Belgium: Zinnike Pis, Charming Brugge, Musee De Chocolat, Brussels, Leffe Brune & More

Facade - Grand Place, Brussels

Belgium is a beautiful country with much to offer other than beer, chocolate and french fries (oops, Frites!).  It was the last country I visited during my recent tour of Western Europe.  The highlights of my visit include:

  • Visiting Brugge (Bruges in French) – I loved strolling the streets and canals of this largely intact medieval city.  Click here to read more about this city.
  • Learning how to make chocolate in the Musee de Chocolat in Brussels and visiting some top chocolatiers in the world including Jean-Philippe Darcis!
  • Enjoying Belgian style Fish Soup and a Leffe Brune in a restaurant on the main square of Bruges.
  • Seeing the Grand Place (main square) in Brussels for the first time – amazing baroque architecture.
  • Admiring the Mannekin-Pis and the Zinneke-Pis.
  • Chatting with a french couple from Lille while having a delicious lunch at La Roue D’or  – a highly regarded Belgian Brasserie near the Grand Place in Brussels.
  • Partying with Allan and his friends in the university town of Louvain-La-Neuve.
  • Visiting the intriguing Hospital Museum in Bruges.
  • My stay at the Etap hotel in Bruges and the Aloft Hotel in Brussels. And,
  • The warmth and hospitality of Belgians and others whom I met during my visit to Belgium.

Zinneke Pis

I will certainly return to Brussels especially since it’s only 1.5 hours by TGV from Paris.

For more photos of Brussels and Bruges, visit my theTRAVELER Facebook page.  Please contact me if you would like more information on visiting Belgium.


About Robert Kavalek

Robert Kavalek is a travel consultant who shares his love for traveling the world on theTRAVELER ( While his specialties are Paris, Mexico and "digital overload escapes", he can advise clients on any type of vacation. In addition, he writes about travel destinations and travel tips on his blog and Facebook page. Robert has visited 31 countries and territories and hopes to check out at least one new country every year. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
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