Winter Pret Brussels Reviews
Winter Wonders in Brussels Nov 28, 2009
The Winter Markets have opened up in Brussels. We spent a delightful afternoon wandering through them. There are tiny stalls selling Belgian delicacies, from mulled wine and jenever through to green pudding (pig lymph congealed into sausages and stained green with cabbage).
Churches and beautiful public buildings were lit up with pink lighting and people were milling around enjoying the festive atmosphere. My favourite rides were two beautiful carousels, which looked like they had been built by Tim Burton. Each ride on the carousel was intricate and unique, a half-feathered half-clockwork ostrich, a hot-air balloon made from a floating puffer fish, a pterodactyl skeleton and an armoured giant dung beetle. Each was a little piece of magic in a never-ending circle.
The main square hosted both an ice-skating rink and a Mongolian village (for some reason). We browsed through the shops, ate frites and ananas beignet (pineapple fritters), watched couples ice-skating together and children learning to skate with the aid of penguins. A delightful and magical market in the centre of our adopted city.
The markets run from the end of November until the start of January, and are open every day from 11ish to 10ish, depending on the day of the week. No entry costs and normal fairground prices for food and rides.
Part of the Winter in the Low Countries travel blog
Part of the list Festivals in Belgium
Part of the list Brussels, the interesting city
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