Brussels at least. We took a weekend trip to this
beautiful city and were well impressed with pretty much
everything! We stuck to the basics of waffles, fries, and
beer which are three things Belgium is quite noted for.
I really can't tell
you what a typical Belgian is like. We didn't venture far
from the tourist area so didn't
really get a chance to meet any local people. But the ones
we did see around seemed to look quite typically French.
Things to Know
All the main tourist
attractions are within the centre of the city which is bounded
by several large avenues into a more or less pentagon-shaped
area. There are three stations in the city so before you
arrive make sure you find out which station you need.
Even though we went
outside of the tourist season, it wasn't easy finding someplace
to stay. Most of the hotels we called were fully booked so
I suppose it's a good idea to make a reservation well in
advance. We ended up staying at the Tulip
Inn which was a standard business type hotel. It was 90 euros a night, including taxes and a
good breakfast which was pretty good value.
Things to See and Do
In the short time we
were there, we managed to:
- eat Belgian waffles
- drink lots of Belgian beer (Leffe dark was particularly tasty)
- wander around the city centre
There's a famous
statue of a little pissing boy that we missed but one may want
to check out if you like naked statues.
So we'd definitely
recommend a visit to this city as we really enjoyed it. We
hope to get a chance to explore some other parts
of Belgium sometime soon!
Yay, we managed to make another trip to Belgium, though this was
just a day trip to Antwerp.
and I agreed that we liked it even more than Brussels!
It's a great city for strolling around watching people watch
you. And drinking beer. Oh yes, and Ana reports that
the shopping is fantastic.