We’re flying home today…all day. Our route is Brussels –> Stockholm –> Oakland. This last pass through Brussels has been such a fun way to wrap up our trip. Brussels is quiet since its lockdown, but the city is full of good tidings and Christmas cheer. It is très charmant.
Scene from the holiday lights and music show at the Grand Place.
Even the Manneken Pis got in on the action:
Happy holidays, dear readers. Thanks for following along and for all the love and comments. See you in the States.
Ian and I had both been to Brussels before on separate trips over ten years ago. We had already seen the major attractions so we felt like we could focus on food and beer and not get distracted by art, architecture, or history. Stay out of our way, culture, we have things to eat! (In truth, we visited one museum, which was great.)
Our first day, we started off right with omelettes and coffee. I missed you, French cheese!
Zwanze Day is an annual Cantillon event where a special beer is simultaneously released at 50+ bars around the world. Zwanze means “joker” in Dutch, and the event reflects the “wild card” spirit. The special beer changes each year, and tends to be an experimental lambic. This year was a “wild Brussels stout.”
Toasting with the 2015 Zwanze beer
We have previously established that I like Cantillon. So visiting Brussels meant a mandatory trip to the fountainhead, Brasserie Cantillon.