First time to Bruxelles, First time anywhere

Brussels Travel Blog

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Cool glass building next door to the Hilton
Brussels, was my first trip to somewhere outside of the United States. And it was quite a trip. An hour off of the plane, its 8am and we decide to walk around town to avoid the jet lag. 5 hours later, a clash with the titans at a cafe where no one spoke english, conversing with  a drunk guy who only spoke spanish and wanted to assassinate president bush, turning down hilarious solicitations from transvestite hookers at 10am right around the corner from the hotel, getting lost and walking in circles for an hour, stumbling on an awesome flea market that seemed to be a local spot, having a great conversation with two beautiful local women, that only spoke french, and me not understanding a word they were saying, and us finally making it back to the hotel feeling a bit like dorthy making it back to kansas.
Cool glass building with cool lighting effects
After a day like that, Brussels did not disappoint. It was surprisingly a pretty small city, though. We stayed at the Hilton at rogier place. The breakfast was nothing special and the rooms were super small, but the location was perfect. Right downtown, walking distance to the metro, the city2 mall, the grand place, and of course my favorite "Pitta Alley". Pitta Alley, near the Grand Place, is an alley of greek Mediterranean restaurants that pretty much stayed open all night long. So the Alley became our late night hang out as it was one of the few places that stayed open pass 3am and offer cheap food. And our daily food of choice was their giant pittas. I was only there for two weeks, but I lucked up and was able to come back for a second time two months later. 
vulindlela says:
Good read!
Brussels was my first place outside of the USA also.
Posted on: May 14, 2010
sclark521 says:
Great blog!! I actually felt like I was there with you. Good job!!
Posted on: Jul 02, 2009
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Cool glass building next door to  …
Cool glass building next door to …
Cool glass building with cool ligh…
Cool glass building with cool lig…
Nice view of downtown
Nice view of downtown
Nice view of downtown
Nice view of downtown
Nice view of downtown
Nice view of downtown
random shot walking downtown
random shot walking downtown
Pitta Alley during the day
Pitta Alley during the day
Grand Place
Grand Place
Grand Place
Grand Place
Grand Place
Grand Place
Grand Place
Grand Place
Grand Place
Grand Place
Grand Place
Grand Place
The Famous Belgium Waffles. I orde…
The Famous Belgium Waffles. I ord…
SolidArt Festival. Free outdoor c…
Solid'Art Festival. Free outdoor …
Nice view of the city
Nice view of the city
Art History Museum.
Art History Museum.
Art History Museum.
Art History Museum.
The European Union Building downto…
The European Union Building downt…
The City2 shopping mall and shoppi…
The City2 shopping mall and shopp…
Random shot of the city
Random shot of the city
Cool random statue.
Cool random statue.
Pitta Alley, Late Night
Pitta Alley, Late Night
Pitta Alley, Late Night
Pitta Alley, Late Night
Grand Place at night
Grand Place at night
The Hilton at Rogier Place
The Hilton at Rogier Place
Brussels Stock Exchange
Brussels Stock Exchange
Random shot walking downtown
Random shot walking downtown
The Theater
The Theater
Art in the Metro
Art in the Metro
Brussels Sights & Attractions review
Grand Place
It's very cool. My hotel was right down the street from it so we would go there at night and eat at pita alley(very cheap). The architecture is very i… read entire review
Brussels Hotels & Accommodations review
Hilton Brussels City Hotel
I spent two weeks at the this hilton in Brussels. First the bad: the rooms are extremely small, seriously like a walk-in closet, if that. It's very e… read entire review
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