Belgian Christmas Markets and Liege Waffles
Over four months of living in Brussels and we have yet to try the waffles. not kidding. When asked 'what's up with that?!', I keep hearing J say that we have to try the Liege waffles first. He's cute and funny and smart, but, honestly, I have no idea why that makes any sense. My theory is that it's a touristy thing and we've successfully (overreaching?) made it to the title of Locals, so it's not as high on our list, but when we visit new towns, Liege for one, we have to do touristy things there. Does that make sense? Okay, so maybe neither of us have a solid excuse. But we live in Brussels, so we could have them any time we want. bam. Plus! Belgium is known for, like, everything good - chocolate, beer, fries, and waffles....so we've got 3 of the 4 (and the extra lbs to show for it.)There are two types and a full-on rivalry of Belgian waffles between two cities - Brussels and Liege. The Brussels waffle is lighter, crisper and has larger pockets with rectangular sides. The Liege waffle is richer, thicker, and chewier and contains chunks of sugar inside that caramelize...now does it make more sense why we'd be excited about this one?Maybe all of that wasn't necessary, but it was necessary. Moving on. We got live music! It was stinkin' adorable to see the well-aged choir singing carols on stage and even better the marching brass band that kept passing us and ended at one of the market restos for champagne and vin chaud. I'm a sucker for the horn section.Another attraction that was a MUST see in Liege is the TGV Railway Station built by Santiago Calatrava. Like most of Calatrava's works, it was awesome. Big, light and airy, it looked different from every vantage point. You should have seen J walking up to it 'Can we go this way? Wait, no, I want to see this side first..Whoa!' Kid in a candy store.