If you saw my Weekly Wrap post, you know that last week I was on vacation in Europe. If you’ve known me for a while, you know I am horrible at planning vacations, so when my son had an opportunity to study abroad this summer, one of my first thoughts was that it would make vacation planning easy! I even let him plan our itinerary, which is how we ended up spending the weekend in Brussels before we headed to Bremen where he is studying.
Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium
Five Things About My European Vacation
1. The Grand Place in Brussels is gorgeous any time of day, but simply amazing at night, as you can see from the picture above.
2. Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels is similar to a high-end shopping mall but 90% of the stores are fine chocolatiers–most of which offer free samples.
3. When you watch the Tour de France on a flat section on the first day, the riders zoom by!
4. Most of the old buildings in Germany were destroyed by bombs in World War II, but many really old buildings remain, and provide unique insight into what life was like hundreds of years ago.
This is the Obertor (southern gate) in Neuss, which is one of six original gates in the wall that surrounded the city in medieval times. It was built around 1200!
5. There’s more to Bremen than I ever imagined! It’s location straddling the Weser River about 40 miles south of the North Sea made it an important city for trading and politics. We visited museums, churches–including one with mummies in a lead vault!–quaint shops on old cobblestone streets, parks, cafes, and a restaurant established in 1405.
Do you enjoy planning vacations?