So our negative about Brussels has become a positive. I was really hesitant about going to Brussels since our last time there and the whole terrorism thing going on there, but my kids really LOVED it there! I vowed we would never go back, but that apparently did not happen. We literally only spent just a little over 24 hours in Brussels. To be honest, I think we did pretty well and did see quite a bit in just that 24-hour period.
We left the Rheinland Pfalz area of Germany around 10:00 am and arrived at the Train Hostel around 3pm. We did get stuck in some traffic, unfortunately, but we made it in one piece. Of course we couldn’t relax since we had reservations for the Harry Potter Exhibit! So we rushed over there and checked it out. The kids really liked it even though they really hadn’t seen the movies. I must say it was more for me than it was for them. We attempted to find the Grand
Place but the kids were just not having it. So we ate dinner at EXKi, which serves their food fresh and natural. I had a salad, my daughter had yogurt (she was not very hungry), my younger son had a tuna samosa and my oldest had pasta (he loves pasta!). My kids were ready to head back to stay in the hostel, which by the way we stayed in a REAL train car!
We woke up bright and early to get packed up and eat breakfast. I had decided to be a cheapskate and not pay 20€ for the hostel’s breakfast. I think that for now on I will just pay it. My kids were not very happy with having to eat cereal instead of fresh croissants, meats and cheeses. Note to the wise. We had made plans to go visit Train World that morning, but it was 8:00 am and the museum did not open until 10am. So we tried to move as slowly as possible. There was a green space nearby so we decided to play and run around for a good hour.
FINALLY 10:00 rolled by and we were able to enter. Adults are €10 and under 26 are 7.50€. If you stay at the hostel adults get a reduced rate of 8€. The Museum starts you off in the old Schaerbeek train station where you will see the high ceilings and the glass windows where passengers would purchase their tickets. Outside you will see a train car to your left. At time of purchase of your tickets you can pay 1 euro per child and they will watch them so you can enjoy a coffee etc. I wish I would have known about this! So letting you all know! This museum is amazing! Very informative and tons of hands-on experiences for kids and adults!
After we finished the museum it was my turn. I had found out that the same weekend we were going it was Brussel’s Flower Carpet! So I had to go! Unfortunately we did pay far away, but we did find it! The flower carpet was beautiful! My kids were very surprised that they were all flowers. It is certainly a site to see! Note: The flower carpet is every other year. So the next one will be in 2018. Mark your calendar! After the flower carpet we ate at WOKUP. Which is an Asian fusion restaurant which has dim sum! Yum yum yum!!! Of course we also had to get some chocolates!
Finally we headed to Mini Europe! This is a place you have to check out if you have limited time in Europe or if you have travelled Europe it is fun to “revisit” those places. My kids were excited about seeing the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben.
After MiniEurope, we hit the road and went back home to get ready for our next trip to Denmark & Sweden (Post is coming soon!).
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