Tag Archives: Grand Place

My Last Night in Belgium

17 May

The time has come for me to say goodbye to Belgium. Some days I feel like I’ve been here forever, while others I feel like I just got here last week. It is hard to put into words what this experience has meant to me. I can honestly say that I am not the same person I was when I got to Europe 9 months ago. I have had so many opportunities, has so many experiences, and befriended so many amazing people. But I have to say goodbye for now Brussels. It’s been an crazy, amazing year.

In honor of this moment, here are some pictures from my last night out in Brussels with cousin Caleigh and roommate Lindsay. We had a great dinner out, had some Belgian beer, and enjoyed waffles!

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Noël à Bruxelles et les Plaisirs d’Hiver

10 Dec

To start of the Christmas season in style, I spend the first weekend of December exploring the Plaisirs d’Hiver, or Winter Wonders, in central Brussels. This celebration of the holiday season in the history center of the city consists of a Christmas Market (2km of shops), attractions (including an ice skating rink and Ferris Wheel), and light show at Grand Place.

Below, you can see a video of part of the 15-minute light show at Grand Place. This year’s show is entitled “Magical History City” and uses light and music to depict the historic events that have taken place in Grand Place. This includes the medieval and baroque eras, 1695 bombing, reconstruction under the aegis of Charles Buls, and the entry into the twenty-first century.

For more information on this show, check out http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/minisite_winterwonders/content/21949/grand-place.do