This was the trip that never happened last fall thanks to a missed Delta flight. So, we added an extra two days during the rebooking process, thinking that we would take a train to Bruges for an overnight, partly because once we mentioned we were going to Brussels, people asked if we were going to Bruges. Every time. So, yes, we are going to Bruges. :)
Rebooking the Brussels hotel turned into a bigger hassle than originally expected and while we managed not to lose any money in the process, it means we are only staying one night at Le Meridian and the rest of the time in a small B&B nearby. This is partially due to overall cost and partially due to the fact that the B&B looked very charming and included breakfast.
I have a ton of places highlighted on my map, mostly having to do with beer and chocolate, so if anyone has any suggestions about not-to-miss restaurants or museums, we’d love to hear it!