As a (terribly kept) birthday surprise from myself to mum, we hopped on a Eurostar last weekend to Brussels to check out the Christmas markets. We’ve talked about doing it for years and finally we got some Gluhwein action.
Before embarking we couldn’t resist some cake at Peyton and Byrne, and snooping in the St Pancras shops…
When we got round to checking in, we were greeted by an amazing artist doing a bespoke ‘Christmas story themed’ piece. You could submit your Christmas story on a postcard and if yours was chosen and drawn into the artwork, you would receive a copy of the print. I thought it was a lovely idea!
I managed to wangle us some extremely reasonably priced standard premier tickets on the way out, so we were served a light lunch with wine. The food was great and the wine even better! I’d definitely recommend looking at upgrading if you’re travelling by Eurostar, there wasn’t a huge difference in price and we loved the extra bit of luxury…
We stayed at the Crowne Plaza, and somehow managed to wangle an upgrade to a suite! Featuring that all important exercise bike…
Mum demonstrating that you can’t touch both walls in the shower, a necessity in any hotel room of course…
We headed straight to the Grand Place for mulled wine, frites and a light show.
We then went for a wander round Brussel’s cobbled streets, and stumbled upon the most beautiful carousel you’ve ever seen. It was like something out of a Tim Burton film, and I just wish I could have ridden on the teeny little boat!
Day 2 started with breakfast in bed, Belgain chocolate style.
We then set out on a wander round Brussels and the markets, stopping off for coffee, waffles and pancakes along the way.
We laughed childishly at ‘slagroom’ listed as one of the supplements – it actually means cream!
Mum boldly claimed this was the best cappuccino she’d ever had. Nothing to do with the slagroom, I’m sure.
Mmmm, waffle and caramel.
Mmm, delicious brown sugar.
We found Tintin…
And the famous ‘Mannekin Pis’ sculpture, dressed rather oddly in a green tracksuit.
I fell in love with the outside of this bakery. So pretty.
This place had people spilling out in the street drinking crisp white wine and slurping seafood soup. Sadly we didn’t get a chance to try their fare but next time Brussels, next time.
We sampled some delicious champagne…
and bought some delicious biscuits from Dandoy.
We had a rather successful shopping trip.
And topped it all off with a traditional Belgian dinner of Moules frites and Carbonnade.
And a belgian beer or two.
We finished the trip with a wander back to our hotel through the lit up city.
Don’t you wish your office was lit up like this!
Brussels was a beautiful city and I’d certainly recommend it for a Eurostar weekend break (if you’ve exhausted Paris, my all time fave.)