Europe Trip Recap – Belgium

After spending two nights in The Netherlands, we were excited to take a train to Belgium. Going in to this trip, I was most excited about our time in Belgium. They are famous for a few of my favorite foods – beer, chocolate, and fries!

To kick things off, we had to take three trains to get the Bruges due to some construction on tracks somewhere, but we enjoyed our time relaxing and reading. We also enjoyed talking to other train-riders throughout the day. We met a girl from Canada who was one month into a three month European trip by herself.

The amazing train station in Antwerp
Windmill in Bruges

Along the way, we had about 30 minutes in the Antwerp train station which was a really cool looking station. Once we made it to Bruges, we took a bus from the train station to the center of town. After a 10 minute walk, we checked in to our B&B. The B&B (B&B Eleven) we stayed at in Bruges was our favorite hotel of the entire trip.

View from our room during sunset in Bruges
Bruges, Belgium

The owner of the B&B got us set up with the bikes that we had for our time there. We rode around the ring of Bruges, saw some windmills, swans, and just enjoyed riding around the cobblestone roads through Bruges.

Belgium beers!
Belgium waffle with strawberries and chocolate

The next day we headed into Bruges on our bikes. We went on a brewery tour that included amazing views of the city. After enjoying our free Bruges Zot beer, we walked around some and enjoyed Belgium waffles before heading over to the Frites Museum. Yea,… we should have listened to Rick Steves on that one. Definitely not worth the price of admission.

Next up, we tried to climb the stairs to the top of the bell tower. I say tried because about 2/3 of the way up, I got all claustrophobic and we decided to turn back. After enjoying some chocolates and a nap in the hammock at our B&B, we enjoyed an amazing dinner, including Flemish beef stew for me. This is another food experience I plan to recreate at home this fall.

Cemetery in Damme
Bike path in Belgium country-side

After a day of enjoying all sorts of Belgium foods the day before, we woke up the next morning with a plan to hit the road. We grabbed our bikes and headed out of town to Damme along tree lined canals. After Damme, we headed to Sluis where we enjoyed lunch and Hubby had his Belgium mussels. We knew we wanted to head up to the North Sea, so we grabbed a bike map and hit the road again.

Putting my toes in the North Sea
Belgium country-side

The bike trail system in Belgium was amazing. Intersections are labeled with a number. When you’re on the trail, it will tell you which way you to go to get to your intersection. So by stringing together a series of intersections, you’ll find your way. Once we made it to the North Sea, we enjoyed the beach and getting our feet wet. As we were riding around the Belgium countryside, we saw more cows than I’ve ever seen in my time in the Midwest. We ended up clocking about 60 km on our bike that day.

Windmill on way back to Bruges
Chocolates from The Chocolate Line in Bruges

Our last day in Belgium was quite sad. We had enjoyed ourselves so much in Bruges that we just weren’t ready to leave. Hubby and I both agreed that the day in the Belgium countryside was one of our favorites of the entire trip. We got up and checked out of our B&B before catching a train to Brussels, but first we went to check out the Basilica of the Holy Blood and the Church of Our Lady. Both were quite impressive. We only had one night in Brussels and it was pretty forgettable. It was grey and rainy and we just weren’t much in the mood to be out exploring Brussels.

Inside the Church of Our Lady
Chimay label in Brussels that made us laugh
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20 Responses to “Hershey’s Trip Part 1”

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    Chelsea — January 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Wow, that sounds like an incredible trip! I really hope to make my way over there someday. So nice of Hershey to do all that!

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — January 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Wow, this looks like a fantastic trip! I went to Hershey World once when I was small and all I remember were the rides! πŸ™‚

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    Cupcake Kelly — January 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    That chocolate tour sounds really fun! I went on a Callier facotry tour in Switzerland. It was pretty lame and not as high tech(they did have a tasting room though).

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    Cupcake Activist — January 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    How can I get in on this action next time?! How fun!! I think I would go crazy with that much chocolate.

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    Sarah — January 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Hershey is a fun place to go, even as an adult. I go every 6 months with 2 friends of mine and we spend a day at the Chocolate Spa at Hotel Hershey (hopefully you had a chance to go – it’s AMAZING). The Hotel Hershey is gorgeous and is even better in the spring/summer, when the gardens behind the hotel are in bloom. And I love shopping at Chocolate World for all of the baking items that are so hard to find elsewhere! Can’t wait to hear about the rest of your trip.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 19, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Wow! Totally jealous of that trip! And I am so going on a mini pb cup search soon – my kitchen needs them πŸ™‚

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    Kris @ — January 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I live about an hour from there and we were just there on New Year’s Eve. Looks like you had an amazing time. Don’t you just love how it smells like chocolate everywhere?!?!?!? I have never stayed at the hotel hershey because we live so close, but maybe hubby and i need to do a night away!!! can’t wait to see the rest of your trip!!!

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    Daisy — January 19, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Chocolate bubble bath?! nice! What a great experience for you. I went on a family road trip here (and to Reading, PA – Amish Country!) when I was a kid. I had so much fun!!!

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    Shannon — January 19, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    how neat you got to make your own candy bar!! awesome choices πŸ™‚

    the shaws by me has cinnamon chips now, if you need any more πŸ˜‰

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    Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) — January 19, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Wow, what a trip! I’m somewhere between insanely jealous and ravenously hungry now, haha. Thanks for sharing! It looks like you had a lot of fun. I’m so glad I found your blog. Looking forward to exploring your recipes and seeing what’s next! – Georgia

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    Heather Lynne — January 20, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I love Hershey:-) It’s always been one of my favorite places. It sounds like you got the royal treatment, jealous!

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    aimee — January 20, 2011 at 1:52 am

    i have to say, i never thought of visiting hershey…but it sounds like you fun, and i am a sucker for any “food factory” tour. it was so nice of them to show you ladies such a good time!!

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    kitchenmisfit — January 20, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Looks like you had a ton of fun! And now I want to take a chocolate bubble bath too

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    Amy (The Petite Filet) — January 20, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Your chocolate bar looks amazing! And the store looks pretty cool too. I’d love to go to Hershey at some point.

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — January 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    How cool! I love the make your own candy bar part and I agree with you, I would have wanted lots of salty pretzels in there! So fun!

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    Leslie M. — January 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Great Post and we had a fabulous time! It was wonderful meeting you and your Blog is fabulous!
    Leslie Loves Veggies

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    oliepants — January 20, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Talk about a delicious trip! You have totally made me want to go! I love the make-your-own. I definitely would be a toffee and dark chocolate person!

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    Julie ( — January 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    What a cool trip! Looks like you had fun. Can’t wait to hear about the rest of it!

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    Megan — January 21, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    This sounds absolutely fabulous. You might have to go into business with that candy bar. I was ready to buy one after the description… with more pretzels please. rom the accommodations to the shopping to that chocolate bath… wow!

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    Kerstin — January 24, 2011 at 1:05 am

    How fun! I want some mini Reese’s cups to bake with!

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