Lately Brussels has been just plain nice. Nicer than nice. Brussels is awesome.
A lot of people have been getting their FS bidlists ready and I can only assume Brussels is on the list because I have had more than a handful of emails asking me about it. So let me compose why this is one of the nicest posts on earth.
The food of Brussels is delicious. Amazing. Fantastique. And the chocolate, ohhhhh, the chocolate.
I don't think I will ever be able to eat a normal Hershey's chocolate bar because that snobbishness that I always scowled at before, has hit me. My German exchange student friends would always complain that American chocolate was waxy and I never understood what they were talking about until I ate real chocolate.
Ohhh, it is yummuy. Everyone in the US knows of Godiva Chocolate, which is Belgian, as is Leonidas. But those are small potatoes. The real chocolate that you want to try, the one that has yet to be exported to the US is called Marcolini, holy cow amazingness. You go into the store that could easily pass for a jewelry store. The lit up glass display cases and fancy boxes. They treat their chocolate like diamonds as well. So so yummy, especially if you are a dark chocolate lover, make sure you try their Cuban Chocolate. Ohhhh, wow.
The other competitor in chocolate realm is Mary Chocolates. I personally like Marcolini better but Mary gives him a run for his money. This is the preferred chocolate of the Belgian royals if that means anything. Yummy.
2. The Parks
I still cannot get over how amazing the parks are. Every time I feel like I have found the most amazing park on earth and then I find another one.
My personal favorites are:
Kessel-lo This is a park in the Flemmish side of Brussels that is acre after acre of awesomeness. I have been here about ten times and I am still discovering new things. They have at least four large playgrounds for children of all ages, bike paths, a lake, a go-cart track, paddle boats, petting zoo, water park fun, pool, nature walk, and the list goes on.
This is a lake beach that has imported soft sand and then GIANT kids waterpark on the lake with waterslide. It also has a playground with water features. Once again amazing.
The list of awesome parks goes on. I have a large file of the best places to visit. If you are coming leave a comment and I will email you the guide of places to visit.
I haven't even addressed the indoor playgrounds yet. There are many and they are amazing but my personal favorite is Parc Molenheide. Giant indoor waterpark and indoor playground the size of an airplane hanger. HUGE. 'UGE. Big.