When I first visited Belgium I was 16 years old and more than 2 1/2 years into an open-ended trip around the world with my family. We’d just spent a very challenging yet fun-filled five months exploring every corner of Egypt, repetitively visiting some of the most historic monuments in the world. Having become accustomed to the Arabic world, flying from Egypt directly to Belgium was one of the major culture shocks I had on that trip that I’ll never forget. We flew into Brussels and were all blown away by the incredible attention to detail on each and every building, the Grand Place square was absolutely gorgeous. Stepping from a strictly Arabic culture into this fairy-tale European world with horse carriages, pigeons pecking at crumbs between cobblestone and paintings being sold in the square was a 180 degree flip.
Having eaten falafel, grape leaves stuffed with rice, Kebabs and Baba Ghannoug for months, we made ourselves completely sick inhaling the famous Belgian waffles decorated with strawberries, chocolate and homemade whipped cream.
Never in a million years would I have guessed that just two years later I would be living right next door to Belgium in The Netherlands. Now that I live here, Belgium has become a stepping stone to almost all of my European travels. I’ve driven through the neighbouring country nearly every time I head out on a road trip to the south, either to visit Portugal, Spain, France or Italy. I’ve driven down to Belgium to visit my sick mother-in-law in the hospital after operations more than once. Other times, just for day trips to Antwerp to help a friend with his helicopter, speed boat and Segway tours, or weekend trips to explore Ghent or the gorgeously quaint town of Bruges.
Despite no longer being able to count the number of times I have visited Belgium, I always get out my camera and feel like it’s my first time.
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Reblogged this on maggiethemom and commented:
Belgium is a must see country. 🙂
Belgium is a must see country for sure.
I absolutely love Belgium! I visited there for the first time last year and was completely captivated by Bruges and Ghent. One of my favorite memories was cycling through the countryside outside of Bruges, it was beautiful. I only got to visit Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent and Brussels, but I can’t wait to return one day and explore more of the diverse country! Thanks for sharing, your photos bring back some great memories 🙂
Thank you for your comment!!! So glad to hear that you enjoyed Belgium as much if not more than I did. It truly is a beautiful country, and Bruges certainly stands out to me! Glad you enjoyed the photos too 🙂