Food of Brussels

Food of Brussels

Backpacking through Europe, Eat, Travel
Since human civilisation, culinary art has been an integral part of people. Food tells so much of a country's history, culture and its people. For us, food is a very important element of travelling. We often find if the place doesn't offer good food (i.e something unique of the place), it would feel like something is missing.   Moules-frites (Mussels and fries) To certain extent, Moules-frites is the national dish of Belgium, just like how Fish & chips is for Britain. Many theories surrounding on why frites are so popular in Belgium. Some have suggested this maybe because that the Belgian farmers were the firsts to embrace potato farming, hence the early access. Yet, some have stated that the frites were suppose to be substitutes of fish back in the 18th century.…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 2: Brussels

Backpacking through Europe Part 2: Brussels

Backpacking through Europe, Travel
Have you checked out the first stop of of our European trip? If not, I suggest you click here Now onto our second stop of the backpacking trip, the capital of Europe: Brussels! Brussels was very quiet compared to Bruges, perhaps, because of the Easter holiday weekend. To summarise Brussels: impressive architecture, but underwhelming 'pissing boy', known as the Manneken Pis I was taught about the little boy in primary school; the boy saved the whole village by urinating on explosives, becoming the national hero of Belgium. Sure, there are many versions of the story. In my mind, the statue is the symbol of Belgium. Many people aggregated in front of this bronze statue. I was very excited, but only to find it was not how I imagined. The statue…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 1: Bruges

Backpacking through Europe Part 1: Bruges

Backpacking through Europe, Travel
Written by Cotton's Daddy. Bruges has always been a place I really wanted to go, due it being a UNESCO world heritage site and the amazing photos that I've seen. However, as this being the first leg of our journey, I wasn't sure what to expect. Walking down the cobbled streets and looking at the river running through the town reminds me of rural England. Going further into the city centre reveals the beautiful architecture Bruges has to offer, really showing the wealth of the city and its heritage. No wonder why Bruges has been known as "Venice of the North". Although you may want to call Venice "Bruges of the South".   What Bruges has that Venice doesn't though is the world renowned Belgium beer and Chocolate, which you can find…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 0: Preparation

Backpacking through Europe Part 0: Preparation

Backpacking through Europe, Travel
2 backpackers, 10 kg, 40 liter, 13 cities, 16 days Note: my bag is actually smaller... So, not quite 40 liter... Have We Gone Crazy?!?! A wedding invitation from a dear friend called us to Spain, so we thought we might as well take a small holiday. The original plan was to have a lazy and relaxing holiday in Spain. Then boyfriend, aka Cotton's Daddy, had an eureka moment--"Why don't we backpack through Europe!!!"   What???? The idea of dingy hostels, duvets infested with fleas and dirty shared bathroom sent shivers through my spine. Plus, I have to walk with heavy backpack. No way I am doing this!   "Look. I do not do this kind of stuff anymore. I have to have comfy beds and powerful hot showers." This was…
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