Brussels, Belgium // FLASHBACK FRIDAY

To round out my 2010 Eurotrip, after visiting Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands, I spent a couple days in Belgium. Much chocolate and frites were consumed, mostly out of obligation (*cough*).

I was fully expecting to love Bruges and feel neutral about Brussels. But how did I actually feel?

I hated Bruges. I suspect this was largely thanks to the crummy weather (rain) and the fact that I got majorly lost trying to navigate from the train station to the center of town. Travel troubles aside, I still felt like Bruges was a bit too touristy for my liking. I wanted to love it like I loved the movie ‘In Bruges’, but I just wasn’t feeling it.

On the other hand, I thoroughly enjoyed Brussels.

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I wouldn’t go so far as to say I loved Brussels, but I was pleasantly surprised by it. The Grand Place (main square) is just stunning: you look at it and think, now THAT’s Europe. In fact, it was named the most beautiful square in Europe in 2010 (the year I visited!) and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I made a point to walk through it as often as possible on my wanderings around the city.

Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She's a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond. Follow along with Lindsay's travel photography on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for the monthly Frugal Frolicker newsletter!

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