Photo Essay: An evening stroll through Brussels

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Mont de Arts, or hill of the arts, is a beautiful place to take in the finest views of Brussels… especially at twilight! From here you can see a beautiful geometric garden designed by Renรฉ Pรฉchรจre and the spire of the Brussels City Hall.

I must admit, out of the four days I was in Brussels, I only went out to explore for maybe 8 hours… total. Totally despicable, I know. But hear me out! By this point I had already been in Europe for over three weeks, visiting friends in London, participating with Vaughantown (more on that next week!), and exploring Madrid and Barcelona. It’s a really hard life, I know. I was lucky enough to stay with a friend while visiting Brussels which meant relaxing, only leaving the apartment for meals, and just catching up with each other!

However, no matter how long I’m in a new destination for, I always tell myself to simply… go for a walk! Forget the over planned itinerary, lists, and maps. You can leave those behind in the hotel for one day, or even one hour! On my last night in Brussels, that is exactly what I did. Okay, so I might have had my friend guide me around her favorite spots but it still counts! We didn’t use a map, I promise.

It did not take me very long to fall in love with Brussels while on our evening stroll. I’ll stop babbling on and let you see for yourself why I’m already dying to plan a trip back…

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You’ll find the gorgeous neoclassical church of Saint Jacques-sur-Coudenberg located in the Place Royale. You’ll also find a few museums in this historic square, making it a very popular tourist spot in central Brussels… but practically empty at night!

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BELvue Museum is just one of the museums in Place Royal in central Brussels. The museum is actually located in the luxurious Bellevue Hotel where you can learn about the national history of Belgium.

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The Grand Place, or Grote Markt, is probably the most recognized square and tourist destination in Brussels. These famous guildhalls are absolutely beautiful when lit up in the evening.

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On a warm summer’s evening, tourists and locals take time to relax and sit in front of Brussels Town Hall. Also, can you tell that those building to the right are actually under construction? Look closely…! They’re not real ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Here’s one more shot of the gorgeous Grand Place at night. In this photo, you can see the Museum of the City of Brussels to the right.

Which photo of Brussels is your favorite? Have you ever visited this city before? I’d love to know so leave a comment down below! Although I didn’t get to see much of Belgium’s capital, I did have an amazing time exploring Bruges, Ghent, and Antwerp. But more on that soon!

Happy travels!

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30 comments

  1. Gray says:

    Haven’t been there yet, but it’s on my list. I wouldn’t beat yourself up too much about not getting out to explore more. When you’ve been traveling nonstop and you have a chance to stop and catch up with a friend, why not? Friends are important, too! Love your photos, by the way; you take terrific night photos.

    • Lauren Meshkin says:

      So true. It was a great time to catch up and relax. Brussels is so lovely, I think you’d like it. The locals are very friendly too and great food! It’s just pricey.. at least in the summer! Thanks so much for commenting, Gray ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lauren Meshkin says:

      Thank you so much, Maria! I’ve never really tried night photography before since my cameras haven’t been nice enough until now. I enjoyed playing around but definitely have a lot more to learn.

  2. Martin says:

    I love Brussels! Its akready years ago that I was there, but to see your pictures and to read your article reminds me of so many amazing pictures and moment!! Its time for me to go back to Brussel for another visist ๐Ÿ™‚ Its always amazing to see how pretty Europe is.

    Greetings from a German traveller ๐Ÿ™‚
    Martin

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