I got to spend my whoooooole weekend with my work bestie in Belgium – which was a fabulous way to end my extended birthday week. I hopped, skipped and jumped onto the Eurostar at London St. Pancr
eas and within 3 episodes (Revenge, Scandal and Stalker, duh), I was in Brussels!
We spent Friday night sipping bubbles and chatting away until the wee hours of the morning – you would have thought that we had been apart for years (it had been a ten days). We had the most wonderous lie in on Saturday morning before getting up, getting motivated and, most importantly, getting brunch.
We walked past the Royal Palace (wait, Belgium has a king and queen?! oh….) and sauntered into the downtown area, finding little treasures along the way.
But we were seriously hungry so we made our way to our choice of brunch locale: Peck 47. Best choice ever.
The inside was steamy warm, fogging up the windows – the food was AMAZING – the drinks were fabulous and the service was sweet and swift. As it was already mid-afternoon by the time we emerged from our heavenly food cocoon, we decided to have a wander around the city and see what we could see.
We headed back to H’s apartment (stocking up on cheese, bread and meringue bombs on the way) and settled in for a night in watching movies and gossiping like
two old women we always do.
On Sunday, we got up (relatively) early (alright, it was like 10ish) and made our way by train to Ghent for a little day trip! Ghent is only about 30 minutes outside of Brussels. When we arrived in Ghent, we were cold, hungry and it was pouring… bad start… so we followed the signs to “Centrum” which we assumed was center of the city and not local dump. We walked for quite some time (and both admittedly worried that a day trip to Ghent was a mistake) but then we happened upon the cutest restaurant – heat and food!
We sat at the bar at Revue and looked at the menu…. all in Dutch. We asked the waiter to explain what was on the “toasts” – we had three choices: (1): no longer available (2): “raw meat like tartare” (3): cheese on bread – oh and a special – “mushrooms”. Considering we had no idea what to expect, H ordered the mushroom special and I, of course, ordered the cheese. I expected some sort of melty cheese on bread – instead I got a sort of fromage frais (cold cream cheese) with radishes. Surprisingly delish. H raved about her mushrooms on toast which were amazing. Before heading out into the cold, we topped off our lunch with a coffee and complimentary chocolate (which was one of the best chocolates I have ever had).
We finally made it to the Cetrum and it was gorgeous!
We happened upon a light exhibit at the Design Museum:
We investigated many different chocolate shops:
We found a crazy street full of graffiti:
And we settled in for an amaretto coffee and waffle – as you do in Belgium:
After the waffle, we headed back towards the train station along the little canals:
Obviously, we stopped along the way to pick up pate, rilettes, more bread and more cheese before heading back to Brussels.
As with all good things, our girls weekend away had to come to an end and I left early early early Monday morning to head back to London (and work). Amazing how before 9am on Monday morning, I had been in three different countries – thank you Europe and your efficient transportation!