Travel Timehop

Travel Timehop #14 – Brussels 2006

This week’s Travel Timehop moment is taken from a month-long tenting trip in Europe that I’ve written about before. We collected so many great memories from this expedition that I’m bound to come back to it a few times.

When are we hopping to?

It was 2006 – nearly a decade ago – and a summer holiday to remember. We visited so many new places, enjoyed great food and saw some amazing sights.

Our European tour involving a tent and a Hyundai Getz took us from the UK to Belgium, through Luxembourg, into Germany, through France and on to Spain. We then did a quick run back up through France to home – all in the space of four weeks.

Where in the world?

Our first stop off was near Brussels in Belgium. Our campsite – the only one we booked in advance during the whole trip – was just outside the city. We had taken a very early ferry between Dover and Dunkirk and arrived before the site opened.

After quickly setting up camp and stopping by the local petrol station for supplies (we did get more adventurous with our shopping as things went on!), we headed off to see what Brussels had to offer.

I can’t remember if we took the car in to the city or caught a bus but once there we walked around the sights, visiting the Royal Museum of Armed Forces and Military History, window shopping at Les Galeries Saint Hubert, enjoying a blonde beer overlooking the Guildhouses at Grand’Place and mooching through the Parc de Bruxelles. Of course, no trip to Brussels would be complete without seeing the statue of the peeing boy as well! 

Travel Timehop moment

A highlight of our stay in Brussels was visiting the Atomium, which was built for the 1958 World Fair – an international display of industry. You can travel up the arms of the structure on escalators and visit exhibitions in each of the globes. At the top there is a platform with 360 degree views of Brussels.

The Atomium is massive and our amusing picture really does not do justice to the scale of this landmark.

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