A day trip to Brussels

Last weekend, myself and a few other Bloggers were invited on a Little Break press trip to Brussels with Eurostar.

It was an eventful day starting at an eye watering 5.30am in order to catch the 6am Eurostar from a very cold St Pancras.  Once we had all tucked into the breakfast and got to know each other a little better, we had arrived.  It seemed so quick.

Pippa Jameson Interiors goes to Brussels

Pippa Jameson in Brussels

Our first stop was the well known Planete Chocolat where we were given a talk all about the origins of chocolate as well as sampling some of their delicious offerings!

Planete ChocolatThen it was off to lunch (not that I felt very hungry at this point after all the chocolate!) followed by a meander around the shops….Shops in BrusselsShops in Brussels

…and then on to the well known Christmas market.  Brussels Christmas market

I found the market a little disappointing as I was expecting to see hundreds of stalls all selling unique Christmas gifts but sadly this wasn’t the case  That said, there was still a good amount of stands selling a variety of goodies to buy.  Expect to find things such as children toys, foodie items such as meats, olives and olive oil (the type of things you’d expect to find at Borough Market) as well as Mongolian slippers! and much more.

Overall, I would say Brussels is a great place to go for a day trip but I am not sure I would stay for much longer.  It’s not a huge place and so you can see it all by foot in a day.  The shops were a mixture of fashion and – yes you’ve guessed it – chocolate!  There is also some interesting architecture to see, especially in the main square.BrusselsBrussels You will also find a good choice of cafes to sit and people watch whilst sipping some nice wine (or decaf coffee in my pregnant state!)  I think this trip would be ideal for a group of girlfriends who are looking for a day trip of lunch, shopping…and chocolate!

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Meet Pippa

Pippa Jameson is an author, tv designer and interiors expert. The previous interior editor on several leading UK titles, Pippa has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Throughout her 25-year career, Pippa’s unique and creative approach has won her commissions for large retail brands and celebrities to deliver exciting and engaging projects. 

She’s written the curriculum for the British College of Interior Design, produced and styled shoots for well-known brands including John Lewis, H&M & Team GB/DFS, worked as an International Stylist for leading paint brands in Asia, consulted on the launch and creative direction of major retail names including George Home and Wren, and most recently, published her first book, The Sensory Home. Pippa possesses expertise unmatched in the interior industry.