Brussels Belgium is a beautiful city

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.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brussels, Atomium #1

We were so glad, as it started to rain when we arrived.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brussels, Atomium #2

That didn’t stop us having fun and doing a “selfie”.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brussels, Atomium #3

It was fascinating in and out – we loved the stairs and escalators and felt like we were in outer space.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brussels, Atomium #4

You could see all of Brussels from the top ball.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brussels, Atomium #5

We continued on into the city we walked through cobblestone streets and past famous restaurants in little lane-ways.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brussels, restaurants
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Exploramum and Explorason – Brussels, lane-way restaurants

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.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brussels shopping

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.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brussels, Grand Place # 1
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Exploramum and Explorason – Brussels, Grand Place skyline
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Exploramum and Explorason – Brussels, Grand Place # 3

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.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brussels, Grand Place # 4

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.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brussels, The boy who put out the 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.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brussels, St Michel’s Cathedral

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.

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Exploramum and Explorason – overlooking Brussels

On the way we saw the metal building and the Theatre.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brussels, Theatre

We arrived at the Royal Palace. This is really used for offices, and formal ceremonies. No-one lives here.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brussels, Royal Palace

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.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brussels, afternoon tea

As we walked back to the car we had a look at the lovely Metropolis Hotel. Stunning!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brussels, Metropolis Hotel

We then drove to another park, Cinquantenaire/Jubel Park.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brussels

It was a great end to a great day in Brussels.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Goodbye Brussels

 

 

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