Reading my blog, you may have noticed that I sometimes “write with an accent”, and if you have read my About Page, you know I’m a French Canadian. It will be my first trip in a French speaking country and I must say that I can’t wait to speak my native language with people there.
It will be a short one week trip in Belgium, but I think this country is perfect for this length. Just enough time to explore more than Brussels, and not too much time to gain 10 lbs eating all the chocolate. Ahah!
Here’s the list of towns I’ll explore in Belgium:
Brussels will be my base camp since I have a friend who live there and he’s kind enough to let us stay at his apartment in exchange of maple sirop, caramel grenache and Tim Bits. Yeah, that’s what he’s missing from Quebec!
So, no need to find accommodations, which is a huge budget relief.
Of course, I’ll visit the Grande Place, the Atomium and the Manneken Pis, but the number one thing I want to do in Brussels is to visit the Magritte Museum. I’m a fan of this painter since high school! I only saw one of his painting at the MET in New York and I almost cried. Really, a boys band or a painting from Magritte is the same battle for me.
No need to say that a lot of beers and chocolate will be involved too.
Second largest town in Belgium, I heard Antwerp is THE place to drink the best beers. I think all Belgium is THE place but… we’ll see.
I’ll have the chance to practice some German there.
There’s a lot of reason why I want to visit Ghent.
First, its “Veggie Thursday”! Every Thursday since 2009, schools, public services and restaurants offer vegetarian meals to help reduce the meat intake and help reduce pollution. I like the idea and I’ll do my best to be in Ghent this day of the week!
Second, the street art! The street artists of Ghent are world reknown and there’s a 7km walk tour to discover the best spots.
Brugge is one of the most photographed place in Belgium. No wonder when you look at its beautiful typical houses and Rozenhoedkaai. I’ll use my time in Brugge to explore the possibilities of my brand new camera, the Olympus E-M10. I can’t wait to share these photos with you!
My friend Pascale from the blog Scouich (in French), told me that I absolutely cannot go to Belgium without visiting Liege. Its lively artistic and cultural life brings a young energy to the town and makes it a must-see when you go to Belgium.
Also, here’s what you see on Pinterest when you search for “Liege”. I think this is a strong enough argument.
And, as usual, I keep free time to creativity and discoveries along the road! If the weather is on our side, we’ll go to the beach in Ostende. Yay!
*Photography at the top by faungg’s photos (Creative Commons)
Have you already been to Belgium? What is your favorite place?