Belgium

Square du Petit Sablon Brussels

How To Spend A Day In Brussels

Unlike some brash European capitals, Brussels is a rather modest city.  She doesn’t make her best bits obvious, she is much more subtle than that.  Both the  Grand Place and the Atomium should be on your list of course.  But once you’ve spent a couple of hours with those, here is how to spend…

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Brussels City Museum

I’ve been into the Grand Place about a thousand times over the last three years, I’ve been amazed by the stunning architecture of guildhalls that surround you on all sides. I’ve snapped a gazillion pics and taken everyone who visited us in Brussels to see it, but this was the…

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Cat Seat Le Chat Touille

The Cat Cafe in Brussels

Phil and I adopted two cats when we first moved in together, they were brother and sister (not actually related, but had been together since they were born), the boy died about a year later, it broke my heart into thousands of pieces.  His sister lived for six more years, before…

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Vegetarian Pho

Making Pho at Pho Pho, Brussels

Pho is a Vietnamese soup made with broth, rice noodles and veggies (or meat, if you’re that way inclined). I’d heard it mentioned a few times around the interwebs, but hadn’t actually tried it until the lovely people at Pho Pho invited a group of bloggers to visit and see…

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Veggie Burger at Cool Bun Brussels
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The Cool Bun Veggie Burger, Brussels

I think my favourite night to actually go out is actually on a Sunday.  It just feels a little bit naughty AND the bars and restaurants are far less busy. So it’s a win, win really. I’d heard really good things about Cool Bun and wanted to see what was…

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Sleeping Dreams Orange Exhibition Brussels

Orange Dreams Exhibition at the Atomium

This weekend we were so excited to have two very special people come and visit us in Brussels.  My Mum (who you might remember has been over a few times already) and my wonderful Niece Ella, who was coming for the very first time (and last as we’ll be off…

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Vegetarian Burger Michael Collins Brussels
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THE MICHAEL COLLINS VEGGIE BURGER

Last year Alison, Maxine and I began a mission to find the best burger in Brussels, we even gave it a fancy name; The Brussels Burger Quest.  We started strong, sampling the delights of Les Super Fils du Tram, L’Amour Fou, Ellis Burger, Manhattn’s and the Hard Rock Cafe. But…

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Chimay Belgium

BEER AND CHEESE TASTING WITH CHIMAY

Does beer actually go with cheese?  That was my first thought when I received an invitation from Belgian Beer and Food Magazine to attend a tasting with Chimay. It was a special event for Women and Beer and when I arrived at Monk, our venue for the evening, I was…

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Knees To Chin

EATING RICE PAPER ROLLS AT KNEES TO CHIN

I love not being sure how to eat a dish.  That moment of uncertainty, when you either need to wait for your dining companions to go first and show you how it’s done, or admit your ignorance and hope they won’t laugh at you. The last time it happened to…

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German Troop Grand Place Brussels 1914

BRUSSELS AT WAR 1914 – 1918

While I was eating cream tea with my Mum in Battlesbridge, Philip was checking out a museum in Brussels – he really enjoyed it, so I asked him to write about it for you guys… It’s now 100 years since the outbreak of World War One, which affected Belgium more…

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Girls Night Out at La Piola

GIRLS NIGHT OUT AT LA PIOLA

My love for La Piola (a little Italian restaurant near Place Flagey) is no secret. The food is excellent, the service is quick and very friendly, plus once we’ve finished eating, they seem very happy to leave us there chatting and drinking. It was the ideal venue for our girls…

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THE MUSEUM OF MISTAKES AT WIELS

I have a serious love/hate relationship with contemporary art.  And I’m OK with that; I believe that art should make you think and the bigger the reaction, the better the art is. Reading the blurb for the Pierre Leguillon, Museum of Mistakes exhibition, I still wasn’t really sure what it was…

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The Black Sheep Brussels

PUB GRUB AT THE BLACK SHEEP, BRUSSELS

I’m one week into my UK trip and it has been fabulous so far. Seeing as I’ve been an expat for nearly three years now, it’s lovely just seeing my family live their day to day lives and to be able to get involved. PLUS I’ve had more than one…

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Belgian Street Photography Expo at Belvue Museum Brussels

BELGIAN STREET PHOTOGRAPHY EXPO

Checking out photography exhibitions is one of my favourite things to do.  There is a great Expo on at the BELvue Museum in Brussels at the moment that presents urban photographs all taken by Belgian photographers.   There is some spectacular work here. The light coming in through the huge…

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