About the Photo Above: Wandering the Streets of Brussels
I love to wander; it is the first thing I do when arriving in a new place. I just grab my camera and armed with a traditional, old-school map, begin wandering around. The map is just for backup and has my hostel or hotel marked on it so I can get back. This was just one of the wonderful streets I wandered along in downtown Brussels.
Brussel Sprouts and Belgium Waffles
I went to several fruit and veggie markets along the streets because I was curious if Brussel sprouts were sold and if, by chance, they were different. Although I found the typical assortment of vegetables, I never did find Brussels sprouts. I ask a few locals and they told me, “they are not in season right now.” Next I began looking for Belgium waffles and I found several shops dedicated to selling them down near the central plaza. It looked more like a tourist thing, but I had to try one. I paid 5 euros for a waffle topped with bananas, whip cream and chocolate (around $5.50) and tried not to make a mess as I ate the yummy creation. I was told the waffles are not a breakfast food in Brussels, but rather a desert or snack item. After eating one, I’d definitely say they fit into the treat category!
As soon as I hit Lyon, France, it seems most days in Europe have been overcast and grey reminding me of what I had been told about London’s climate. Almost everyone I’ve ask has told me, “this is not our normal weather.” But, for whatever reason, it seams all of the cities I’ve visited since have been filled with days of drizzle, grey, and half-power sunlight. On the flip side, everything has been remarkably green and I now feel prepared for visiting England.
Understanding Gothic Architecture
Personally I’m obsessed with mid-century modern architecture and its clean, sleek lines which is built heavily on principles of minimalism. To me, the gothic architecture is something almost polar opposite. I simply can’t comprehend it as it appears to me to be an attempt to get as many small things as you can in a tight, compact space and give you the feeling that if the building were miniaturized it could be used for fishing due to all the barbs and hooks. What was is going on with the style and the attempt to add so much decor to a structure? Brussels had its fair share of these building in both churches and government buildings. If you feel you understand the goals of gothic architecture, feel free to give me some feedback!
My European Travel Map
Want to see where I’ve been in Europe and where I am now? Check out my map of European travels).
Hostels: $20-30/night. I managed to find a hostel for $20/night.
Food: It was much cheaper in Brussels than France. I was able to eat out most meals with sandwiches. I paid 5 euros for a belgium waffle with toppings (about $5.50)
Transportation: I walked everywhere, but the tram was $2/ride
Next: Cologne, Germany