Brussels Belgium is a beautiful city
On Sunday we were loaded into our friend’s car, and he became our tour guide and showed us around Brussels.
First we went to see the Atomium – this huge scientific atom symbol made in 1958 as part of the World Expo.
We were so glad, as it started to rain when we arrived.
That didn’t stop us having fun and doing a “selfie”.
It was fascinating in and out – we loved the stairs and escalators and felt like we were in outer space.
You could see all of Brussels from the top ball.
We continued on into the city we walked through cobblestone streets and past famous restaurants in little lane-ways.
The colour and aroma made me feel more like I was in a Middle-Eastern market place. It is called RUE DES BOUCHERS.
Once again we were seeing lots of Belgium chocolate shops, lace shops and traditional Belgium fare in GALERIE SAINT HUBERT.
One highlight was the TinTin store for Explorason.
We checked out the City Hall of Brussels at Grande Place and it is a magnificent square.
We rubbed the lady statue – a positive tradition of Belgium too. Though we learnt the real one was wearing out and was moved to a museum. But the copy is just as popular.
Next to walk to was the famous Brussels Pissing Boy or “Manneken Pis” – we are amazed at how small he was and the legend was he put out the city fire.
Other sights were St. Michel’s Cathedral, where we sat inside for a while and Explorason had a rest. We had walked quite a way already.
As we headed to the Royal Palace there was much to see, and pretty gardens overlooked the city. There was a small maze like side garden my son ran around in.
On the way we saw the metal building and the Theatre.
We arrived at the Royal Palace. This is really used for offices, and formal ceremonies. No-one lives here.
We walked all the way back. There was time for traditional chips Pommes frites – Belgium style with mayonnaise and onion, and then a while after we stopped for some afternoon tea at a gorgeous pub.
We had covered so much ground, and my Explorafriend’s poor feet we aching in her boots.
As we walked back to the car we had a look at the lovely Metropolis Hotel. Stunning!
We then drove to another park, Cinquantenaire/Jubel Park.
It was a great end to a great day in Brussels.