BELGIUM: Brussels & Bruges

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Belgium was a quick weekend trip of two nights and three days. We stayed in Brussels and visited Bruges on the 2nd day. 

Day 1: Brussels is a busy city and pretty commercial. We visited Grand Place walked the bylanes only to be tempted by umpteen shops selling Belgian waffels and Belgian Fries. Eventually, we succumbed and ordered two portions of fries, one with mayo and other with barbecue sauce. You must know by now I love fries and I died post the fries-coma I was in. They are amazing and something you must try. After visiting the Manneken Pis, the beer wall and TinTin store we took a train to visit 'The Atomium'.

Let me be frank and tell you that you can completely skip going all the way up of Atomium. Its 15 euros and so not worth it (Louvre is 20 euros and so damn worth every penny). It was a big joke as the whole place was trying to be a tourist attraction, but we could see disappointment in everybody's faces. Complete waste of my hard-earned money :P.









After the Atomium debacle it was time to treat ourselves with some authentic Belgian tap beer . We visited a really cool place, which served awesome calamari, cheese balls and obviously tap beer.

Day 2: The highlight of the day was my first ever croissant at Paul. It was pillowy, buttery and absolute delish; the first time I realized why everyone is so gaga over croissants. With our tummy filled to the brim we marched towards the station to take a train to Bruges, a quaint little town that is right out of a story book. Cobbled streets, brick-wall houses, colorful doors, handsome horses pulling vintage carriages, this place truly looked like a dream. We kept walking and soaking in the beauty of this place until we hit the street, which was filled with loud tourists, gift shops, waffel stores, etc. 
My brother and sis-in-law ensured we had the best food throughout our stay in Europe and took us to a pub he had visited, Bierbrasserie Cambrinus. We obviously ordered for beers, some bitter ballen (must-have in Belgium and Netherlands), spaghetti with meat balls (awesome), Sliced Chicken with Mushrooms, Silver Onions and Bacon with “Flemish Old Brown” Beer, Fish Stew with Salmon, Sole filets, North Sea Shrimps and the Beer “Brugse zot”(you can order the exact same thing, its that good). The portions were huge and we simply couldn’t finish our meal and ya, we skipped dinner.













someones all excited





Bitter Ballen, MUST TRY!!!
Yummmmmyyyyyy
Day 3: It was the last day and also the day we left Belgium in the afternoon. Our morning was reserved to have Belgian Waffles and Churros for breakfast. I don’t have a sweet tooth so after a few bites I was done. Loved churros more than the waffles for sure.


Belgium is really beautiful, and a short quick trip is more than enough. We wanted to include Ghent but, our plans changed at the last minute as we just didn’t feel like leaving Bruges. Our pictures in Bruges were definitely the best ones we clicked as it offered the most scenic backdrop. Even today as I look back, I can’t get over how gorgeous this place was.

Some info:

Where we stayed: We stayed at Courtyard by Marriott Brussels EU. 10mins walk from the station.
How we travelled: We travelled via the long-distance train from Rotterdam on Friday morning and returned on Sunday afternoon. 
Not to miss: Bruges is must visit and the food at the pub Bierbrasserie Cambrinus. You must try the Belgian beer (doesn't get better than this) and the fries. OUT OF THIS FREAKIN WORLD!!

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