Snapshots of Bruges // The Sights

To continue on the Belgium theme of the last few days, we visited the city of Bruges. We were very much looking to our time there although when we arrived we found it very touristy. I know, I know- we’re tourists, but even so all of the stores felt over the top and there didn’t seem to be any local people in the areas we visited. That being said, the architecture in Bruges is truly incredible and was mostly built in Bruges’ golden age from the 12th to 15th century when there were a major port specializing in exporting textiles.

Anyway- here are some of the highlights. Hope it sparks some wanderlust and encourages you to book your next trip!

Minnewater Lake (Lake of Love)

Minnewater Lake (Lake of Love)

Belfry of Bruges from the canal

Belfry of Bruges from the canal

Cathedral

Cathedral

Church of Our Lady, Bruges

Church of Our Lady, Bruges


The Provinciaal Hof.

The Provinciaal Hof.

Historical Buildings as Seen From the Canal

Historical Buildings as Seen From the Canal

Beguinage (The old monastery)

Beguinage (The old monastery)

Dog In a Window <3

Dog In a Window <3

Snapshots of Brussels 2014 // The Food

For those of you who don’t know or are new to the blog- we have left Canada for the UK and are currently on a vacation in Europe. I have shared a snapshot of some of the best place in Brussels, and here is part two all about food.

In Brussels menus are bilingual- French and flemish. It seems that in most places the primary language was French. Luckily JT went to a french high school and I minored in French in University so we were able to do alright with communication- although it took a few days. Essentially if you listen to the servers speak in french and can order of the menu they will speak to you in a mix of both English and French. In the more touristy areas they all speak English.

Our best meals in Brussels were traditional French, Flemish and Italian. There were also many Greek places- but they seemed to be very touristy so we avoided them.
Here are three restaurants we loved!

1. Et Qui Va Remener La Chein
It is located on Rue de Rollebeek the area all of our favourite restaurants are located since it was recommended by our wonderful host and didn’t disappoint. This restaurant is fairly traditional french and seemed to be packed with locals. I would suggest the filet mignon as it is reasonably priced and absolutely delicious.

2. For Italian food, we fell in love with Bocco D’ora. Unfortunately they do not have a website but the service was amazing and JT and I both got “the special”. It is the most amazing veal parmesan, but they do call it something untranslatable. Just ask for it as it is not on the menu (we saw the locals eating it). The sauce is the most amazing and totally makes the dish. I am hungry just thinking about this dish.

3. The third must try place for lunch (or even breakfast) is Le Pistolet. We were told by our host that is is very authentic Belgium food and we loved it. The staff were lovely and very accommodating and proud of their food, and the local Belgian beer they served. We will definitely head back if we can!

So there you have it- three amazing restaurants to keep away your “hanger” in Brussels!
I’m curious, have you been to Brussels? Any recommendations for our next trip?

Snapshots of Brussels 2014 // The Sights

Hello!
I know I have been the worst blogger- moving overseas took a lot of time and energy and unfortunately my blog suffered. I am happy to report that as of this minute all of our things are packed and in the UK and we are on vacation, finally! We have just left Brussels and let me tell you, we absolutely loved it and are already starting to think about when we might have the chance to go back.

If Brussels is not high on you bucket list, I must urge you to rethink it because it was completely awesome. It is not as touristy as we thought, but rather filled with amazing architecture, a blossoming art scene, and or course lots of beer and chocolate, what more could you ask for?

Here are the top attractions we checked out while in Brussels:

1. Le Grand Place
This is simply amazing. We went during the day and night to check out this stunning square and it was well worth it. There are a few museums within the square itself. I would advise you skip the beer museum and head to the museum of Brussels instead. There is also a great Tourist information centre if you need any help.

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Le Grand Place

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Le Grand Place

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Le Grand Place

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Le Grand Place

2. Le Palais de Justice
We stumbled upon this and as you can see from the pictures it is absolutely incredible and massive. Honestly, probably my biggest “must-see” in Brussels.

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Le Palais de Justice

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Le Palais de Justice

3. Parc du Cinquantenaire
We walked a pretty long way to get to this park and my was it ever worth it. Perfectly manicured gardens lead of to a brilliant archway. Inside the buildings past the arch you will find a modern art museum and a pretty neat military history museum complete with many airplanes. Beware- this museum has few english translations .

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Parc Cinquantenaire

4. Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
This Cathedral is important in the history of Brusells, however it is not as ornate as one might imagine. That being said the interior is quite beautiful and definitely worth checking out.

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Cathedral

5. Europian Parliament
Seeing the EU parliament was one of the main reasons that we decided to visit Brussels and it wasn’t as exciting as I’d imagined. On certain days visiting hours are very limited and they seem to be closed most of the time. The building that houses parliament is massive, and a stark contrast to the rest of Brussels architecturally.

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European Parliament

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Leopold Park (very close to EU parliament)