Upon arriving at The Hotel, we checked into the most gorgeous suite - so gorgeous, in fact, I had trouble motivating myself to actually leave it! (I wrote about our stay in detail for The Hotel's blog which you can find here.)
But alas, as comfortable as it was, we had a city to revisit.
The beauty of exploring a city for a second (or third or fourth) time is you feel less pressure. Instead of scrambling to take in all of the sights, you can revisit those that were noteworthy and then head off to explore the rest of the city you haven't uncovered. It leads to wandering down side streets and stumbling across markets you didn't know existed. It allows for more time to linger at that café and you feel less guilty about returning to that fantastic suite a little early to enjoy the complimentary mini bar and stunning views.
Brussels often doesn't rank as well with visitors as other destinations in Belgium. It might not be as picturesque as Bruges and she might not sweep you off your feet at first glance but there is something about Brussels that's intriguing. If all else fails, there's plenty of beer, waffles, chocolate and quirky shops to keep one occupied for days on end.
The weather during our stay in the city wasn't particularly welcoming but that didn't stop us from pounding the pavement. We wandered for hours on end until we became too cold or our feet were too sore. As usual, we mapped out our path on our city map, making sure to head into unexplored territory and when the weather really turned on us, we ducked into the Musical Instrument Museum (which deserves a post all on its own) for a few hours.
While the trip wasn't necessarily in the grand plan of travel for the year, we were thankful to have a second look at Brussels.