02.01.2013 - 02.01.2013 -1 °C
Today we did Brussels. Yes that's right, there is literally so little to do here that I'm satisfied with our 1 day of speed walking through this city. We started off by taking the metro to Parc, walking through the massive park that is across from the Palace Royale. We kept on walking, and got lost a few times, made our way back and went west down some alleyway. Eventually, we hit the Grand Palace, which is a huge square with large old European, big, beautifully detailed looking buildings that surround it. Of course, there are many chocolatier shops everywhere.
Les and I both bought a few chocolates to eat later. The chocolate is very expensive here! I posted a pic on FB of me holding a small bag of chocolate, that little bag was almost €7.00! I would never spend $10 on a few chocolates at home! My plan was to buy some chocolate to take home as gifts, but dont get too excited, that is definitely not happening. I actually haven't bought anything this trip, other then pins for my collection. My suitcase was 21.5kg (the max is 22kg) when we left!!! I have no room for anything!! Hence why I sent my running shoes home with Candice! Lol
We walked up and down this area for a long time, it was pretty busy with tourists. We stopped at McDonalds so Lesley could experience her first McDs Euro meal! It is sooo different from home! I love that you could buy these small macaroons for 0.95€. McDs has the best coffee/lattes in Europe! At the time, I was so full since we haven't been eating much that I didn't get any but I'm totally regretting it now. There is NOTHING near our hotel! It blows!! All the food places close so early in this neighbourhood. In the UK it was so easy to buy food and COFFEE!!! Here, that's another story! I NEED a damn coffee.....just ONE that's a normal size and isn't so strong that I need to put 4 sugars in it! We found a Starbucks here finally, but I couldn't bring myself to spend 5.25€ on a tall hot chocolate! And I used to think the UK was pricey. Even though the £ is more then the € to our $ I still found food better priced in London (and the food was better! Way better!)
Okay, so if you haven't been able to tell from my last few blogs, I think boring brussels blows. I would never come back here, even if you PAID me too!! Thinking of all the places in Europe/UK I've been.... Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dublin, Wales, London, Paris, Rome, Venice, Krakow, Berlin, Amsterdam, Holland this is my new LEAST favourite place! I don't know what it is. The metro smells like urine, every metro stop we've been to has ply-wood up in the whole station and graffiti everywhere...it's beyond ghetto. Did I mention the smell of urine that lurks in the metro? Lol. There isn't much to see. I went into a bunch of chocolatiers and bought chocolate...check! I had Belgium waffles twice....check! I had traditional hot chocolate...check! There beer is 9% alcohol which is unreal...but I don't have a beer drinker partner so....uncheck! That's Belgium in a nut shell..beer, waffles, hot chocolate, chocolatiers. There isn't much to see, nothing that's famous that you've really heard of before. I went to all the big tourist spots and I'm leaving very unsatisfied. Compared to London, Paris, Rome and Venice this place is the armpit of France. I would never suggest someone come here....unless they had to. Now going to Gent and Bruges was awesome. Both very small places, with lots of cute areas and things to look at, but certainly does not make it worth coming all the way to Belgium to experience, as they are a day trip at best.
So since there really isn't much left to do here and we still have one more night before we go back to London, we've decided to add another country into this trip. Tomorrow we are taking the train to Luxembourg. It's a small country nestled beside France, Belgium, Amsterdam and Switzerland. Unfortunately it's a 3 hour train ride! So 6 hrs on the train is going to make for a long day. But we've been doing some google research and I think it'll be a fun day. And now I can check another country off of my Europe bucket list!
Well....I'm getting hungry, it's almost 8pm here. We picked up subway and brought it back to the hotel. That should taste super yummy with my chocolate later
Looking forward to getting out of here tomorrow and hitting up Luxembourg!