A European experience wouldn't be complete without a visit to France. France is the largest and most popular country in Europe, and with good reason. Its superb cuisine, rich culture and history, and awe-inspiring architecture makes a visiter wish they were French.
Travel about 314 kilometers (196 miles) north of Paris, and you'll arrive in Brussels, Belgium's capital. Belgium is arguably the best place in the world for chocolate, waffles, fries, and beer, and its architecture makes you feel like you've traveled back in time.
Keep scrolling to marvel at the beauty of these two western European countries.
Capital: Paris | Language: French | Population: 66.9 million | Fun Fact: The world's most popular tourist destination.
The following photos were taken in the cities of Paris and Versailles.
Capital: Brussels | Language: Dutch, French | Population: 11.3 million | Fun Fact: Holds a world record for castles.
The following photos were taken in the cities of Brussels, Ghent, and Bruges.