge (almost) guiltlessly in chocolate for the next 8 days, so I didn’t feel too bad about it ;)

For chocolate addicts like me, I would definitely recommend a chocolate tasting workshop next time you’re in Belgium, you’ll eat so much chocolate that you will skip dinner!

Special thanks to Visit Flanders for arranging our trip to Belgium.

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NEWS: Visit Flanders Blog Trip http://www.aswetravel.com/news-visit-flanders-blog-trip/ http://www.aswetravel.com/news-visit-flanders-blog-trip/#comments Wed, 22 Aug 2012 13:00:11 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=37408 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Right now we’re sitting on the train (w/ free wifi and breakfast!) on our way from Amsterdam to Brussels for an 8 day blog trip with Visit Flanders Tourism Board, where we’ll be exploring the best of Flanders and also going to “Feest in het Park”, one of the many music festivals that are held […]

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Right now we’re sitting on the train (w/ free wifi and breakfast!) on our way from Amsterdam to Brussels for an 8 day blog trip with Visit Flanders Tourism Board, where we’ll be exploring the best of Flanders and also going to “Feest in het Park”, one of the many music festivals that are held across the region.

In the next 8 days we will be visiting Brussels, Oudenaarde, Ghent, Antwerp and Bruges – exploring everything from the historic streets of the old towns to chocolate workshops and art fairs.

We’ve only been to Brussels before so it will be exciting to see more of Belgium, and we can’t wait to indulge in all the delicious chocolate and frites (never call them French fries in Belgium!).

Follow us on facebook.com/aswetravel and @awetravel on twitter to see what we’re up to (#awtflanders) with daily photos and updates!

/Sofia and Nathan

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Brussels, Belgium – Europe #4 [VIDEO] http://www.aswetravel.com/brussels-belgium-travel-video/ http://www.aswetravel.com/brussels-belgium-travel-video/#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2011 06:00:15 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=22485 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Brussels, the city where all the important decisions about Europe are made, I expected boring seriousness and grey suits, not random street parties to appear out of nowhere. I’m so glad that the Europe Train Challenge brought us to Brussels. Because of my silly assumptions it would probably have taken me a long time before I […]

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Brussels, the city where all the important decisions about Europe are made, I expected boring seriousness and grey suits, not random street parties to appear out of nowhere.

I’m so glad that the Europe Train Challenge brought us to Brussels.

Because of my silly assumptions it would probably have taken me a long time before I got there – but now it won’t take me long before I return …

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Proven Wrong About Brussels, Belgium http://www.aswetravel.com/proven-wrong-about-brussels/ http://www.aswetravel.com/proven-wrong-about-brussels/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:00:21 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=19128 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Assumptions can be bad, and sometimes downright dangerous  – we all know this, so why do we never seem to learn? I will be honest, I didn’t have very high expectations about Brussels. I don’t know where I got it from, but I thought it would be boring. But already when we stepped out of […]

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Assumptions can be bad, and sometimes downright dangerous  – we all know this, so why do we never seem to learn?

I will be honest, I didn’t have very high expectations about Brussels. I don’t know where I got it from, but I thought it would be boring.

But already when we stepped out of the central train station I knew something about my assumptions were wrong: We were greeted with loud samba music and a stage where people were getting their hair a make over in all of the rainbows colors.

Continuing to another square there was heaps of fun entertainment for kids, and there were concerts everywhere around the city.

It was a Sunday and the whole city was buzzing with people – after having rested at our Brussels hotel, we went out to walk the streets in the evening. All of the sudden we entered the most beautiful square I had ever seen.

I had heard that Brussels was an ugly city, but the buildings in the Grand Place were incredible!

Strolling down the cobble stoned streets we heard music. Turning around the corner we saw a big crowd circling a little orchestra.

There were about 7 people in the orchestra, and they weren’t very good musicians – but the vibe was incredible.

Soon the whole place turned into a street party. People were dancing to the music, inviting strangers to dance with them and really let go.

They didn’t care who was watching, they just wanted to dance.

The following day we realized more and more what a fun city this was, and how many cool free stuff and events they had so often.

I had no idea that Brussels was such a fun city, that it would be such a care free place.

Brussles, the city where all the important decisions about Europe are made, I expected boring seriousness and grey suits, not random street parties to appear out of nowhere.

I’m so glad that the Europe Train Challenge brought us to Brussels.

Because of my silly assumptions it would probably have taken me a long time before I got there – but now it won’t take me long before I return …

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