Belgium ~ Mussels in Brussels, Atomium and the Grand Place

Wednesday, July 15th ~ Belgium

A little cafe where we ate lunch in Brussels

A little cafe where we ate lunch in Brussels

We are leaving for dinner shortly, but I wanted to show the highlights from our brief stop in Brussels. Only having 4 hours here is almost criminal, but sadly that was all our tour allowed. Since I only have a few minutes, this will be brief with a some pictures and links where you can get more information.

Our weather has been overcast with the occasional light rain.

The Atomium was constructed for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. Today it is a museum. The stainless steel spheres form an iron crystal that has been magnified 165 billion times. 

Atomium and fountain

Atomium and fountain

Atomium

Atomium

Manneken Pis is probably one of the most famous symbols of Brussels. It is a very small bronze statue of a young boy going wee into a fountain. On certain holidays he can be dressed up in a variety of costumes, but he was bare today.

It is hilarious to watch everyone taking

It is hilarious to watch everyone taking “selfies”

Manneken Pis

Manneken Pis

The Grand Place (or Grote Markt) is the central square of Brussels. It is known as one of the most beautiful squares in Europe and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The panorama at the top of this page shows more of the buildings, including a variety of guild halls.

Grand Place

Grand Place

Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

Belgium is famous for their chocolate and waffles. This is where frites (what we call french fries) originated. They are served with mayonnaise or vinegar instead of ketchup. And of course mussels.

A wonderful bucket of fresh mussels

A wonderful bucket of fresh mussels

Joanne and Tim enjoying our lunch break where we had to have

Joanne and Tim enjoying our lunch break where we had to have “Mussels in Brussels”

Chocolate stores can be found everywhere

Chocolate stores can be found everywhere

Belgium chocolates are heavenly

Belgium chocolates are heavenly

Next stop – Bruges!

Gratitude Moment: Today I am grateful for chocolate. I think that one is pretty self-explanatory…

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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4 Responses to Belgium ~ Mussels in Brussels, Atomium and the Grand Place

  1. This place sounds amazing! Brilliant artwork, architecture, and food… Great post and photos! Hope you are having a lovely day 🙂

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  2. RuthsArc says:

    Your posts are bringing back many happy memories. Brussels looks good on with grey skies.

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  3. Nice ! Manneke Pis is dressed most days though, maybe he was in between costumes ;-). And if you ever come back you should see the Town Hall on the Grand Place by night. They do a lightshow on the building that’s worth seeing.

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