Last June, I got to visit my dream destination, Brussels, while traveling to Paris. I took a ride on the high-speed Thalys train from Paris’ Gare du Nord and I immediately realised that being a youth in Europe gives you many advantages; you can travel for a relatively cheap price!
My first stop was the European Parliament’s visitor centre “Parlamentarium” to join the chamber tour. I was lucky enough to see an EU-UN Food Exhibition and wow, all the interactive installations were really helpful. I was also planning to go sightsee other European institutions within the so-called “European Quarter” by taking the metro (underground railway) and stop at Schuman station, but it was closed. When I tried to walk towards the Berlaymont – the headquarters and main building of the European Commission – the roads were also closed. I then realised that during the two days I was in Brussels, the EU-CELAC High Level Summit was taking place. So for security reasons the roads were blocked. Nevertheless, this is one-of-a-kind experience for me!
Lastly, you have not visited Brussels unless you try their famous mussels, fries and waffels! Don’t worry, you’ll find them everywhere at Grand Place (also called “Grote Markt”) where you can also see the famous Manneken Pis.
I would want to go back sometime soon to Brussels. The city is pretty and quiet, it gives you the old romantic feeling, yet you know it’s catching up with the trends. Early June is the transition from spring to summer, it can get chilly, but during my trip, the sun was shining bright and the temperature was 30 degree Celcius! Oh, if you speak Dutch or French, it will also make your trip more fun!