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We took a bright, pink & purple speed train from Amsterdam central station to Brussels, the city where we were going to stay. The city is famous of pub food, chocolate and comics; and this is really evident if you take into account all of the street art, chocolate shops and many many sports bars. The first night we arrived in out apartment we walked down the road to observe the night life and then we walked into a pub for a hearty meal. South Africa was playing rugby on he TV, and I remember it being super awkward as my family was at the only table in the building shouting for the Springbok team to win.
The first full day we were in Brussels, we got up very early to walk to a Viator tour my mom had arranged. The bus dove us to Luxembourg, a tiny European city; often nicknamed ‘little Switzerland”. I loved the capital city (Luxembourg city) because if its unique medical feel and natural architecture. We had lunch at a Mexican restaurant and strolled through the city; looking at the buildings, cathedral and guards at the palace. There were also adorable little elephant sculptures all around the city in different patterns and colours, and I took time to photograph many of them. After a long while we drove to an old war memorial and claimed to the top of the memorial, from where you can see miles and miles of farmland. The day spent in Luxembourg was definitely one of the highlights of my whole trip.
When we explored the city the next morning, we discovered beautiful flower garlands and buntings hung around the city. We never really found out what they were for, but they really added some colour to an otherwise grey city. There was a small shopping centre near our apartment where we often explored, entranced by the windows full of macaroons, truffles, disney sculptures and nougat. We then met a greeter in a cafe´. You can arrange a greeter for free in almost any city in the world. They are volunteers who have a passion for travel and are knowledgeable about the city. Our greeter took us on a tour of the entire city, even taking us up an outside elevator where you could see the entire city. He then walked us to Manneken Pis, a landmark depicting the first ever fountain statue of a urinating boy; which has now been copied around the world as a common fountain feature.
On the third day, we went on another Viator tour, this time to Ghent and Bruges. In Ghent we toured a gorgeous old cathedral and had a Belgian waffle for the first time. In Bruges we ate lunch at a gorgeous little cafe´and went on a river cruise and saw medical houses. Bruges is named after the many bridges in the area. There are numerous canals, and so to get from one side of the canal to the other, the town needs even more bridges. There were also a lot of horses, particularly in Bruges, and many of them drew carriages.
The next day, we stopped by at Smoof, a famous comics museum, which housed a giant Smurf statue outside and many sculptures, statues and old comic books in the building. It’s a nice place to check out, especially if you have children. The gift shop is also super cute. We walked from Smoof to The Old Masters Museum where fine art adorned walls and many painting depicted biblical scenes. There was also an entire room dedicated to both religious and war art, and I have honestly never seen such massive paintings in my life.
Until the next post
-The Traveling Oyster