Thursday, April 28, 2011

Euro Trip Chapter 1: Brussels, Belgium

After our fun filled, spontaneous day in Paris, we arrived in Brussels, Belgium, ready to get to our hostel and just crash. After taking the bus for a little over 4 hours, and getting a little lost on the streets of Brussels, as I mentioned before, we did just that.

The next day, having many hours of fun at our disposal, we got up early to get our adventures started. First stop was to the bus station in order to make reservations for our bus to Germany. After making our reservations, we began wandering around the city, making a plan for what we would do that day. We decided that the first order of business would be to go to the Grande Place and see all of the beautiful architecture there. The buildings were truly magnificent. After the Grande Place, we decided to go and fond menneken- pis, a famous fountain that depicts a little boy peeing. We walked around for a while, taking in all the sights and sounds that Brussels has to offer. After walking for a little while, we see this giant group of people gathered around this tiny little corner. As we got closer, we realized that it was indeed menneken-pis, our desired destination. Our first reaction was definitely, "that's it?!?!". It is very hard to understand why this tiny statue of a little boy peeing is so famous, but we were still complete tourists and took pictures with, and of, it anyway.

Afterwards, we decided to get Belgian waffles, because they are a necessity while in Belgium. It was by far one of the nest waffles I have ever had. It was a traditional waffle, like the ones we make at home, but with a richer batter and sugar on top. I thouroughly enjoyed eating it.

Later on in the day, because we had seen every fountain in Brussels that is "peeing", we decided to take this walk that our map had recommended. It had said that the walk was a scenic tour of Brussels, down by the river; it was not. We started out the walk in a very sketchy neighborhood, and continued walking until we decided that we weren't really comfortable with the route we were taking. We then found a park, and sat there for a while before heading back to our hostel to hang out for a while until we had to go meet our overnight bus to Germany.

Brussels was all in all a cool city, and I'm glad we were able to see it.

Pictures to come when I get back to my computer in Angers.

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