Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Andy and I are fast approaching our second wedding anniversary. Last year we decided that, rather than buying anniversary presents for each other, we'd prefer to spend our money on doing something together - and given our addiction to travelling, a weekend away seemed like the perfect way to celebrate our first year of marriage. So in early September, we hopped on the Eurostar and went to Brussels.
Aside from eating a lot of waffles, we also found the city was full of great museums. One morning, we took a tram across to the African history museum, housed in a stately home on the outskirts of the city.
We arrived before the museum was open, and after admiring the gardens, and the elephants...
...we decided to see if we could find somewhere to get a coffee (and warm up - it was a chilly day). After a short walk we found ourselves in the middle of a sweet little market, with various bric-a-brac and craft stalls spread out in the streets of a small town.
Of course, this being Belgium, we didn't have any trouble finding a little coffee shop. We'd walked off the edge of the guide book and found a lovely spot to while away an hour or two.
The museum itself was full of interesting artifacts and well worth the trip. Before we went to Brussels I hadn't really known about the Belgian presence in Africa, so it was interesting to hear about the history of the colonial period, and the exploits of various Belgian aristocrats. It also gave me a longing to see African wildlife, thanks to a taxidermy display - can you believe the beaks on these birds?! (They may well be extinct by now, I have no idea.)
We're thinking about Amsterdam for our anniversary trip this year - anyone have any tips?