Postcards from Brussels

Brussels was part of what I consider my first solo trip – I trip through Belgium, finishing in its capital. To be quite honest, I didn’t know what to expect of the city back then. Every time I thought about Brussels, I thought about all the European Union organisations – it was the only thing that came to my mind, especially as I had applied to multiple internships there, in desperation to find any job abroad. Back then though, when they actually called me to interview for the internship, I had just started one in London… and well, Brussels never happened. Which is all right. Especially at the time, London was really where I wanted to be anyway.

Brussels has many faces.

There is its serious, businesslike face. All suited up, to spend hours in windowless meeting rooms, disputing the great decisions that will eventually impact all of us.

Then there is its artistic side, with the Mont des Arts (basically Brussel’s Art Quarter) with great museums such as the dedicated to Magritte’s work. The architecture of the city is also so diverse, you can see so many of the movements through European History.

Then, there is the bohemian side – found in the streets full of pubs, the smell of beer and french fries. Oh and…waffles. There are also many alternative stores and art you can find on the streets.

There is also its green side – beautiful parks, where anyone can forget they are indeed in a city.

So, yeah – not sure who Brussels is or wants to be. But I guess, it wants to be all of it – there is no doubt it is inclusive and diverse, at least in this sense. And I tried to see all of it – and below are some of my favourite photos ft it.

The famous Atomium
A random hat store. Really liked it’s Art Nouveau front.
The Botanical Gardens
The city from Mont des Arts
Mont Des Arts
Let me be completely honest here. I believe this is in the Parc du Cinquantenaire, but I’m not 100%. Hopefully, Google Maps didn’t fail me.

Grand Place
I loved these ostrich sculptures.
The beautiful Brussel Town Hall.

Hope you enjoyed this little collection of pictures from Brussels 🙂

Love, Nic

13 thoughts on “Postcards from Brussels

  1. Gorgeous photos, Nic! I lived in Brussels for a while many moons ago, but did not like the city much to be honest. As a visitor perhaps my impressions would’ve been different. The architecture is certainly amazing and lovely to photograph. As your shots aptly demonstrate!

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    1. Thanks so much! To be quite honest, I didn’t like it much either. I’m happy I was just a visitor, and it’s definitely a great place to spend a few days on, but it wouldn’t be a city I would go back to for enjoyment 🙂

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    1. Thank you 🙂 Yeah, I think I did… memories do get fuzzy after a while. This is why I love taking photographs of the place I visit and get Google Maps help when in need of additional support😅

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  2. Fantastic photos, my friend. Just like you, I didn’t know what to expect of the city on my first trip, but after three days of exploring it, I fell under its spell. Its architecture is amazing, it’s very artsy and there are tons of pretty great restaurants and quiet corners. We also took a train to Bruges, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the city centre is closed for cars – which is just perfect of you want to explore it on two wheels. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. Aiva 🙂 xxx

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    1. Thank you Aiva! I was able to visit four different cities in Belgium and Bruges was definitely my favourite. It’s just another reality over there. Have a lovely week ☺️

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  3. engraçado como eu, apesar de já ter passado por Bruxelas 3 vezes, nunca fiquei e visitei a cidade… talvez seja estupidez, mas não há assim nada que me faça pensar em dedicar uns diazitos à capital belga… no entanto, viajei um pouco pela Bélgica e apaixonei-me por Bruges e Ghent 🙂 Antuérpia foi giro, mas o tempo não ajudou lol boa semana, espero que a tua gatinha já tenha recuperado da ressaca de cravos do 25 de abriil 🙂 PedroL

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    1. hahah olha Antuérpia desiludiu-me bastante. Estava à espera que a cidade tivesse mais para oferecer… tive azar com o tempo em Ghent, mas Bruges é simplesmente lindo! e pleeeaseee quem me dera a mim ter o tempo que a minha gata tem para recuperar de ressacas hahaha boa semana!

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      1. pelo vídeo que vi dela hoje ainda parece estar de ressaca ahah achei o centro de Antuérpia bonito mas fora dele só encontrei obras e viadutos, carros e confusão lol PedroL

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