Grand’Place, how I love thee.

From my residence hall, Résidence Olympique, it’s about a 5 minute walk to Grand’Place. What is Grand’Place, you ask? Well, I first knew of it as the tram stop I needed to get off at to make it back home.

But now, it’s so much more.

You see, after getting off the tram, you walk up these stairs through the human-only gates (it’s like those gates that prevent cars from going in certain areas, but these are for… something other than walking humans?) and into… a MALL. Yeah, that’s right. It’s a decent sized mall with two floors filled with PATISSERIES and CLOTHES.

But wait, there’s more!

Then, you head towards the CARREFOUR at the end. A Carrefour is basically the WalMart of grocery stores here. It has everything. A bakery, a charcuterie, some fromage. How can I help myself when surrounded with so many French goodies?

The answer: I didn’t.



Not pictured: today’s pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant)! I wanted it in my mouth FAST.

Psst, which one looks better?

This cheese. Has been stinking up my fridge (and room) since I opened it. Usually a HUGE fan of fromage du chêvre, this one is a little strange. The goat cheese in the US is always crumbled or in block form. This was in wheel form with a hardened cheese crust all around. I never know what to do with those things. Do you eat it? Do you peel it like a banana?


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  • Isa

    It depends on the cheese! Some of them you can eat the rinds – but if it’s wax, peel it :P

    • Michelle

      Hahaha! Thank you for answering the question! So far I’ve gone with “when in doubt, just eat it” and it’s worked fine. But now I know! :)

  • Arman @ thebigmansworld

    I LOVE carrerfour, especially the ham and cheese sections! Unless it is specified wax, you can most definitely eat it! The texture of the cheese in France is so much more dense than the Western counterparts!

    • Michelle

      I KNOW. It’s so dangerous having to walk through there DAILY to get on the tram (not really but this is what I tell myself). I got some tartes there (guilty face).