It’s been a while since I’ve posted, mostly due to finals, followed by an immediate departure to Europe. It felt really nice to have a vacation and see so many beautiful sights! Perhaps the most picturesque was Bruges (or Brugge), which is situated in Northwestern Belgium, connected by canals to the North Sea.
It is a walled medieval town, so the architecture is absolutely stunning and, combined with the canals, it looks mysterious and magical. We were staying in Brussels and decided to take a day-trip there, which was definitely a good idea! The local specialty is pommes frites that are twice-fried, making them super flavorful and crispy 🙂
Of course Brussels is really beautiful as well and, since we were there for Christmas, the entire Grand Place was lit up and synchronized to music. Perhaps a highlight was visiting the chocolate museum, which chronicles the history of chocolate. It includes a live chocolate demonstration and samples. It goes without saying that all of the chocolate was incredible, though my favorite Belgian chocolatier is definitely Neuhaus.
The city has a metro system which is easy to navigate, so that is a huge perk. Brussels is also home to a great natural sciences museum, which boasts over 20 complete Iguanadon skeletons! It is referred to as the Mona Lisa of fossils.
I think Brussels is often overlooked in favor of other European cities such as Paris or Amsterdam, but I actually think I enjoyed it more than Paris and would highly recommend a visit to anyone who has the opportunity. The food is wonderful, the sights are interesting, and it is really a beautiful place.