Brussels 2013 - My 21st!19.3.13
I had a seriously fantastic birthday thanks to my amazing boyfriend! I was whisked (well, Euro Star-ed) off to Brussels to explore for two full days. Perfect location! I'm a chocolate fan and I love little adventures! I didn't really know what to expect from Belgium if I'm honest, except for the obvious: chocolate. There was so much! Some of the shops had amazing decor. The exteriors were just as snazzy. The architecture in Brussels is incredible - the UK really has nothing on it.
Our hotel was super colourful. The web / design savvy of you might recognise Pantone as a colour system. Well, our hotel was part of the Pantone brand - every floor was a different Pantone shade. There was also coloured sugar downstairs (I may or may not have stolen a couple of as a keepsake..)- rather cool!
The food in general was fab too. Before going, I (embarrassingly) forgot that classic Belgian waffle. But once we were there they were everywhere. Genuinely, everywhere. Waffle shops every 20 metres and waffle vans (yep, like ice cream vans!) serving hot waffles. I also had a seriously spicy green thai curry, but as I'd had a few drinks I managed to handle it - cheers for that alcohol. On that note, Belgian beer is so much better than ours, and, ahem... stronger. We tried an 8% beast - brain-picklingly strong! One was even served in a skull mug - how alternative.
Don't I look so thrilled to be by that 'Little Man Pee' statue, aka Manneken Pis. That was an experience and a half, I tell you! We could hardily get this photo (required for comic value). There were about 100 people surrounding him at this point! Look at him dressed in gangster-like gear haha (apparently he has hundreds of outfits?! That's #fblogger status). We were a bit underwhelmed by his small stature, but it was hilarious to meet the 24 inch chap!
As for outfits, I kept it simple in the daytime. Comfort was key! It was mild enough to wear just a t-shirt at times. That stranger, the sun, made an appearance. In the evenings I dressed up my disco pants / pleather pleated skirt with jazzier tops. I also popped to Brandy Melville and Pull and Bear while I was there and bought a top from each - I'll share my purchases soon.
It was super to explore a city I'd never been to and to eat tons of food (I'll admit, my brain is preoccupied by food all the time). Anyone else popped over to Brussels before?