After an auspicious start, a bus journey plagued by accidents on the motorways and meaning that I got to the Eurostar terminal with literally 5 minutes to spare before I jumped on the train it was a quiet journey along the Highspeed track and a reassuring redress in the balance of the holiday.
Le Neufchatel, Bruxelles – A very nice off-centre city hotel and a comfortable start to the travelling with simple yet interesting decoration.
The first ‘bought’ morning coffee of the trip, noteworthy because when it was made the guy that made it didn’t need a stencil for the pattern…an impressive trick I thought.
Then a walk past the most random shop I have passed in a while, a blue gorilla and an animal fur print pet bed!
The Palace of Justice – in the process of some structural work by the looks
Egmont palace – has a beautiful park open to the public for picnicking and
they also have a café should you so wish to have a coffee
Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon A wander round the centre of town produces pictures of the main square and various other random shops/museums
One off the bucket list, a dinner of moules et frites washed down with (a few too many retrospectively) Belgian beers and a near trip to a local gig which was somewhat impeded by the allure of beer and people watching.
Belgium was a nice start to the holiday although the trilingual issues with street names and map reading somewhat alluded me coupled with the Belgians not being as friendly as expected marred the overall experience, I think it would be best to return with other hapless people in tow to enjoy the experience more