In three weeks I shall be
setting sail for taking the Eurostar to Belgium. I have never been to Belgium, despite the fact that for the past 32 years I have been toting round a very long Belgian surname. My grandfather, who I never met, was Belgian – but I don’t know any family members from that side of the equation.
I’m going with my mother to Brussels for a few days of pottering around, visiting patisseries (I am SO looking forward to the baked goods!). We’re hoping to fit in a day trip to Bruges and/or Ghent as well – depending on the weather and our energy levels.
Despite my Belgian ancestors, it’s a place I know very little about. I’ve certainly inherited their love of chocolate though, and will make sure there’s space in my luggage so that I can bring plenty back (on a somewhat related note, I’ll be visiting Switzerland again later this year, where I will also be stocking up on the good stuff). I’ve not had much time to research things either, but the time I did have turned up this amazing-looking hotel, which is where we will be staying. It’s the Pantone hotel – as in the books of colours – and I had no idea it existed until I stumbled upon their website when looking for hotels in Brussels. My mother’s a fan of the Pantone merchandise, and so I’m pretty sure she’ll like the hotel too, minimalist as it is.
I’ve borrowed a couple of guide books from a friend, but if you have any tips you’d like to share, please do get in touch or leave a comment. Thank you!