So, I was in Belgium, and now I’m back. I got back on Sunday, and already that feels like a very long time ago, thanks to a couple of migraines and a difficult week at work (budget cuts, job cuts and other things that will be familiar to anyone working in the public sector these days). So before I forget all about what I got up to on my long weekend in Brussels, I wanted to write some of it down.
On Thursday morning, my mum and I caught a train to London, and from there we took the Eurostar to Brussels. I’d never been on the Eurostar before, and it was pretty simple and quick. I have to admit I am a little bit afraid of being in a train in a tunnel underneath the sea, but it all happens very quickly before you can start to worry about giant sea creatures and other tunnel-dwelling beings.
We headed straight for our hotel in a taxi (a word of warning if you’re planning a trip to Brussels: we found the taxis to be scruffy old things, and not the most appealing way of getting around). And our hotel was something a bit different: the Pantone Hotel. Our room was decorated mostly in white, with pops of purple on the walls. It was a nice place to stay (though the location is not central, it is actually very close to a decent shopping district), and the staff were all friendly and helpful. Pantone products are in evidence throughout the building: coloured sugar, coloured loo roll(!), painted bicycles, and there are plenty of interior design magazines to read in the reception area.
One of my favourite things was that each morning I walked out to a local deli to buy fresh almond croissants. They were delicious – we soon went from buying one each to buying an extra one and sharing it.
Lots more to tell you about next time!