A Brussels Weekend in 20 Photos

On a warm Saturday morning, I headed to the airport in Nice to catch my Brussels-bound flight on Easyjet. When I got to the terminal, the check-in line was (literally) out the door! Four Easyjet flights were scheduled to depart within 20 minutes, so hundreds of passengers were waiting to check-in. When they say arrive two hours ahead of time, they really mean it. The flight itself was pleasant, but when we landed: culture shock began to hit.

The temperatures in Brussels were nowhere near those in Nice – despite it being the first weekend of July. As fate would have it, the one thick sweater I brought with me on this trip I had forgotten in my apartment in Nice that morning. So there I was de-boarding a plane in the open air, a cold breeze blowing, and a light rain falling from the sky! Truthfully, I didn’t realize how comfortable I felt in France until I finally left it. After spending two months there and surviving all of the lifestyle changes, I realized that France was actually my comfort zone. I know the language, the culture, and can (for the most part) avoid many of the little nuances that may take some adjusting for other visitors.

Nevertheless, I was excited to explore a unique country I had never been to, and meet up with a friend from Luxembourg. After a quick train ride from the airport, I checked in to my hotel and dashed off to the Vanhaerents Art Collection for a tour of a Belgian’s art collection. Afterwards, it was straight to the famous Grand Place, a spectacular plaza filled with decadent gilded architecture that dates to the 10th century! The UNESCO-designated site in the middle of old Brussels was filled and cleared of people as the sun came out and in throughout the hour or so I was there. I didn’t leave Belgium without trying their delicious chocolate and beer, and ducked in and out of many beautiful cafés and museums to hide from the sporadic rain!

Here is my weekend in Brussels in twenty photos:

Grand Place

Grand Place Brussels
Grand Place Brussels

Grand Place Brussels

Grand Place, Brussels
Grand Place, Brussels

Grand Place, Brussels

Grand Place, Brussels
Grand Place, Brussels

Grand Place, Brussels

Grand Place, Brussels

Manneken Pis

Manneken Pis Brussels

Pierre Marcolini

Pierre Marcolini Brussels

Royal Palace

Royal Palace Brussels

Delirium Café

Delirium Cafe Brussels

Architecture

Guide to Brussels

Architecture in Brussels

Belgian Fries & Waffles

Belgian Fries in Brussels
Waffles in Brussels

Vanhaerents Collection

{be sure to read the full story on my visit to the Vanhaerents Collection}

Touring the Vanhaerents Collection

Cafe du Sablon

Guide to Brussels

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October 16, 2016
I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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