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My top 5 foodie delights of Brussels, Belgium

imageTowards the end of 2012, my friend and I were able to take a trip to Brussels for a one night stay, taking in as many sights as possible during our limited time there. From wandering around the Grand Place to restaurants like Manneken, to checking out the museum area and a late night trip to L’Archiduc – quite simply the best bar that I have visited in a long time – we had a great time for our first girly weekend break away together.

In between taking in the sights and developing achy feet from our thirst to explore, we made many stop off’s to sample the food of Belgium. From sweetly-topped waffles to savoury dishes like Moules-Frites, Belgium offers such a range of gastronomy that you simply can’t avoid absorbing it. I thought I would use this post to share to few photos of foods that we tried during our stay in the country. Continue reading My top 5 foodie delights of Brussels, Belgium

A short stay at the Bedford Hotel, Brussels, Belgium

imageOn my latest visit to Belgium, I arranged for my friend and I to stay at the Bedford Hotel & Congress Centre, just a short walk from Grand Place and the many sights to be seen around the local area. We were only staying for one night, so easy access to attractions from a central location was the priority.

First impressions of the hotel were good; we took the metro to the hotel which was a short trip and just a few minutes walk from there to the Bedford Hotel. Despite having limited access to the map on my phone (thanks to T-Mobile deactivating the roaming function), we found the hotel with ease running parallel to the main road, Boulevard Anspach.

As we had arrived earlier than scheduled, we arranged to store our bags whilst we started our sightseeing, returning later to check out our accommodation. Continue reading A short stay at the Bedford Hotel, Brussels, Belgium

Lunch at Manneken, Grand Place, Brussels

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Mussels in white wine sauce

On a recent trip to Brussels, my friend and I were pretty hungry after wandering around Grand Place doing a spot of sight-seeing for most of the morning. Whilst looking for somewhere that offered a good place to appease our appetites, my friend spotted Manneken, a rustic-looking restaurant that is well situated in this lively spot.

Upon entering the restaurant, we were promptly greeted, shown to a table near the bar and offered the menus. We were grateful to have a few minutes to defrost and feel more comfortable, especially as the weather was particularly cold before placing our orders.

Within a few minutes, our drinks were served and we waited just a few minutes more for the lunches to be served – soup for myself (which was delicious) and moules-frites in white wine sauce for my friend which she commented were very tasty and well prepared.

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A day out in London – Olympic Houses, markets and more

imageIt’s not everyday that my younger sister is able to visit me in my adopted city of London. Nor is it ordinary that the Olympics happen to be in town. So, whilst my parents are jet-setting to Milan, Italy for their wedding anniversary (jealous? I am!) she spent some time with me in the place that I – for now – call home.

Now, I’ve blogged previously about favourite places of mine around London like Borough Market which is open every day during the Olympics. Whilst our day started out there, we soon found ourselves to Continue reading A day out in London – Olympic Houses, markets and more

Au Lotus Thai, Bourse Beurs, Brussels

Following a full day browsing Brussels and taking in sights such as Atomium, Saint Catherine and La Grand Place, I was seeking somewhere affordable and appealing to tuck into dinner.

My boyfriend and I had already decided to enjoy our favourite Thai cuisine. As we were already in the Bourse Beurs area of the city, we browsed a selection of other restaurants to find somewhere that looked appealing for our late Saturday night treat before deciding upon Au Lotus Thai, a Thai restaurant which was a five minute walk from the nearest metro stop. Continue reading Au Lotus Thai, Bourse Beurs, Brussels

Stanhope Hotel, Brussels, Belgium

During a recent trip to Brussels, I decided to stay at the Stanhope Hotel to enjoy a little bit of luxury during our relaxing two-night stay. Having made the reservation via Hotels.com we were looking forward to making the most of our visit to the city, whilst being based close to the centre enabling maximum time to be spent exploring rather than travelling around the city. On this occasion, location was everything. Continue reading Stanhope Hotel, Brussels, Belgium