brussels for valentine’s day

chase won valentine’s this year. he took me to belgium and planned everything!
he had a business trip beginning monday, so sunday after church we headed off to
brussels to celebrate my favorite holiday! i love belgium and i’ve been able to tag along
on his business trip through the whole country the rest of this week. so many great
cities, but let’s start off with brussels. it’s a big city boasting the EU headquarters,
but at the same time it’s charming and amazing and filled with the smell of waffles.
here’s a taste! (not literally, though i wish you could taste the amazingness here) 

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetdefinitely decked out in my v day pink in the grand place.
chase found one of the best hotel locations ever right in this
gorgeous square, but the hotel itself was a bit rough around
the edges & unorganized. the location was still so worth it though.
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset liège waffles are the main highlight of coming to belgium.
don’t get brussels style, get liège style! simple is also best
even though the toppings look amazing…just get sucre!
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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetthe town was perfectly decked out for love day ^^
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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preseti love this valentine of mine ^^Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetwhen in belgium… ^^
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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetit was rainy and drizzly during the afternoon when we
arrived, but it didn’t stop us from wandering ^^
Brussels1 we stopped for waffles before and after dinner ;)
i also interrogated the person working all about the recipes and which
size of pearl sugar they use…so i hope i can perfect mine at home!

Brussels3 i’m not kidding when i say that there are chocolate shops dotting
almost every street in belgium, with samples in each one.
we were so full of sugar by the end of wandering around.

Brussels4 if the chocolates, waffles, and biscuits aren’t enough,
don’t worry: there are lots of frites stands all over! ^^

Brussels5 horse-drawn carriage rides and endless waffles are just a few of the
things that
make the streets of belgium so charming to stroll.
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset the rain wasn’t stopping us! ^^
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetwe went by manneken pis, the famous statue fountain dating from 1618.
it is one of the strangest attractions, but it’s pretty funny to see in person!
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetBrussels7 Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetback to the hotel for dinner, where this was our view ^^
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chase made me take these pictures and i felt silly since you can’t
quite see the bump yet, but i’m actually so glad he did so that we
can take these the next few months through europe to track the bump :)

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetwe also took this one so we can show our little one
all the places its been before even being born! 

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetdinner was right in the square. after all of that sugar we just opted
to split some french onion soup + chicken, which hit the spot.
the city hall was lit up in red for valentine’s day which i loved! 

IMG_0425the next morning chase headed to google brussels and had
a day of meetings while i worked and did some writing.
Brussels8^^ colorful breakfast and a sunny day in brussels!
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetwe met up for lunch to take a walk in the sunny park and check out the EU headquarters.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetBrussels9european parliament ^^ a lot of the buildings are shut down since the attacks
in the fall, but it’s still pretty amazing to see. i almost interned here instead of
london’s parliament in college…so it was fun to imagine if i had worked here!
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetwe left blue sky brussels and headed onward to bruges.
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetsee you from there!


'brussels for valentine’s day' has 10 comments

  1. February 17, 2016 @ 1:50 pm Kelsey

    Definitely need to go here someday! Or perhaps if I don’t I’ll have to settle with a trip to Bruges in Salt Lake. ;)


  2. February 17, 2016 @ 1:50 pm Sara

    So charming and fun! I haven’t been there since college for one day. I clearly need to go back!


  3. February 17, 2016 @ 3:04 pm Jessica c

    That fountain in Brussels is so funny! When I was there we were just walking around the city and ran into it!


  4. February 18, 2016 @ 12:44 am [email protected]

    Ha! Mannekin Pis in 7 wonders (it’s a board game) and I didn’t believe it was a real place. So funny that you saw it. Also, such a cute idea to take photos of sonogram photos with you for baby to see one day


  5. February 18, 2016 @ 1:34 am Liz Peterson

    Such a great whirlwind summary. I just spent some time in Brussels and absolutely loved it as well. My posts will be up on my blog soon :). Couldn’t agree more on the liège waffles :).


  6. February 18, 2016 @ 6:08 am Mackenzie

    I just wanted to reach out and thank you for sending that Book of Mormon study guide! It has been such an amazing tool and I’m so glad I have it. Also congrats on your upcoming bundle. That is so exciting!


  7. February 18, 2016 @ 6:36 am Kaitlin @ California Endless Summer

    too cute!! that little baby of yours is going to be so well traveled :) I love how you guys made a rainy weekend so cheery


  8. February 18, 2016 @ 9:41 am Hillary

    I lived in Belgium for a year when I was in grade school (Mechelen, near Antwerp) so I love seeing these photos! I’ll always love Belgium :) I swear I used to get a waffle a day!


  9. February 20, 2016 @ 7:27 am Rachel

    What an amazing Valentine’s Day! Brussels was one of my favorite European places for food (mainly chocolate and waffles)! I love that you’re taking photos of the sonogram picture in all of the places you’re traveling to. What a fun idea!!


  10. February 27, 2016 @ 6:50 pm Colleen

    What a fun love day trip! Also, I think it is so awesome how that building under construction in the hotel square had painted scaffolding! What a great idea to get the necessary work done and still keep it looking beautiful!


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