Weekend in Brussels

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This past weekend I traveled to Brussels, Belgium with my classmates Allie, Courtney, Ashley, Josh, and Bryan.  Going into this weekend I think I can say all of us had no idea what to expect in Brussels, but we were all pleasantly surprised.  But really, how can you not fall in love with a city that specializes in chocolate, beer, waffles, and french fries?

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We also stayed in an amazing hostel, Meininger Hotel, that I would recommend to anyone looking for a reasonable place to stay.  It was an old factory converted into a hotel/hostel right on the canal on the edge of the city center and easy access to public transportation.  There are also Meininger Hotels/Hostels in cities all around Europe.  Were currently planning a weekend trip to Berlin in February and are staying in another one of their locations.

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IMG_8624The food and beer in Brussels was fantastic, but I was even more impressed by the architecture. Everything was such a beautiful combination of French and Dutch architecture spanning basically every conceivable style and period.

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We went to some really awesome museums while we were there.  We went to the chocolate museum, beer museum, history museum, musical instrument museum, the Coudenburg museum and visited the Atomium.  Both the chocolate and beer museum included free samples, which was lovely.  The musical instrument museum was absolutely fantastic.  They had a very cool system where you wore a self guided tour headset, but instead of commentary it played music whenever you walked under a sensor in front of adisplay.  The Coudenburg museum houses the excavated archeological site of the old palaces and streets of Brussels that are buried underneath the modern city.  This was probably one of the coolest things i’ve ever seen.  The Atomium was a part of a world expo exhibit in the 50s that has some wonderful panoramic views of the city.

Overall, I was so impressed with the city of Brussels and I would love to visit Belgium again someday.