Next up on our travels was Brussels. It was here that Ben first learned that I am not great with directions. I can get around, it just takes some trial and error first. He was lulled into a false sense of security in Paris, where I already knew my way around, so I think that the 45 minutes it took us to find our hotel (instead of the 10-15 minutes) was a bit of a shock. But, in my defense, I had not had any coffee yet and we had woken up super early to catch our 6am train
After dropping our bags off at the hotel, finding breakfast, and fueling up on coffee, we headed out to explore the city. And, after wandering for a while and just following the steeple in the distance, we made it to downtown and were greeted with the spectacular view that is the Grand Palace. First up on our agenda was a walking tour of the city with Sandeman’s New Europe Tours. Sandeman’s has tours all over Europe and I’ve always had great experiences with them. It’s a great way to get oriented with a town and learn about it’s history, all while sticking to your budget.
During the rest of our time in Brussels, we stuffed our faces with waffles, tasted Belgian beers, saw the European Parliament building, visited an instrument museum (which I highly recommend), and got lost wandering the winding streets. I loved stumbling comic murals through the town. Brussels is known for it’s comics and has created comic book route to celebrate this history. The last day we were there, we splurged on a fancy meal at a restaurant with the best view in the city. It was a great way to relax before moving on to our next stop: Amsterdam.