My visit here was too short and too quick for my liking. However, I came to Belgium - and only too briefly to Brussels and the Flanders region - on an invitation from a good friend and travel companion with whom I shared many wild adventures in Southeast Asia (Saigon, 2011). Not only was I in the great company of a fellow trekker - but this time I was in her home turf!
However, I slowed down enough to snap a few shots along the way. This post is derived from that approach to being in Belgium - but after such a short visit maybe the only two substantial things I can say about Belgium are: the beer is phenomenal, and the people are incredibly welcoming and fun-loving. (The third thing: Belgians are gorgeous, too!). I can say that, but also that this beautiful and richly historical nation demands more than just 3 days to explore!
In addition to the great company of a friend, I had even brought some of my family along!!! My fearless cousin from New Jersey had met up with my brother and I in Dublin for the short hop across the English Channel. We landed in Brussels and hit the ground running. Then, we didn't stop to make the most of it.
On our first pass of Belgium, we took Brussels by storm. The next day we descended on some of the older Flemish cities as we ventured across West Flanders. Finally we dipped down into the local scene to be carried away by almost-too-much fun... and then all too soon we had to depart.
At the end of the second full day we found ourselves in rural West Flanders. Here, we slowed down for only a brief time to recharge and regroup before heading out, locals style.
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