I’ve got major post-holiday blues right now, I’m already planning my next trip away. I took a weekend trip to Brussels, Belgium with my best friend Fliss, returned yesterday and it was so lovely! Shame that I had to return back to normality today…
Thursday evening, we travelled to London to spend the night before getting on the Eurostar the following day. I love London, going there properly for my next trip actually. Eeeeeeeee, I was just super excited to be away from an office desk! Check it out, we got complementary fruit & macaroons in the hotel room, mmmm. >>>
If you’ve never been on the Eurostar before, add it to your bucket list. It’s brilliant, it’s kind of like a mini airport at St. Pancras but then you get on the train, go through a quick tunnel, and before you know it, you’re in France. Then, you’re in Belgium half an hour later! When we arrived in Brussels, I was super excited! I’ve read that Belgium has fantastic architecture and I knew we didn’t have loads of time so I wanted to get out there and see the local sights. Grand Place is the central area of Brussels in a square shape surrounded by very regal-like buildings, it’s beautiful. The tallest building can be spotted from most of Brussels and it reminds me of a Disney palace. It’s very dreamy.
We just continued to walk around and admire everything and took a few photos. There’s lots of stunning buildings and every five minutes or so, there’s a smell of chocolate and sugar and everything sweet as you pass the Belgian cafes and waffle stands. I also ate my first ever Belgian waffle about an hour after being there… and had plenty more throughout the duration of the trip. They taste incredible, you can get them with a light dash of icing sugar or go all out with fruit, whipped cream and melted chocolate. Why can’t we get these in England?! Hm, now that’s a potential business plan.
This was our only full day in Belgium. We took a day trip to Antwerp via train so we could go to the zoo and see more of Belgium’s architecture. Even the train station is beautiful. I definitely recommend visiting Antwerp zoo if you get the chance, some of the enclosures are a little on the small side but it’s nicely built and it’s the first time I’ve ever seen king penguins. See below for lots of adorable animal pictures.
After the zoo, we took a little wander around the city and discovered a castle with a statue of a giant and an even more giant hand. Derp, my face in that middle picture. I was trying to do the whole scared look, haha.
We returned to Brussels that evening to sample the Belgian beer (cherry flavoured!) and to check out Belgian nightlife at the bar called Delirium. Fruity beer is so nice! Try it, even if you’re not a beer drinker, because I certainly am not. The closest I can compare it to is Kopparberg and Rekorderlig cider but with a beery aftertaste. Obviously, if you are a beer drinker, you’ll be in heaven. I then tipsily admired the tall Grand Place building for the final time, it just made me feel all magical and happy.
Noooooo, we had to leave quite early on Sunday unfortunately. Eurostar back to London and then back up to York and got home feeling like I haven’t even been anywhere. I guess I’m going to have to return someday, there’s a comic book museum and lots of quaint vintage shops I didn’t get time to see. Plus, those Belgian waffles are heavenly, I couldn’t bare to think that I’ll never taste those again! One day Belgium, I shall return to you.