Tag: Brussels

December in Brussels

Posted by December 24, 2014

A look back at ghosts of Christmases past. One of my favorite places to be in December (or any other time of year really) is Brussels. The Grand Place is spectacular at night. The Christmas market sells little bites of heaven—chocolate, beignets, macarons and cuberdons. There’s an ice rink, ferris wheel, luge and two amazing vintage carousels. We were here for Zwanze Day at Moeder…

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I never realized Belgium had a Royal Family. We’re so obsessed with the British and OMG, what did Kate wear? It’s easy to forget we live in the land of kings and queens and dukes and duchesses. Belgium is a constitutional monarchy, as is the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein…and Canada. What? Canada? Sometimes it surprises me how little we know about our neighbors…

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Assembling the Flower Carpet in Brussels Grand Place Laying the Brussels Flower Carpet We went yesterday to see the Brussels Flower Carpet being assembled. The Flower Carpet is beautiful and great excuse to spend the day in Brussels. But really, it’s 20 minutes of your day. So after the last one, I decided that this year we’d come a day early and watch the set…

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Cinema Nova in Brussels Stopping for a gueuze at A la Morte Subite + St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral Mannekin Pis + street art Street art + giant megaphone + change marquee After open brew day at Cantillon, we spent a couple hours in Brussels. These photos are from that time. I have heard of Brussels described as “infinite shades of gray.” It never…

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Barrels of lambic at Cantillon Brewery March 3 was the public brewing session at Cantillon Brewery. This “open brew day” is held twice a year (March and November). It’s an opportunity to experience the brewing process firsthand, with a guided tour. Little known fact: you can take a self-guided tour of the brewery any day they are brewing—usually Tues and Thurs October to April (actual…

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Moeder Lambic as the first glasses or Zwanze were being served Zwanze Day 2011 @ Moder Lambic in Brussels Zwanze Day 2011 was Sept 17. So…In 2008, Cantillon produced a special beer—lambic with rhubarb (still dying to try that tho I’ve heard it’s “gone down hill” and I’m not willing to give up the cash/body parts necessary to do so). That beer was called Zwanze…

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Here are some pics Matt shot when we took the Cantillon Brewery tour (for the first time) last June. Best 5€ you will ever spend, even if you don’t like beer (and if you don’t, you just haven’t had the right beer yet). The self-guided tour is unlike anything else—and includes two samples (gueuze and either kreik or framboise lambic). Basically you get to wander…

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