Mussels in Brussels

Trip Start Apr 15, 2003
Trip End Sep 01, 2011

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Friday, February 4, 2005

Hi everybody!
Our friend, LeeAnne, was back in Amsterdam again for work, so we decided to take an overnight trip to Brussels. Chris picked us up at work Friday at 5:00 and we were on the road. By 7:30 we were in Brussels eating mussels at Leon's - a very touristy restaurant with great food. LeeAnne, who is NOT a beer drinker, had a raspberry lambic and actually enjoyed it! We even found a chocolate shop that was open when we left Leon's at 9:30. It was the beginning of a relaxing weekend of walking, talking, eating, and shopping.

On Saturday we walked all over Brussels. We found several outdoor markets including a huge flea market, a crafts market, and a market with gorgeous (expensive) antiques. We also happened into a **few** chocolate shops along the way - each with better and more beautiful chocolate than the last. We sampled many and took even more home!

We found a great place for lunch at the Museum of Musical Instraments. The museum is in a beautiful turn of the century building with a terrific restaurant on the top floor - with great views of Brussels from its terrace. We decided we'd rather explore the city than the museum, so after a stop in the gift shop we were on our way, in search more chocolate, shops and markets. Around 5:00, 24 hours after we started, we headed back to the car (with a first in the grocery store for Trappist cheese and beer) and on our way back to Amsterdam. It was a quick trip, but lots of fun and a nice break from Amsterdam.

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