11.01.2013 - 11.01.2013 -1 °C
Up early this morning for our early train to Brussels. Luckily we looked at the tickets last night and realised that we were leaving from a different train station to the one we arrived at. This was good because it was a direct trip on the Metro. We arrived at the station with time to spare and found the section of the station that we needed to be at before setting off to find some breakfast to eat on the train. Pastries secured for breakfast and we set up shop in front of the information board to find out what platform we would be leaving from. The board was really cool to watch as it was one of the old school ones where all of the characters flip around when it changes. We enjoyed watching it until our train got to the top of the board without a platform number and then disappeared without telling us where we needed to be. There were lots of very concerned looking faces around and we overhead someone asking the ticket booth nearby about it. Luckily they worked their magic and our train re-appeared with a platform number. We found it quickly and climbed aboard to stash our gear and settle in for the 1.5hour trip.
The trip passed by quickly and we arrived in Brussels, grabbed our gear and left the train to discover it was snowing!!!! We quickly headed into the station and found some lockers to stash our gear in before going out to play in the snow. It was only very light snow but we still stood around outside the station for about 10 minutes taking it all in.
We headed from the station to the brewery that Ed had heard about called Cantillon. We went in and paid our 6 Euro's each for the tour. The tour consisted on a little introduction from the lady who works there and then they give you a little guide book and leave you to it. The cool part about it is that it is a working brewery and you just walk around all of the areas among the people who are working there. They keep going on with what they need to do and you just read the guide book and go at your own speed. Ed was in his element. This is truly a one-of-a-kind brewery. They make a non-fizzy beer that Ed got to try at the end of the tour. T-shirt purchased we headed back out into the snow to walk into the center of Brussels.
When we arrived at the main square the snow started to come down harder. There were beautiful big snowflakes so we stopped and took some photos and enjoyed for a while before deciding we were too cold. We walked past the main statue in town which is of a little boy peeing (I can't remember its name and it apparently has some kind of story behind it which I also cannot remember). We found a little bar that had been recommended to us and headed inside for a beer. Ed enjoyed his first beer in Belgium but the bar didn't serve food so we had to take our leave and find some lunch. A little crepes bar was found and filled up we started heading back towards the Metro to go back to the main train station. One the way we picked up some yummy macaroons for later.
The train trip to Brugge was about an hour long and was once again quite uneventful. Our first impressions of Brugge are fantastic. It is a beautiful little town that looks like it will be fun to explore over the next few days.
We found our hotel (Hotel Van Eyck) which is just a tiny little 8 room hotel (not the best but it was cheap!) and settled in before heading out to find some dinner. The lady at our hotel was right when she said there are a million chocolate shops in this town!
We picked a restaurant that we wouldn't have normally gone into for dinner. I don't know why we did but we will know better next time. We had a horrible dinner experience there. My meal was wrong, Ed asked for no garlic and got garlic, when my meal was replaced it was horrible and the waiter was very rude. Not a great start! We decided to make up for it by heading to a little cafe for waffles and a milkshake before headed back to the hotel and calling it a night.