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Belgie.

After London, we headed over to Belgium for the day, where we were to make a pit stop for an evening in Brussels and then a day trip to Brugge, which was about an hour north-west of Brussels. I had been to Brussels before, but I was excited to show Alex around, and who can turn down a cheap “layover”! We used Megabus again to get between London and Belgium, and though the bus was mostly full, it was a relatively peaceful journey.

Brussels is known for its pommes frites!
Brussels is known for its pommes frites!
Wandered out for a late night kebap and were treated to this view!
Wandered out for a late night kebap and were treated to this view in the city center!

After a quick day in Brussels, we got up early the next day to head to Bruges. {NOTE: Because Belgians speak either Dutch and French, the cities (and signs throughout Brussels, too!) are spelled differently for the respective languages. I’m just going to call it Bruges (the French way) because… I want to, that’s why.} Bruges was so dreamy! It’s consistently ranked a must-see little town in Europe, so of course we had to take the hour-long train to check it out.

The main square in Bruges!
The main square in Bruges!
Belgian fries with a mayonnaise-based sauce!
Belgian fries with a mayonnaise-based sauce!
The countryside. How is this real!?
The countryside. How is this real!?
Basilica of the Holy Blood - where a relic of Jesus' blood is kept!
Basilica of the Holy Blood – where a relic of Jesus’ blood is kept!
Had the best ice cream EVER in Bruges. Apple Streudel- YUM!
Had the best ice cream EVER in Bruges. Apple Streudel- YUM!

Two years ago, whilst in study abroad life, I visited this statue in the city center in Brussels. If you rubbed the statue, it was supposed to bring you luck to visit again someday. Never in a million years would I have thought this journey would bring me on a whirlwind two week adventure through Europe, much less the opportunity to live in Europe and trek Ireland on the daily! I tell Alex all the time, WOW IS THIS SERIOUSLY OUR LIVES?! Dayum, life es good.

Of course, I rubbed the lucky statue again!
Of course, I rubbed the lucky statue again!

Cheers,

Monique

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4 thoughts on “Belgie.

  1. When I read about the Basilica of the Holy Blood I got chills all over! That is awesome! I live traveling vicariously through you…until one day!

  2. I will have you know your photos of fries made me crave fries, and yes I caved and ate them! I’m sure not quite as delightful as yours, but killed the craving nonetheless! Love the architecture! Hmmmm…that statue. Is that what I have to thank for this long time apart? The Basilica of the Holy Blood sounds AMAZING! WOWZA! Keeping making time to see the Big Guy! He’s got your back!

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