The other weekend we ventured on the Eurostar over to Brussels for a 3 night stay, I have a good friend from New Zealand living there so it seemed like a great excuse to visit her for a weekend break away.
Having been to Brussels twice before I was reasonably familiar with the city and what to expect, however travelling with kids puts a different perspective on a city.
We arrived late Saturday afternoon to a very cold Brussels but we were prepared as it was freezing when we left home. The next two days were cold and wet which in a city is not a lot of fun with two restless children, but we made the most of the situation, and went for waffles and lots of chocolate tastings!
I love the contrast here of old meets new, it is quite striking. During the day you could climb the top of the Christmas tree for a great view over Grand Place.
The electronic Christmas tree is made of steel, covered with wood and a screen. At night you are treated to a sound and light show of the Christmas tree and with lighting on the City Hall and the Kings House. It did look very effective, quite creative and modern.
Love this street art of Tintin on the streets of Brussels.
The last day the weather was perfect and we made the most of it by enjoying the outdoor ice skating rink at the Christmas markets, it felt very festive and was a lot of fun although I have to say I am rubbish at ice skating, didn’t leave the side much! Unlike my 6 year old whom it was her first time ice skating and by the end was doing fancy turns, oh to be young again!!
All in all it was a lovely break away, great to spend time with a good friend from home, and the kids enjoyed a new culture and even picked a few French words.