At the end of September, I had the pleasure of visiting my friend Lieseke in her home country of Belgium. She and I met in Dublin while she worked on assignment for 9 months for Pfizer in the human resources department.
While I was in Belgium we visited Brussels and Bruges and I had the opportunity to take a bunch of photos… Unfortunately I waited so long to blog this trip that some of the specifics of what we did are a little cloudy for me!
I’m so excited to share my Belgium Travel Photos with you and apologize it’s taken so long 😉
Suffice it to say we had full bellies and hearts as she introduced me to REAL Belgian chocolate, beer, art, and culture! We explored downtown Brussels where Lieseke went to University, stopped in a chocolate shop for some treats, had lunch and admired some famous Belgian architecture (near where Lady Gaga had a concert the night before!) We then continued on to the Musée Fin-de-Siècle Art Museum.
After we spent time in Brussels, we went on to the town Lieseke lives in called Mechelen and had a nice dinner at Il Cardinale (The Cardinal) where burgers were the specialty.
Belgium is super progressive…Love!
The next day, we made the trip to Bruges and did a bunch of walking. Here I admired the river and bridges, Belgium’s version of Venice. Then we made our way to De Halve Maan Brewery (The Half Moon) for a tour and a drinky treat!
I definitely recommend Tom’s Diner… Dang the food was delicious!
We visited a cathedral where they claim to have an actual vial of Jesus’ blood… Not too sure about that, but interesting none the less. The image above is city hall where people filed in and out and marriages were performed all day.
It was so nice to spend time with Lieseke in Belgium because she made it feel like home! She also is a kick ass translator- although mostly everyone there is very proficient in English. She herself speaks English, Flemish, French, and a little German..
The view from the top of the brewery was fabulous…Even if the weather wasn’t.
I’m so excited for this summer when Lieseke will visit the States!
I think Belgium would be an excellent place to live. Superior healthcare and infrastructure are just two of the many positives I experienced. It’s clean, people are respectful and hard working, they’re health conscious, and also friendly. Plus it’s pretty darn safe compared to other large cities in the US. Future overseas assignment?! Definitely not for awhile, but the thought has crossed my mind.
Planning a trip and have a travel question? Drop me a line! My wanderlust is never satisfied and I’d love to live vicariously through you