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Monday, October 08, 2012

Brussels and Bruges, Belgium - 2012

# Posted by Joel Dixon at 08/10/2012 18:47:40

I managed to avoid the first major plan-changer of EuroJoel 2012 in Belgium as thankfully the train strike that would have derailed me (huh!) was not taking affect until the day after I arrived. I went straight to Bruges while the trains were still running in search of food history (and food consumption). I immediately bee-lined it to one of Bruges' chocolate museums - and slightly enjoyed the mediocre displays. Far more enjoyable was the small chocolate tasting that came just before the exit, when I made my way to the other food museum - this one dedicated to fried potatoes. Another average-to-good museum (but with no taste testings) I really enjoyed all the artwork that was dedicated to chips. Confident I had received my share of culture, I purchased some fries and chocolates and returned to Brussels for dinner.

Gibson
Which do you think gets more customers? I checked and it was just a normal lamp museum - not even a chocolate-covered lamp museum

Lab
The yellow thing at the front is a cocoa bean - why didn't they base the size of a jelly bean on that?

Crispy
I was getting sick of the tall female mascot's attitude as she pointed me around the museum - until I realised that at some point she was forced into a vat of boiling oil until her outsides were crispy

Art
I am not yet an art collector - but pieces like this have started to persuade me

Once back in Brussels I went for a walk through the city in search for a meal. I felt like the city had a bit of a dodgy vibe to it, but without spending much time there in total it is hard to say for sure. In any case, I found a great bar for my dinner and had no issues making my way back to the hotel (where I enjoyed my pre-bought chocolate dessert).

Shapes
Belgium chocolate is certainly nice - but who decides on the shapes to use? I think the four turds at the top look more appetizing than the horse's head

The next morning I realised Amsterdam did not provide me with enough of a rest - only reminding me what sleep felt like. I spent most of the second day in Brussels napping in the hotel room (along with some intervals of sleep). I guess I've been trying to fit too much into each day, so I'm glad I had a city like Brussels to prepare myself for the month of travel still ahead. After my day of rest I packed my things and prepared for the next day's flight to Poland - the start of my Eastern European experience.


This is the 25th in the EuroJoel - 2012 series
City 1 - Lisbon, Portugal - 2012City 2 - Porto, Portugal - 2012City 3 - Madrid and Toledo, Spain - 2012City 4 - Valencia, Spain - 2012City 5 - Barcelona, Spain - 2012City 6 - Naples, Italy - 2012City 7 - Rome and Vatican City, Italy - 2012City 8 - Florence and Pisa, Italy - 2012City 9 - Milan and Bologna, Italy - 2012City 10 - Venice, Italy - 2012City 11 - Prague, Czech Republic - 2012City 12 - Dresden, Germany - 2012City 13 - Berlin, Germany - 2012City 14 - Legoland, Denmark, 2012City 15 - Edinburgh, Scotland - 2012City 16 - Nice and Monte Carlo, France - 2012City 17 - Lyon, France - 2012City 18 - Dijon, France - 2012City 19 - Provins, France - 2012City 20 - Paris, France - 2012City 21 - Ireland - 2012City 22 - London, England - 2012City 23 - Killarney - Ireland, 2012City 24 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - 2012City 25 - Brussels and Bruges, Belgium - 2012City 26 - Warsaw, Poland - 2012City 27 - Krakow, Poland - 2012City 28 - Vienna, Austria - 2012City 29 - Budapest, Hungary - 2012City 30 - Bucharest, Romania - 2012City 31 - Nile Cruise, Egypt - 2012City 32 - Cairo, Egypt - 2012
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