One of my favorite things about Europe is how easy it is to travel between countries. In the states a two-hour train ride gets you to a cornfield. In Europe, it gets you to a different country.

So one morning while I was in Paris, I decided to visit my cousin Angie who lives in Brussels. It couldn’t have been easier – I merely hopped on a train and within two hours was in Belgium.

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

My cousin is basically goals – she has a gorgeous apartment in Brussels, her own PR company, and tons of expat friends.

Brussels, Belgium

Honestly, Brussels isn’t my favorite city. I find it a bit grey and modern. But having a local guide always helps, and I loved walking around and taking photos of Flemish architecture.

By around three we had covered some serious ground and I was ready for lunch. I counterbalanced our epic walking tour with a calorie-bomb of a meal; fries with mayonnaise and a gaufre de Bruxelles topped with strawberries and whipped cream.

(While we’re on the topic of waffles – is it just me or are gaufres de Lièges clearly superior to gaufres de Bruxelles? Gaufres de Lièges are a bit airy for me.)

Brussels, Belgium

After lunch, we continued exploring the city on foot. I also bought no less than 70 euros of chocolate. When in Brussels, amirite?

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

We capped off our epic food-filled day with … more food. Specifically,mort subite, a tart fruity beer, and gouda with celery salt.

Brussels, Belgium

On the way home we stopped to take photos of the Grand Place at night, which was just pure magic.

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

Like my last trip to Brussels, I enjoyed the best of Brussels in one day: fries, beer, waffles, and Flemish architecture. All in all, it was a pretty solid 24 hours.

Have you ever been to Brussels? Which photo is your favorite?

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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel blogger and freelance writer who moved to Paris at 21, traveled the world for a year and now lives in Denver. She's usually in pursuit of skiing, languages and perfectly ripe cheese. Her writing has been featured in National Geographic, Viator and Jetstar Australia.
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