Chocolate, Waffles, & Beer
Amazingly I somehow managed to catch my train from London to Brussels. I had planned to leave the apartment around 5am, catch the tube to the train station, and actually be there a few minutes early. Well plans change, especially that early in the morning. I got to the tube station around 5:20, and to my surprise, it was still closed. This was not good. I walked around the block and was forced to catch a taxi to the train station. This worked out well since there was no traffic. Thinking back on it, there’s no way I would’ve made it on time if I have of taken the tube. I arrived about 5 minutes before my train left, checked in, hopped on, and 2 hours later I was in Brussels.
About 10 minute after I arrived in Brussels, I caught a connection to Bruges. I decided to do this since I had to end up back in Brussels to take the train to Paris anyway.
Bruges was pretty amazing. The strange thing, though, was that every day I was there it rained until about 3:00 in the afternoon, then the sun came out and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Belgium can be summed up in 3 words, as the title of this post implies: Chocolate, Waffles, & Beer. Right outside the main square (I believe it was called Markt Square), there’s a chocolate shop called Dumon. There’s is probably 1,000 chocolate shops in the city of Bruges, but I thought I’d give this one a shot. It was owned by a very nice older woman and what looked to be her daughter. I only bought 2 pieces at first just to test it out. I got one raspberry and one tirimisu. Both of these turned out to be the best chocolate I think I’ve ever had! So 5 minutes after I left the store I returned for a second round and got a variety box with 15 or so different kinds included. After the chocolate excursion, it was time for an authentic Belgian waffle. I stopped at a little cafe and here’s what I got.
It was amazing though because about 3 minutes after the waitress put this down in front of me, it looked like she hadn’t brought it yet.
Ok, so with 2 down and 1 to go, I had to try some of the world-famous Belgian beer. I was not disappointed. There’s a beer shop called 2Go that has a cellar in the basement of the shop with 750 different kinds of beer!! That’s basically every beer brewed in Belgium. I bought 3 or 4 different kinds to try and they were really cheap as well, I think only about 2 euros a piece. I had strawberry beer (good), peach beer (amazing!), chocolate beer (disgusting!), then a couple other normal beers that were pretty good. My hostel also had about 50 kinds of Belgian beer on tap, so I tried a few of those, too. By the middle of the afternoon, I was the happiest person in the world. Then the sun came out and I was able to get some good shots of the city.