My family had expressed interest in driving up to Belgium for the day and since Chris offered to stay home with the kids I made sure it happened ha! Evie begged to come and she was amazing the whole trip. I love having some one on one time with the cuties and this was like a mini vaca for us. We first went to Brussels to check out the stunning grand place and of course the manneken pis (who was very scantily clad this time around).
The last time we were here it was spring and flower were everywhere (read here). This time there was a HUGE Christmas tree and a beautiful Creche dominating the square.
We had a discussion about wether the sculptures were created and THEN placed or if the church facade with like one huge sculpture itself. Then we got a little crazy.
We had a yummy lunch at a cafe just around the corner, the wait at restaurants on the place were insane and at this point I would have eaten the table while waiting I was so hungry. After we walked back up to the manneken to get waffles for desert.
Evie didn’t want a waffle she wanted the ice cream that only sell during the summer so she and I just nibbled a little on Aunt Claire’s waffle. We then loaded up in the car and drove over to the Atomium. A massive sculpture in the shape if an atom that was built for the worlds fair in 1958. This stunned me because it looks futuristic for our time let along 60 years ago.
Paul really wanted to see but didn’t care all that much about going in so instead we drove the 45 minutes to Ghent, one of my favorite cities in Europe.
It was getting dark by the time we got there but it was so much fun seeing all the Christmas lights and Christmas fair still going strong.
The water front is simply breathtaking any time of day but I loved seeing the lights reflected all wavy in the water.
We walked all along the banks until we started to really feel the cold.
Then it was off home we went. Brussels and Ghent really are the perfect little day trip from Paris if you ever get the chance!