A trip to Belgium in the winter

Belgium Brabo fountain

Belgium Brabo fountain

A trip to Belgium in the winter – Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels. For the first time, I had a desire to visit Belgium or Bruges, when I watched the film with Colin Farrell “In Bruges” and if I had to be honest then I did not know about the city, and Belgium as a tourist destination seemed terribly dull! But I started to be interested in this country, and it turned out that there was also something to see there. Anyone who knew that we were going to get there was asking, “Well, why in Belgium?” (just like in the movie and we were answering “Well for Bruges!” We were only traveling for four days, but I decided that we could dedicate it to a separate city every day, so Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent and Brussels were set in. 3 nights in Bruges and 1 in Brussels We must have chosen the most inappropriate season for Belgium – the winter, but the time was downstairs with us, we landed at Charleroi in a terrible fog It was a very strange feeling – it feels that we will touch every moment the runway, and you do not see anything underneath. From Charleroi to Brussels we were traveling by car.

We were in a terrible clutter, for the first time I saw such a traffic jam on the long-distance road, there was torrential rain, it was very depressing at all. “Stud stuffs, but it rains me all day …. I did not imagine it thus!  We had decided from Brussels to catch a train for Antwerp and first look at it.

Bruges Cathedral

Bruges Cathedral

By the way, I very much like how rail transport is built in Belgium. The trains are at most half an hour, not to mention that if there is a shorter distance there is even 10 minutes even. From Bruges to Ghent there were trains literally 10-20 minutes. I also like that there are no lessons on the tickets you catch, you want a train! And so we arrived in Antwerp and we left the luggage at the station, which is very beautiful :)! We went for a walk, first it was interesting to see the streets with diamonds near the train station. They say that around the three streets of Hovienniestraat, Vestingstraat and Rufstraat pass 80 to 100 of the diamonds in the world. Well honestly, I do not know what I expected, but they did not impress me much, I expected them to be much shinier in the interest of the truth. Then we went to Meir Street, Antwerp’s main shopping street … … and we reached Grote Markt, in the middle of which is the Brabo fountain.

Here is the building of the town hall, which was built between 1561 and 1565. Close to the square is Castle Het Stein Castle. Elected between 1200 and 1225, the castle is today considered the oldest building in this Belgian city. At that time the palace is known simply as the castle of Antwerp. After a major overhaul and expansion of the medieval fortress in 1520 during the reign of Carl V, it began to be called Het Stein, which literally translated “The Rock.” Despite the unpleasant weather, Antwerp turned out to be a very nice city :), we were able to see it for about 4 hours with 2-3 short breaks in the restaurants to get some fun. In Bruges we arrived at 6 o’clock in the evening, it was raining. We had some tricks with the discovery of the apartment we had rented, but we did it in the end. Once we got here, we went out to look at the center – that Bruges really is incredible – I really felt like I was back a few centuries back. The second day we set him up for Bruges.

Brussels Grand place

Brussels Grand place

The weather changes at least 10 times, then it rains, the sun shines, not to forget the wind, of course. We went to the Belfort to see the city from above. We stood for a moment when it was not raining, and we went to ride a boat on the canals. Really great experience, just for 8 euros in half an hour. During the walk we were explaining what was first in Flemish, then thank God in English!

We went to Minotour Park, where there are swans. In Bruges there is a restaurant where there are surely about 200 kinds of Belgian beers called The Beer Wall. I was impressed by the fact that every kind of beer has its own cup! There are no such movies to order Zagorka and bring you a glass for Kamenitsa :)! I forgot to mention that beer is just great. One evening I tried the famous Waterzooi de Poulet – a traditional Flemish dish. It was nothing special – a simple stew – chicken with potatoes for 18 euros:) …. The view from the restaurant was towards the Belfort tower (and that probably justified the price.)

town hall building

Belgium town hall building

On the third day we visited Ghent, and I would like that town very much, if it was not the whole center of the excavations, it was unreal – these old cathedrals, and among them workers and excavators – it bitterly ruined my feelings from the city.
We also went to Gravensteen Castle
We left for Brussels the last day. This was the city I expected the least, and honestly, if our flight was sometime after noon, we probably would not have looked at it at all.



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