MY CITY TRIP TO BELGIUM;
HOW TO LEARN THE BELGIAN ABC
Because of the extremely nice weather in Holland this year, I didn’t feel like
going abroad for the holidays. Besides, I already had some travelling done:
Paris in January, Venice in February, Maastricht in March, Milan in April, London in May
and Lisbon in June. So I thought: what is wrong with staying in Holland in July and August?
But when you live surrounded by nature, like me, the city is constantly calling.
Therefor I booked a last-minute trip to Belgium and learned their ABC in just one week!
The A stands for Architecture
I started my tour in Bruges, the capital of the Western part. The beautiful historic and well conserved city centre is on the UNESCO list and thus visited by many tourists.
Gent was on my wish list as well, which is the capital of the Eastern part. To avoid the crowd a little, I arranged a boat tour in both cities, which led me through the city centres and from where I had a perfect view on the architectural highlights.
The B stands for Beer
Belgium is the place to be when it comes to drinking beer. The richness of Belgium beers is internationally recognized by well-known experts, and by me as well. So off I went to all the hip & happening bars and old breweries, with names such as Le Trapiste and Crescent, where I enjoyed the golden (and sometimes dark brown) juice, sitting next to huge steel boilers.
The C stands for Culinary
And last, but not least, I can confirm that the Belgian kitchen is one of the best in the world. In Bruges and Gent I had ‘grandmothers ribbekes’, carbonade flamande, waffles, chocolate and fries. And I closed the culinary feast with a 12-course menu in Restaurant The Jane in Antwerp.
Lucky me; in co-operation with Studio Piet Boon they recently changed the interior. Adjusted seatings, art objects and a different colour palette made my food even tastier than it already was!
Once, the famous Jackson Five sang ‘ABC, easy as 1-2-3’; how easy is it for a Dutchy to drive to Belgium and learn the Belgian ABC during a short summer escape? Highly recommended!