In itself, the city doesn’t jump at you with its beauty or irresistible charm, but it certainly has something about it: Flemish town houses, Parisien standard bakeries, a maze of one way streets and a hotch potch of residents. More than half of the city’s residents are immigrants, and you can feel this as you traverse its streets and stroll through its parks.
We spent the majority of our time on the wonderful terrace of our host, close to the European Quarter. Lazy tourism but also a wonderful kind. Sipping red wine by candlelight late into the night (with only the occasional sprinkle of light rain) whilst conversing with a table full of guests, naturally from all over Europe.
Brussels seems to be the ERASMUS for grown-ups. And I just about remember how much fun that looked like at university.