Our first Christmas Market experience was in Brussels, Belgium. It was a beautiful little city and we planned to have an abundance of three things: waffles, chocolate, and beer. But, we also happened upon some great little neighborhoods (some of which I thought we might be murdered in, but ended up being alright) and a music scene we did not expect at all.
One of our favourite things to do when we’re travelling is going on our own personal walking tours of the city, getting lost and discovering randomness. It’s cheaper than paying for overpriced tours everywhere we go and with so many cool apps out there nowadays (Foursquare, Pin Drop, EveryTrail, the city pages of Reddit or TimeOut) you can pretty much cater your day to exactly what you want to see… and on your own schedule.
Ok. Beer. We found our way through town to the Cantillon Brewery, a family establishment where LAMBIC, GUEUZE, FARO and KRIEK are made and where nothing has changed since 1900 when it was founded.
The Christmas Market itself, Winter Wonders, was a pretty cool experience. It was like Santa’s Village on crack…with waffles, mulled wine & neon lights
Ok. More beer.
A trip to Brussels is not complete without going to Delirium Cafe, which is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most brands of beer at over 2,000 from 60 different countries. Tim decided to combine pleasures with a chocolate beer and the bartender, who took a liking to him, handed over a piece of chocolate for him to eat before drinking.
In an alley outside Delirium we found a peeing girl. In response to the famous “Peeing Boy” statue, a modern fountain with “Jaenneke Pis” by Adrien Debouvrie.
It was crazy cold and raining all night, but we still had a blast and made sure to find a post box to get our postcards out. The next morning we found that it had snowed overnight and while it didn’t stick for long, it was still our first official European snow 🙂
On our last day we actually got a beautiful sunny day to walk around and enjoy the city before we headed home to London.