eurotripping: brussels, antwerp.
After leaving Berlin, I flew over to Belgium and spent the next week there. When I was originally booking my flights to and from Belgium, I had only planned on visiting Brussels for a few days, but I booked my departing flight on the wrong day. So instead of a few days in Brussels, it was like a week or something like that. And as I didn’t think there would be enough to see in Brussels to fill an entire week, I split up my time in Belgium between Brussels and Antwerp.
Although the weather could have been better (it rained and it was only about 13 degrees), I enjoyed my time in Brussels and ate far too many Belgian chocolates. It’s a good thing I’m allergic to eggs because had I added Belgian waffles into the equation, I would have ballooned! Anyway, I basically hit up all of the major sights in Brussels like the Manneken Pis (the boy was dressed in traditional Croatian garb, see below), the Grote Markt, the Notre-Dame du Sablon, and a bunch of Tintin-related things.
I’m not going to lie, the reason why I chose to visit Antwerp over other Belgian cities was because of the Antwerp Six. I mean, Dries van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester, anyone? I think I was expecting a lot of cool, fashionable people in Antwerp, but I was sorely mistaken. Still, it was a cool city and I especially liked the M KHA, Antwerp’s museum of modern art, and its café. I had the best sandwich of my life there and I would actually go back to Antwerp just so I could have another because it was that good.
Next up: Switzerland!