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 travels on Facebook and Instagram.

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