Beer is cheaper than water, in Belgium. Yes, it really is. Hard to believe, but as I shared 1 euro beers with some Belgians, this is not the only thing unique to Belgium. For such a small country, Belgium packs a real punch — chocolate, waffles and beer that are known the world over. For those like me who find the consumption of chocolate to be something of a necessity of life, Belgium is a haven.
Everything you know about waffles will be shattered when you step into a pastry shop and let the sweet smell of biscuits, cake and most importantly, waffles wash over you. Here, you can find a menu dedicated solely to waffles. As there are several types of waffles and endless combinations of toppings, this can be a bit overwhelming. For reasons that I still am unsure of, my travel companion and I opted to share a waffle…this was one of the premier regrets of my life. As the waitress placed the waffle on our table, we knew we were on the verge of something life changing — something that would be the mark of every waffle to cross my path from here to the end of my days.
A short train ride from the capital of Brussels will bring you into a town that truly delights. Voted in the top 15 friendliest countries in the world Bruges delights. It’s old world, riddled with canals and lush foliage, incredible architecture, overtly friendly locals, charming shops and sweet shops everywhere, to visit Bruges is to love Bruges. Get lost wandering through the cobblestone streets, venturing over arched stone bridges, conversing with locals and you’ll find that the feelings that Bruges evokes are hard to replicate.
During my short three day stay, the rain was hard pressed to keep me indoors. In fact, by some mystery the beauty of Bruges seemed to be amplified by this weather — wet cobblestones, and moody canal passages. Now, as many of us are aware, Belgium is known for its beer. As in, they have the best beer. In the world. During my time in Bruges I was fortunate enough to find myself in Le Trappiste brewery — a cellar bar with with brick walls and lofted ceilings, with a few locals. The cheery man that came to our table asked questions about what types of beers I liked, learned that I was a visitor to the country and told me that he would just bring over a few nice ones. Five minutes later, I find myself pulled up to a flight of beers, the next more delicious and completely different from the previous.
Do yourself a favor and visit this picturesque medieval town! We’ll help you plan your stay!