Today is the first day back after half term and the first question you usually ask everyone is “How was your week off”. Well mine was a mixture of work, sightseeing and trying local cuisine. Last weekend was the first time my wife had managed to come over to visit so I was responsible for providing 4 days of showing her what Belgium has to offer!
We had decided to stay in Brussels on Saturday night as it was a good chance to actually do a bit of sightseeing. I arrived at the airport to meet her only to find that her flight had been delayed 45min (Thanks Brussels Airlines!). Upon arrival we jumped on the train and went to our hotel around the corner from one of Brussels iconic sights “Grand Place” which looks even more impressive lit up at night.
After a lot of walking and sampling chocolates in the 100’s of shops around the area we decided to have our dinner in the Hard Rock Café in Grand Place square. Although not very Belgian for food we made up for that by sampling some lovely Belgian Beer instead and admiring the fantastic guitar wall and the view from above.
After a leisurely breakfast we headed to Tervuren on the Sunday for the “Blessing of the animals” ceremony in the park. This involves loads of pets and animals being blessed by the local priests. There were so many horses, dogs, birds, cats and of course lots of noise as well. It was certainly a sight to behold!
On Monday we decided to head into the historic town of Leuven. Famous for its University and also the Stella Artois brewery! Leuven also has some fantastic architecture and squares but is much more relaxed and traditional compared to the bustle of Brussels. There is also a very strange piece of art in one of the squares which is essentially a beetle on top of a needle!
For Michelle’s last day after showing her Tervuren park and BSB, we headed back into Brussels for a bit more sightseeing including The Comic Book Museum and The Delirium Café which holds the world record for the amount of different beers it serves! Delirium cherry beer is delicious by the way 🙂
Then of course came the hard part of saying goodbye at the airport. It was great being able to share all my experiences with Michelle and show her my new workplace but now it’s 7 weeks till I see her and my family again. I know it’s going to be difficult especially with it getting darker earlier and us both being busy with work but I’m a very lucky man who has a very understanding wife who is supporting me with my move. Until next time…