Somehow Brussels always escaped me in my prior lives in Europe but finally got to see the city – well, a little part of the city, during this work trip. Someone told me that I would love it because it is just like Vienna. It’s not just like Vienna, unless it’s maybe just like Karlsplatz but it was nice to see.
I wasn’t there long enough to figure out where the hip and the classic are, and work kept me occupied most of the time but here are a few shots from around town via iphone on the couple of walks I managed to squeeze in during the evening hours. Also, lots of chocolates to be had on every street corner but if you find yourself in Brussels, definitely make a little stop at Pierre Marcolini for dark chocolate to swoon for and melt in your mouth macaroons that specialize in caramel fillings. Definitely will be stopping there again.
Also for the first time I got to ride the Eurostar. Pretty cool – the trian car could have been a little less stinky but otherwise, London to Brussels in two hours, what’s not to love? Why they haven’t figured that out on this NorthEast corridor line is beyond me – just took the Acela to NYC and thought I would have to take a triple dose of dramamine. Perhaps it’s on Amtrak’s to do list.
|All abord the Eurostar.|
|French autumn countryside whizzing by.|
|Okay, so this reminds me a little bit of Vienna.|
|And this one too…|
|I think I need to have custom printed hunting invitations too.|
|A classic European birth announcement – so different from ours.|
|Darling and unaffordable children’s outfits at Bonpoint.|
|Love that the grand old flag always seems to find it’s way into even the most European of European brands.|
|Looking for a little something for diplo-baby.|