Brussels and Ghent

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. Pancreas 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). Β 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.

Like aviators in the cobblestones.
Like aviators in the cobblestones.
Or this view.

But we were seriously hungry so we made our way to our choice of brunch locale: Peck 47. Β Best choice ever.

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Cake please!

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Healthy start to the day – pear, ginger, spinach and celery juice for H and a basil, lemon and vanilla smoothie for me!
Chorizo waffle with poached eggs, bacon and psycho sauce (chipotle hollandaise). Not pictured: H’s selection – a truffle mousse, brie and apple panini with a squash veloute.

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.

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Grand Place, Brussels.
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Amazing new lenses from my sister – put to good use!
Especially good for selfies!
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Finding Tintin all over the place!
One of the most famous sites in Brussels – the Mannekin Pis…. which says a lot about how much there is to see in Brussels.
If you insist!
Featuring the meringues of the King of Belgium!
Had a delish Kriek at Delirium
Explored all the little passageways
Found a creepy little store full of crazy stuff like a mini vanity and a strange tv.
Meringue bombs – the bomb. We ate them allllll evening long (literally…. we had 7 minis and 2 large ones)

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 womenΒ 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 RevueΒ 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!

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Please take note of the creepy mannequin.

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We happened upon a light exhibit at the Design Museum:

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We investigated many different chocolate shops:



We found a crazy street full of graffiti:

Kinda creepy at first….

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But we still had to selfie the whole experience.

And we settled in for an amaretto coffee and waffle – as you do in Belgium:



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To say we were happy would be a gross understatement.

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!

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