A Change in Plans
After spending two weeks in France, we decided that we wanted a change of pace before heading to the equator.
Since it was my birthday, I shared that I would really love to go to Brugge and Brussels instead of a few more days eating croissants. Thankfully, we had no hotel plans so the change was very easy.
If you haven’t been to Brugge, you should really add it to your “Must Visit” list. Brugge is a great walking city and the architecture and canals are such a stark change from France.
Out last minute hotel, Huis ‘t Schaep (Booking.com) was the best boutique hotel we have ever stayed. The location was just a few blocks off the main plaza down a very quiet street. Michael and his family have created an amazing oasis in this historic home. Parking was just around the corner in a huge underground garage that spans most of the city (exaggeration but it certainly feels like it).
So, Let’s Stroll
Eating Too Much Chocolate in Belgium – Is This Possible?
Is it really possible to say “I’ve don’t care if I ever see another piece of chocolate again?” Well, you just might say that if you spend a few days in Brussels or Brugge, Belgium.
The fine chocolate houses are everywhere and they give free samples.
Waffles in Belgium
First, there is chocolate and then there’s everything else. The first thing I head for in Belgium is a liege waffle. Not the waffles we are accustomed to in the US, but a true Belgium waffle.
There are two types of waffles in Belgium: Liege (smaller with rounded edges) and Belgium (rectangle and large). For both waffles, the batter is made from an egg-white yeasted batter. (American waffles use baking powder and not yeast for the rise). Belgium waffles also have much deeper squares to hold the toppings much better.
What makes the liege waffle so great to me is the pearl sugar that is added into the batter. When the liege waffles are cooked, these little pearls of sugar caramelize and give you a wonderful sweet taste to go with the flavor of the waffle. Yes, it’s heaven on a plate.
As we left, I bought a bag of chocolates to take on the road. This lovely bag was 15€ and had 8 chocolates inside. We’re they good??? Nope, they were amazing.