How to spend Christmas in Brussels

What began as an awful day of missed buses, out-of-service trains, and expensive taxi rides, in what appeared to be the work of a mocking creator, we finally made it to Brussels!

Arriving in the airport was fine, and getting to our hotel by Grand Place was a cinch, thanks to the train that took us from the Brussels Airport to Brussels Central.  It was 17 euro for two of us, one-way.

The smell hits you in the face like a hammer the second you get off at Brussels Central.  Belgian Waffles..Fries…Mussels…All combined together in the scent of some tantalizing aroma that we couldn’t resist!

White Chocolate Belgian Waffle

White Chocolate Belgian Waffle

Fries and Waffles Everywhere!

Fries and Waffles Everywhere!

After grabbing some frites with mayo and sampling the waffles the sun began to set on us and the lights came out.  The beauty of Brussels over Christmas was in full effect.

Grand Place Light Show

Grand Place Light Show

The Grand Place had the most amazing lights choreographed to orchestral music.  You are surrounded by these massive gothic buildings, all with lights projected on to them, changing colors and moving to the music of orchestral arrangements.  We could have sat there forever watching them.

Brussels Grand Place in Christmas from jerednel on Vimeo.

Grand Place

Grand Place

After being mesmerized by Grand Place, we just started walking.  We ended up at another market with a massive ferris wheel and dozens of shops in, yet another Christmas market.

Christmas Market Ferris Wheel

Christmas Market Ferris Wheel

One thing we were both impressed with was the carousel.  Ashley’s words were that it was straight out of a Tim Burton movie.  My first reaction was, steampunk carousel.

Tim Burton Steam Punk Carousel

Tim Burton Steam Punk Carousel

When you make your way through the crowds, you’ll have to try the vin chaud, or Gluhwein.  There’s also dozens of beers.  The PBR of Belgium appears to be Juplier, available for 1.50 euro in many an off-license as well as throughout the Christmas markets (it tastes pretty good too for being so cheap).

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>