Beer, Frites, Waffles, and Beer. Belgium at its Finest.
Once upon a time, in a far away land, there was a bar. And not just any bar, a bar with the award for most beers available for commercial sale in the entire world. Where was this bar you asked? Well, it was in the most glorious place for beer lovers in the world, Belgium.
|Happy Men on Beer; Obviously when its 20 proof|
This trip began on the Eurostar to Brussels, which is without question the most convenient way to travel. It was a door to door trip from our flat door to central Brussels in just over three hours. Taking a plane wouldn't been almost double the time and probably double the price when factoring in all airport transfers. Our first stop on the trip was technically Antwerp, but since we just landed in Brussels we decided to make a quick pit stop for a couple beers and, obviously, a waffle. My first Belgian waffle was technically a Liege, which is much more dense and sweet than the traditional waffle, and of course it helps if it is also covered with chocolate and strawberries.
|Lunch #1: Deliciousness.|
|Lunch #2: Cheesey Delight|
|The Antwerp Train Station......what?|
The next morning, we checked out a Thai festival in the middle of the city before boarding the train to the medieval romantic town of Brugge. The city became idolized (in many ways) after the movie In Brugge staring Colin Farrell came out. Most of the tourist books insinuate that despite Brugge being a tourist trap, it truly is as beautiful as the pictures. Well, this is absolutely true. It does blow you away how a small town can be in such pristine shape.
We were staying in the rather cheap Lybeers Travellers Hostel during our time in Brugge, and upon arriving we were informed that because of construction issues, we had to stay in a 5 bed dorm. Fine. We can deal with that. What we can't deal with is the fact that the hostel was not complete. It was still under construction with power tools sitting next to the door of our room. If we had been staying there any longer than one night, this would not have been acceptable. After being slightly annoyed at this incident we went on a tour of the local brewery, Des Halve Man, which served a few of the best beers we had during our time here. After the brewery tour and a few more over-proofed beers, we did what any sane people would do. Tracked down another waffle and some frites.
We ended up t' Brugs Beertje, one of the coolest bars we went to during our time in Belgium. It was relatively quiet and down an allyway serving all of the best beers Belgium had to offer, and given that it was only 3 in the afternoon and we had already done most of the things we came to do, we tried about 8 different ones. The rest of the night is a bit hazy, however we did go for dinner at a not too impressive tourist restaurant that doesn't even deserve a mention.
|Yes, these are on Matt's leg.|
"What should we have for dinner? Its our last night here."
"I dont know we should have something Belgian at one of those cute restaurant don't you think?"
"Well, La Plaka looks pretty good..."
"Yeah... But we should walk around a bit right?"
"Yeah your right"
~20 minutes later and one walk around the block~
"One more delirium and then lets decide where to go"
|I would like to stress how good this meal was!|
The next morning, we had one last walk around the city before grabbing a delicious lunch of mussels, or moules. We had been waiting for the Belgian mussels the whole time we were there and were glad we could finally try them. It was a great deal, 500g of mussels, frites and a beer for 15.00 Euro. The perfect end to a Belgian weekend.