Our time in Brussels was short, but sweet. I was immediately struck by the Christmas decorations, which were much more elaborate than any of the other cities we visited in Belgium. Lights everywhere! My favorite part was watching all of the shop owners stepping outside to decorate their windows.
Since I was still feeling terrible and our time was limited, I had only one thing on my list: The Magritte Museum.
I got really into Magritte’s art and the Surrealist movement in general when I was in college taking a French Lit course. I love the playful juxtapositions and philosophical suggestions in his work.
The exhibition was well worth the 2 Euro fee and I was surprised at how reasonably priced the gift shop was. I left that museum with a noticeable spring in my step, in spite of my cold.
We ended our last night in Brussels (and the last night of our trip) by strolling the streets looking at all the Christmas lights and hopping in and out of cafes, where my husband continued to sample Belgium beer and I tried to soothe my sore throat with hot tea. I’m afraid I didn’t do Brussels much justice, but that just gives me a reason to go back. Perhaps next time I’ll even bump into Stromae.