Our first destination of our Eurotrip was Brussels. It felt strangely like home to me because of the familiarity of the French language, maybe. The city seems to be full of young people hanging out in plazas at night while others prefer to mingle in the multiple bars of the city center. When looking at the cityscape, you notice the random façades and roofs on a same street. It seems a bit chaotic, but everything fits together somehow.
We were lucky to have such a comfortable and very hygge room in a quiet neighbourhood of St-Gilles. I spent my first day strolling around la Grande Place, galeries St-Hubert and so on. We ended up at Kanal Centre Pompidou, an art and cultural institution in the North of the city. This former Citröen garage host many exhibitions mixing visual arts, medias, architecture, large-scale installations, etc. The space, by itself, was quite fascinating to look at, where every structural elements is visible.
Another great art venue we visited was Wiels. It showcases exhibitions from contemporary artists from all over the world. The building was a former brewery converted into the present modernist industrial art center.
We spent the next day visiting the Hotel de ville, St-Michel and St-Gudula church, Palais royal and all the touristic spots. When we started to feel hungry, we decided that mussels and fries would be the perfect option. And so, we sat down at Chez Léon for a Pils beer, garlic mussels and some fries to share. The service wasn’t so great, but the food forgave the lack of hospitality.
The Royal Galeries St-Hubert is a good place to find gifts. Walking underneath these glazed arcades, a long perspective with a repetition of arches, pilasters and windows appeals to our eyes. A serie of notable chocolate shops, as Neuhauser and Mary, handmade dentelle stores, tea salons invite passerbys inside.
At the end of the day, we watched the sunset at Mont-des-Arts after a stroll around Parc de Bruxelles. During our whole stay in Brussels, the March weather was very nice and sunny. We enjoyed how people appreciate the cultural and gastronomical focus of the city. Even though it was so short, we will definitely come back for more.