Chocolates, Waffles, Fries, Beer, Brussels

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Brussels was the second stop on my Eurotrip. I absolutely loved it.

I spent a day and a half in the city of Brussels. The charming little city of Brussels has a handful of beautiful attractions and they should not be missed.

I started my day walking to the Manneken Pis. It is a bronze statue of a small boy peeing in the fountain. There are many myths about the origin of Manneken Pis. One myth suggests that the statue was built to honor an unknown child who urinated on the fuse of explosives which were meant to blow up the entire city during a siege. Another theory suggests that first the  fountain was erected by a father in memory of his lost son only to find him urinating on the corner of the streets two days later. The boy statue was built later at the same spot where the child was urinating.

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Manneken Pis

Whatever might be the truth, there is no doubt about its popularity among Belgian people. The statue was stolen by the soldiers of Louis XV in 1747. This caused a widespread anger among the residents. Not only did Louis XV returned the statue back to the people but also conferred the Medal of Honor to it. He also gifted the boy statue an outfit and since then, the boy statute gets to be dressed in different outfits on special occasions. What a lucky boy, indeed!

The quintessential picture from Belgium - Manneken Pis and Chocolate Waffle.
The quintessential picture from Belgium – Manneken Pis and Chocolate Waffle.

Post paying my respect to the Manneken Pis by giving a piece of cloth, I walked to the city center of Brussels called the Grand Place or Grote Markt. This square is regarded as the Europe’s most beautiful squares and is is surrounded by elegant old buildings and museums such as Town Hall (also called Hotel De Ville), Beluve Museum, Brewery Museum, Museum of the City and Royal Museum of Fine Arts.

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Also, a wide variety of Belgian delicacies are sold on the Grand Place. So I treated myself to mouth – watering Belgian chocolates, waffles and Frites. Belgium is also famous for its beer and one can spot many themed bars and shops around the city.

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After that, I made my way to Atomium amid heavy rains to see the building regarded as one of the European most bizarre buildings by CNN. Honestly, it did not look bizarre to me at all. It was more like a model of some chemical formula.

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Post this, I visited Mini Europe which is a miniature park located at the foot of the Atomium. I absolutely loved this place. Mini Europe is like a great trip around Europe where one can see miniature versions of the monuments of greatest cities in Europe. This visit made me want to visit some countries in Europe that I did not consider visiting before.

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Mini Europe located at the foot of the Atomium

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So all in all, it was a great day visiting Brussels and I totally recommend Brussels to all the travellers.

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12 thoughts on “Chocolates, Waffles, Fries, Beer, Brussels

  1. Wow Leena.. Beautiful city captured in wow kliks.. Atomium , the famous square, the churches, museums, beautiful people kissing each other, I remember it all !!! It all started when I decided to move out of Amsterdam and booked a day tour to Belgium. We boarded our bus from Amsterdam and moved through GENT towards Brussels. Initially I did not like the feel of the roads leading me to Brussels. They were dry and barren with heavy trucks imposing their presence and stalling the traffic. But what I did not know was that this feel of mine were soon to be annihilated. As I crossed the welcome board highlighting ” Welcome to brussels”, I could sense the nature calling me into its arms. Roads with greenery all around and beautiful tiny headlights greeted me and left me in an awe. From a distance , I could see this giant diamond like structure reminding me of my old school chemistry days. As we approached it, wec ame to know, it’s the famous Atomium.. Wow, what a sight it was, huge spheres connected with cylindrical pipes reminiscent of a diamond like structure. We stopped there to click some pictures and then moved on towards the center of the city. As our bus entered the center of the city, I could see these huge famous buildings like EU headquarters, WTO and a few more.
    Then came the turn of the real showpiece > the city of chocolates and churches !!! We could see our bus moving up the slope leading us to the central square. Surrounded by churches and gallows, it was a sight to behold. Planes crossing overby made the square like a theater with sound echoing all around. Then was the turn to explore the dark alleys with chocolate shops and souvenir shops and beautiful couples kissingand ofcourse the famous pissing boy . All of this made my day and I returned back with a sense of content and fulfillment. Although, it is the least popular city among Europeans when it comes to travelling around, the city stole my heart and made me its fan for eternity !!!

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