Don Quichote & Pancho
Brussels- Spanjeplein - very close to the Central railway station. A square up on your way to the "Great Market" place.Three remarkable vieuws - the impressing statue of Don and Pancha - an other statue of Bela Bartok and at last the beautiful restored facades of many Hotels - this all on a carless square ! "Boterhammen in de Stad "- already the 14th edition of a free music festival in the heart of Brussels, conducted by Don Quichote and Pancha himself ??!!
Taking a bus ride to Waterloo was one of the highlights of my Brussels visit. Passing through the busy shopping districts and going into the countryside, passing by pretty little villages, bars and cafes made the ride enjoyable. And the fields near the Waterloo monument are unbelievable. It's so difficult to believe that a bloody battle was ever fought in this serene and peaceful place! However the monument itself is a little disappointing...you kind of expect something more...perhaps, larger than life?
Grote Markt. Guild Houses
There is wonderful complex of the guild houses that surrounded the square. It is very impressive ensembl including 2 dozen of the houses at least. Ensembl grew year by year since XV century. Like all other building the guild houses were destroyed in 1695 and then restored in XVIII-XIX centuries.
good bye brussels
In any case, the irish blokes in Brussels were pretty okay. They were a group of eight traveling together, and a very highly entertaining eight at that. One of them just had to give high fives every two minutes. My
hand was pretty sore the next morning. Hehehe. At some point during the night - 3 am I think - the Canadian girls and I decided that it was time to hit the sack.
Also, the Canadian girls were going to catch a train to brugges the next day. I followed them to the train station, kissed the Canadian girls goodbye and left fate to decide the course of my trip. I turned around and bumped into the three English girls form my room at the Centre Vincent Van Gogh. They were going to Amsterdam.
And that’s how I ended up going to Amsterdam with Kathy, Karen and Anna. Three English girls if there were ever any.
Notre Dame de la Chapelle
At the end of the Keizerlaan/Bouvelvard de l'empereur, you will find a little church at your left hand side.
It is the Notre Dame de la Chapelle.
When I visited I only had 5 minutes time because they were closing the church for the day.
I am told that this church is very much frequented by the Polish community in Brussels.