If It Is Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium

For those of you that are too young to remember, there is a famous movie that had the title above. My husband and I have travelled to Brussels countless amount of times. Most of the times we would go for one day and one night. We usually stay in Brussels and take a day trip to another city.

This time I set out by myself to enjoy the Brussels holiday markets. I landed on a Tuesday and left on Thursday. I stayed at the Novotel hotel city center next to the central train station. The train ride from the airport to the central station is a half hour and costs approximately 10 euros.

The main market has different displays than the ones in Germany. Although there are booths with jewelry, handicrafts, Belgian specialties and Gluhwein; Vin chaud in French.

Unlike the German markets, there were two beer pavilions serving both draft and bottles. One was Leffe and the other was Chamay, two popular Belgian beers. Also, there was a champagne tent that served all types of champagne, oysters, cheese and caviar. Another interesting booth was a quiche selection. I never saw so many types of quiche served in all sizes. It could be taken home or eaten there.

The carousel for kids was unique. At the edge of the market was a giant Ferris wheel which provided great views of the entire city. A smaller market nearby had an ice-skating rink.

After visiting the markets, a visit to the Grand Place is a must. During this time of year there is a light show set to Christmas music every hour after sunset. On the other side ofthe Grand Place there is a well-known bar called Delirium. It was named after the beer named Delirium. The Delirium on draft is excellent and strong.

A visit to Brussels this time of year is very worthwhile. It is very festive and the main market named Winter Wonders has more than 200 chalets. This year the market is opened from Nov. 27-Jan. 3, 2021.

Maureen Katz has worked in the airline industry for 37 years and is currently retired. She has worked for eight different airlines, three of which were startup companies, and participated in the FAA Proving Runs, leading to FAA Certification. Her positions included Flight Attendant, Customer Service Agent, Flights Operations and the last 27 years as an Airline Dispatcher. JetBlue was the final carrier in her career and she was one of its “founders”. Maureen and another crew member assisted in training and formulating dispatch policies and procedures, allowing JetBlue to begin its operations. In addition to Maureen having a FAA dispatch license, she also possesses a commercial pilot license with instrument and multi-engine ratings.



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