Brussels, please

Sometimes best laid plans just don’t work out.  Sometimes, you just have to grin and bear it.  Sometimes, you just have to roll with it.  That’s what I kept telling myself about 9 days ago when I landed in Amsterdam for a business trip and hopped on a train to Brussels for the weekend, only to have my “very reliable, comfortable, high speed” train cancelled due to mechanical issues in the middle of the route.  I found myself wandering around the train station in Rotterdam attempting to build a plan and eventually, I made it.  I kept telling the attendant “Brussels, please!!!” and eventually they listened.  Kind of.  I found another train and sort of snuck onto it and arrived in Brussels Central Station about 2 hours after I had planned and on very little sleep the night before on the flight from Boston.

I was planning to explore the city on Friday, but work got in the way and I had to take a few calls and ended up working late.  My adventures started Saturday after a phenomenal 12 hours of sleep!  I couldn’t believe it.  I still smile at the thought of that.  🙂  I did a bit of research before I left and identified a few highlights of the city that I’d like to see.  Of course, my thoughts went immediately to beer and chocolate when I thought of Belgium.  I mean, it’s Belgium!!  Oh – and waffles!  Thankfully, I was able to incorporate all three.  The city square is gorgeous and I walked for hours that day seeing much of the city and even making my way into a fun musical instrument museum.  I think the only thing I might change about that day would have been the outdoor temperatures.  It was downright cold.  Freezing, actually.  I woke up on Sunday to a snow covered city.

I came home with a gazillion photos (well, not quite, but almost) and thought I’d share a few with all of you.  If you have the opportunity to spend a day or two in Brussels, I’d recommend it.  Enjoy!

Directions!

Directions!

Cathedral Door

Cathedral Door

Belgian Waffle!

Belgian Waffle!

Brussels apartment door

Brussels apartment door

Cathedral

Cathedral

Cathedral

Cathedral

Cantillon Brewery barrels

Cantillon Brewery barrels

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Musical Instruments Museum

Musical Instruments Museum

Brussels

Brussels

Grand Place (city square)

Grand Place (city square)

Side of the Grand Palace, I believe

Side of the Grand Palace, I believe

Cantillon Brewery... liquid goodness

Cantillon Brewery… liquid goodness

Cantillon Brewery

Cantillon Brewery

 

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6 Responses to Brussels, please

  1. Sallyann says:

    Brought back a few smiles thanks. We stayed in Brugge but left ourselves a day in Brussels before the train back. I must dig out the rest of the photos while I can still remember it. 🙂

    • I’m glad I brought back a few memories! 🙂 I will make it to Brugge one of these times… and perhaps Antwerp also. I thought my introduction to Belgium should start in Brussels, for some reason. I’m glad you enjoyed yourselves!

  2. Now that’s a job I wouldn’t mind waking up for! Great images, I love the city square!

  3. Scott MacKenzie says:

    These are So cool!
    Well Done!

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