The evening I’m starting to write my first post of 2016, it’s Sunday 3rd January. Having just arrived home off the Euro tunnel Le Shuttle after the best Christmas break/ New Year’s trip away with my family in Belgium. We travelled on New Year’s Eve for a 3 night break in the beautiful 5* Hotel Metropole Brussels. Having visited Belgium several times through my childhood visiting family friends and visiting where my Grandparents used to live I knew what to expect and couldn’t wait to go re-visit. I hadn’t been away for New Year’s before so this was also an exciting prospect!
1 hours drive from the euro tunnel in France and we arrived for an afternoon pick me up in beautiful Brugge shown below. To my joy, all Christmas markets were still up and running so I spent a wonderful afternoon exploring the town centre buildings, shops, market stalls and cobbled streets. I fell in love with the place and was reluctant to leave after my first Belgium waffle of the trip in the “Haagen-Dazs Cafe” in the market square.
1 more hours drive along the crazy Belgium high ways and we arrived into Brussels. Exactly how I remember it from nearly 10 years ago; beautiful big architectural buildings, cobbled streets and sparkling Christmas lights. Upon checking into the most breath taking hotel right in the centre of the city I was straight off to explore shown in the pictures below.
Still decorated so Christmassy I was glad to feel that my festivities weren’t over just yet! My entire trip was so relaxing and enjoyable, being a tourist around the city, exploring restaurants, shops and attractions. I really tried to relax on my 4 days off from the gym and enjoy the food that Belgium has to offer (chocolates, waffles and frites!? Yikes!). However, I was walking more than 15,000 steps a day minimum according to my Fit Bit and with the New Year’s celebrations what better excuse to enjoy yourself. I knew Monday I was back to work, routine and having a really busy week so this was great motivation for me to work extra hard having had 4 days off from my normal life.
It really added to the luxury of a city break staying in a great hotel. The buffet breakfast was the best I have ever experienced with smoked salmon, eggs of every kind, freshly baked breads and fruits on offer every morning! However, as a tea lover this site was the most exciting each morning:
|A DIY tea station with a huge selection of teas, personal tea pots, milk jugs and the eye catching hot water dispenser.|
And along side this to really feel like a high flyer I of course ordered room service (only twice). And was greeted with this:
Below I have included my TOP 10 THINGS TO DO in Belgium over the Winter months with some pictures to go alongside:
|2. Blue Skies over Grand Place buildings|
|2. Enjoying the Grand Place on New Year’s Day|
|3. Chocolate Shops!|
5. Below some of the amazing scenes from the Mini Europe; West Minster Abbey, Brussels Square, and a view from the entrance where you can spot the Eiffel tower.
1KG of Mussels at my favourite spot “Cave De Roy” on New Year’s eve.
Final evening celebrations @ The Drug Opera.
Thanks for reading. xo