I was giddy with excitement not only to see a new European city, but to do so without a child in tow. After our road trip to Italy in October, I have begun to realize that it's going to be tougher traveling with Simon for a while. He's no longer content to just sit back in the stroller and take in the sights. So, we left him at home with Farmor.
We stayed at X2Brussels, a gorgeous B&B centrally located in Brussels. We checked in, asked for a lunch recommendation, and were out the door. We cozied up at a little bistro and had an incredible meal of typical Flemish stew and local Belgian brews.
The only problem with our happy bellies is that we had eaten a late lunch, and were very much looking forward to an equally delicious dinner. That means we weren't in the snacking mood, which is a shame when every 2nd shop is selling chocolate and looks amazing. Of course I did not say no to free samples.
We wandered through the streets. For such a short trip we just wanted to experience the city, not worry about hitting any major tourist sites, etc. So we headed to Moeder Lambic to sample the local selection. We each had something that we had never heard of, and loved it.
We headed back out into the city where we discovered the most beautiful carousels I have ever seen. It was the only moment I wished Simon was with us - because I am too big to ride the carousel. They were incredibly artistic and imaginative. What really irked me though, is that they were the same price as the carousels at the Düsseldorf Christmas markets which are, simply said, sheiße. It just didn't same fair. I want those carousels. Maybe next year.
For dinner we headed to a typical Belgian cafe, Spinnekopke. This was one of the best meals I have ever head. Ever. It was the coq spinnekopke, chicken stewed in a beer sauce. It was perfect. I would go back just for that. Enough said.
It was a great time to visit Brussels, alive with Christmas spirit. It kept us plenty entertained for 24 hours and we ate way too much good food. But most of all it was nice to just hang out with my husband, have adult conversation, and not worry about anything other than ourselves. We knew Simon was in good hands with Farmor, so we really enjoyed out time alone together. Next time...one week? Who wants to come watch Simon?