Vibrant buildings in Bruges’ Markt, or Market Square.
In March, I visited Brussels, Bruges and Ghent with my mom, step-dad and sister. The beer was amazing, the food was delicious, and the architecture was beautiful. We ate Belgian waffles, toted around cones of frites, and enjoyed practicing both our French and Dutch. We learned Belgium is split into Dutch-speaking and French-speaking areas. Brussels, as the capital, is considered a “neutral” zone, where both languages are spoken. (For example, police officers in Brussels always work in pairs: One must be a French-speaker and the other must be a Dutch-speaker.)
While the weather was chilly and rainy, we loved our visit — Bruges especially. Here are some of my favorite photos from our trip.
Next to a not-at-all-creepy statue of frites, one of Belgium’s most popular street foods.
Brussel’s Grand-Place by night.
Lights on Grand-Place buildings.
Bonjour, Belgian waffle!
One of Brussels’ many spots for Belgian beer.
Bruges’ Market Square.
This helpful snail wants you to watch out for school children.
Bruges is full of pretty canals and old stone bridges.
Our friend Jenna enjoying Bruges.
Statue of Jan Van Eyck, the famous Dutch painter from Bruges.
Emily made a friend.
The Begijnhof, an originally medieval cloister, is still inhabited by nuns to this day.
A quaint door in the Begijnhof.
The Gravensteen, Ghent’s Middle Age-era castle.
Ghent from the castle.
One of the city’s many beautiful squares.
Sint-Baafskathedraal, or Saint Bavo’s Cathedral.
View of Ghent’s canals in the evening.
It’s beautiful here!
Have you been to Belgium? Which cities did you visit?