Wednesday, July 15th ~ Belgium
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next stop – Bruges!
Gratitude Moment: Today I am grateful for chocolate. I think that one is pretty self-explanatory…