Travel// Brussels

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The water front is simply breathtaking any time of day but I loved seeing the lights reflected all wavy in the water.

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We walked all along the banks until we started to really feel the cold.

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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!

Cheers!

Kelly

4 Responses to Travel// Brussels

  1. Dasha 01.14.14 at 9:56 pm #

    Your travel posts make me want to come live with you. :) I love looking at all the pictures of all your travels! And it’s even better when you have your family with you (or awesome friends, wink wink).

  2. Evy 01.15.14 at 9:29 am #

    As a Belgian I also recommend Antwerp and Ypres. I love reading about all the places you visit and where your husbands work leads your family.
    Best wishes for 2014!

  3. Lindsay 01.20.14 at 11:54 pm #

    I lived in Belgium as a nanny 12 years ago, and this post is REALLY making me miss it!!! Your family is so blessed to get to travel to such beautiful places!

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  1. 10 Easy short trips from Paris | Wild Wandering - 06.18.14

    […] 1. Ghent, Belgium: To me Ghent is one of the most underrated cities in Europe. I had never even heard of it before we arrived. At just under 3 hours you will get a lot of the beauty you would find in Amsterdam with out the long trip and higher prices. The city is littered with beautiful historic buildings all running along the gently flowing canals. During the spring and summer you can ride a boat through the canals while enjoying a big plate of warm pancakes or waffles (a personal favorite). Rent a bike and cruise along the cobblestone streets ducking into any of the little shops oozing with charm.  To read about one of our trips to Ghent click HERE […]

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