While in London, I racked my brain for something to do for a free day I had in my schedule. After browsing different options via Eurostar, I settled on Brussels, Belgium.
I hadn’t been to Belgium before. Plus, I greatly enjoyed a good beer or two. So, I thought it would truly be an adventure of fun.
I checked the timetables, booked my ticket on Eurostar and then booked the Historical Walking Tour with Chocolate and Waffle Tastings via Airbnb Experiences.
Getting There: Eurostar
Taking the Eurostar from London to Brussels was just under an hour. Previous to getting on the train, I bought some light bites from Pret A Manger. Combined with the meal I received on board and I was happy and relaxed during the whole journey.
Arriving in Brussels, Belgium:
Brussels Midi to Brussels Central
There is almost nothing like getting off a train with a sense of adventure. My first moments in Brussels were a breeze. I asked how to get from where the Eurostar terminated (Brussels Midi) to where I needed to be to meet my tour (Brussels Central).
Once I reached Brussels Central, I strolled and explored, looking around everywhere I could. It was incredible.
But, there was one place that was my destiny….
Pre Gaming at Delirium Village
During my first trip to Brussels, Belgium, there was only one place that I made mandatory to visit: Delirium Cafe and Village.
It was an incredible time of relaxing and waiting until the start time for my tour. Plus, beer at once of my absolute favorite breweries was everything I imagined it would be.
Meeting at Town Hall Grand Place
After Delirium Village, I walked over to meet Sancar, the tour leader, at the Town Hall Grand Place. It was a little tricky, as there are numerous tours that meet in the same area. But, once I met with the larger group, we were on our way.
Walking Tour of Brussels
Sancar skillfully walked us up and down the streets of the historical central core of Brussels.
We stopped at Le Funambule for a waffle that simply changed my life.
I cannot convey how delicious this waffle was. A pipping hot Belgium waffle, in Belgium? Incredible.
Also in Brussels, looking up and seeing a group of people casually walking down the street in honor of the beers of St-Feuillien in le Roeulx, is completely normal.
We stopped by Manneken-Pis. Similar to when I viewed the Mona Lisa for the first time, I wondered what the big deal was. Sancar went over the history of the little peeing statue. But, I just didn’t understand how this was the rallying cry of Belgiums during various wars.
We then toured the Manneken-Pis museum, GardeRobe MannekenPis. Which was full of different outfits from different countries that have adorned the little pisser.
The street art and creative inspiration was plentiful.
For our chocolate tasting, we stopped by Chocolaterie Mary for delicious chocolate bites.
We toured the Cathedral des Saints Michel et Gudule, which was beautiful.
After a lovely walk through Warandepark park, the tour ended at the Royal Palace of Brussels.
I will say that the Historical Walking Tour with Chocolate and Waffle Tastings tour was an intense walking session over the course of a few hours.
But, worth it for the history and the expansive feeling of adventure.
Historical Walking Tour with Chocolate and Waffle Tastings
Town Hall Grand Place
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