Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Bruges & Brussels, Belgium





Brussels

Sandwich au saumon

That morning, before we boarded the Thalys train to Brussels, I got up extra early to make breakfast - Salmon Sandwich ( seen in the picture above ), a pot of cream of mushroom, along with some toast, topped with fried eggs!

We were to take the 6 AM train from Gare Du Nord in Paris, therefore needed to be at the station by 5.30 AM. With some time to kill, it was nice to enjoy some hot caffeine at Cote' Cafe, while waiting for departure.

The journey from Paris to Brussels took only an hour and 25 minutes... yet, long enough for me to enjoy the refreshing scenery en route!


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Smooth sailing: Brussels' Midi terminal finally in sight!

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As expected, we were welcomed by Tintin promotional posters as we reached Brussels Midi - a sign of what's in store for us in this beautiful city. BUT... we had not explored Brussels first... As planned, we switched to another train, this time headed for Venice of the North - Bruges! We spent a full day in Bruges, and only returned to Brussels later in the evening, where we spent the next two nights.

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Scenic Bruges...


OMG! Bruges was so awesome! Only slightly over an hour from Brussels but this canal-rich city is so vastly different and really, really scenic! Only now do I understand why they call it "Venice of the North".

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Brussels

We had walked from the train station into the city center, exploring the city outskirts. Before we reached the lovely spots like what you see in the picture above, we cut through the city park, and bumped into a friendly municipal worker...

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Struggling to express himself in basic English, he pointed out that the tree next to us has a very interesting and historical past. I felt honored, that he took the trouble to explain that Hitler had used this very tree as his lookout tower during the war!

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Municipal worker explaining the history of this tree to my brother...


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The 'Hitler Tree'

Thereon, we explored the city the entire day. I took zillions of pictures! I'm sharing some of them here... Enjoy!

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Tintin!! *to be continued

10 comments:

muhamadakmalwahab said...

sangat sangat sangat teringin nak gi itu bruges pula selepas ini...aritu pergi brussels dengan antwerp saje...tak terfikir langsung mau pigi ini bruges...

Bitter Sweet said...

gmbr yg wahdi berdiri bukan pandang kamera (gambar 10 dari bawah) sebiji mcm model utk majalah lah..

wahdi said...

Akmal- Pasni ko kena pergi bro, aku pun nak pegi lagi pasni, sbb memula ingatkan takde apa2 sgt, rupanya seharian tak cukup kena bermalam baru puas hati.

wahdi said...

Jue- yeke? thnx! ;) model bag agaknya hahaha

Umar Arlee said...

yg "take away" sign board tu.. makanan kat atas tu free kah? ;p anyway, nice picture! wonder in which season is there..

wahdi said...

Umar- tak free, sample je nasib takde lalat hehe. Btw thnx! Musim luruh masa visit Bruges dan agak sejuklah suhu masa ni 5 darjah celcius.

Aan Andes said...

Subhanallah cantiknya bruges! And the city is very clean! And i love the flats (totally me!) and the pretty delicate doilies! Haha the flats mcm lah xde kt msia but totally eye candy the way they display it. Hmmm..ok start menabung secara serious hehe

Ps: wahdi nak ur cream of mushroooooom recipe
Kalau rajin post nnt :p

Ps: bestnya u guys travel mcm ni. Send my regards to en arep, bila dia nak update blog ;)

Umar Arlee said...

whoa i see.. would be nice kalau dapat jalan2 sana with a cup of hot latte and few scones! hehe (*berangan kejap)

wahdi said...

Aandes- hehe yes cepat start menarubg alang2 leh borong flats sekali hehe Sure, I'll write the recipe soon! Dia kata dia lupa password blog, how? lol

wahdi said...

Umar, kalau kat belgium jalan2 makan waffle dia baru 'in' hehe

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