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Back home, back to work

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Grand-Place de Bruxelles – Brussels Grand Place panoramic photo

My visit to Brussels was short but intense. The kick-off meeting lasted a day and a half, and then I had a few hours before the evening return flight. Since the weather was really nice, I dropped my suitcase at the train station locker and went for a little trip around the centre of the city.

I’ve been to Brussels many times – I visit twice a year for my current job, but I also used to come here for conferences and project meetings when I’d worked at a research institute in Poland. I had the chance to see all the city landmarks and beautiful places throughout the years, as well as to visit less touristy parts of Brussels. I think what I like the most is the “continental” atmosphere that I sometimes miss in Ireland, with the city structure I’m so used to from Poland, where the cities are usually built around the historical central market square, full of cafes, museums and beautiful buildings. I also enjoy the busy streets full of people from every corner of the world and the city fashion that I love to watch when I’m out. Trench coats rule at this time of the year and incidentally I took mine as well, so I could blend in easily 😉

My favourite part of the day in Brussels is the morning and that says a lot, since I’m really not a morning person! But it’s so enjoyable there, with the cool morning air, still few people outside, when you can just go to one of the many awesome Belgian cafes, have your coffee and a croissant, possibly over a newspaper, to feel almost like a local 😉

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The cobble-stoned narrow streets are decorated with plants in pots, which I love so much!

The evening option is a club or a pub, with local beers that Belgium is famous for. Personally I’m a big fan of dark beers, porters, ales and different variations of Belgian Trappist beers, so I can never resist bringing some home with me.

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Delirium Pub – Delirium beer has a higher alcohol content than most beers, no wonder that a pink elephant is its symbol!

Yesterday I didn’t go anywhere far from the centre, as I really didn’t want to risk missing my flight, so I only saw the Grand Place – Belgium’s UNESCO heritage site, a marvellous central market surrounded by opulent buildings, dating back to the 10th century.

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I walked around the Gand Place…

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Monument of Everard t’Serclaes, historical hero and alderman of Brussels. If you rub its arm, it’s guaranteed that you’ll return to Brussels! Touching it also brings luck so as you can see, it’s really well polished by the visitors.

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Of course, I had to visit Brussel’s other important landmark, the Manneken Pis fountain…

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…and his modern female counterpoint, the Jeanneke Pis 😉

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Manneken Pis is more popular, and you can buy his small figurine and take it home with you together with plush, stuffed Smurf toys, because Belgium is the motherland of Smurfs.

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Manneken Pis is so popular, that he advertises ice creams and delicious Belgian waffles.

I didn’t have much time and I wasn’t hungry this time, but other than Belgian beers, another thing not to miss in Brussels is waffles and thick fries. I love both!

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And this is a photo I sent to my Boyfriend to show him this little street filled with Greek restaurants and cafes 😉 A tiny piece of Greece in Belgium.

And that was all I could see, soon I had to pick my baggage up, take the train to the airport and fly back to Dublin, where I’m enjoying the last free weekend before the work starts for good. I’m actually not unhappy about it, in fact I feel eager to start!

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Aer Lingus plane at Dublin Airport.

That’s all from me, thanks for reading and visiting Brussels with me this way!

 

5 thoughts on “Back home, back to work

  1. This looks like such a wonderful visit! I love the pictures and your descriptions. Delirium Tremens is one of my favorite beers. I wonder if what we get in the U.S. Is ss what you have there. How fun to visit the pub!!

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    1. Thank you! I like Delirium too, but haven’t tried Delirium Tremens specifically, which is one of their beers. I can say that Delirium Nocturnum is awesome though!

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