I’ve always wanted to visit the Christmas markets in Europe. London has a few great ones, Dublin has a bit of shopping, but every year you hear about the great markets across continental Europe — something I’d yet to visit after 3.5 years of living overseas!
After some discussion with a friend, we decided on Brussels. It was easy for us both to get to, neither had been before, and it was on the list of top markets for 2014.
We got in at the crack of dawn, checked in to our Airbnb listing, and wandered the city all day long. It’s an interesting one; lots of history, a palace, beautiful architecture, but with a strangely modern feel.
I don’t think you need much time to see most of the city, but even going for a chance to try their chocolate samples makes it worth it!
In the evening, we went back to the busy, busy markets! There were tons of gifts and snacks, but we made a beeline for the mulled wine…
We finished up in the main square, Grand Place, where we happened upon live Christmas music and a light display. It was a festive way to wrap it up!