Road signs for tourists
When walking around in Brussels you can see signs like the one in my picture here and there. They show the directions to the nearby tourist attractions. Unfortunately the distances to the attractions were missing, but they were still helping me when I got confused in the streets around Grand Place.
There is a lot to see and do...
There is a lot to see and do in this lovely city. the following is a list of suggestions. 1. See the Grand Place- one of Europe's best collections of buildings, this will ' knock your socks off' , as they say . Stunning 15th and 17 th Century guilded buildings. Have your photo taken ! 2. Cathedrale St. Michel- see this building from the outside, then enjoy the stunning interior. With it's Gothic towers, this a lovely sight. 3. Have a look at the Palais de Justice. 4. See the famous little boy ' Manneken pis ' - yes the little statue where the boy , er, well you know . ( think fountains ) ( Rue de L'Etuve ) 5. If you love food, check out 'restaraunt row ' - namely the Rue de Bouchers- a culinary paradise. ( not cheap but very good ) 6. Check out some of the chocolate shops ! Simply the best chocolate in the world . Try Neuhaus on rue de L'etuve. The taste of these chocolates, ...( not if you are on a diet ) 7. See some of the museums- Musee d'Art Ancien( Rue de la Regence ) Alternatively, Musee Gueze - family brewery - free samples too ! ( Rue Gheude 56 ) 8. Atomium- a Iron molecule several billion times bigger than real life. Built for 1958 World's Fair, this is worth seeing . You can go inside the molecule, with interesting exhibits on it's construction, plus a humorous cartoon strip display- something still popular with all ages in Belgium. 9. Take a stroll around Parc de Bruxelles, enjoy a beer or soft drink . Several. Grand Place is stunning. Rue de Bouchers enjoyable. Atomium fun and great for photos !
Manneken Pis is a bronze statuette of a naked peeing boy situated atop a fountain. It was built in 1619.
Sometimes you can see this little boy dressed. He has a rich wardrobe you can see in the City Museum in Grand Place.
There are some legends about it. According to one of them a witch saw a little boy makings his things against her door. She lived where the fountain now stands. The witch was very angry so that she turned him into a statue. Another legend says that a man had lost his little son. After two days he found him near the place where now the fountain is situated. When the father spotted his child, the latter was peeing. As a token of gratitude the father had the fountain with a statue of a peeing boy built.
Brussels in Summertime
'Brussels' during summer seems
to slow down a lot.
The buildings look much nicer , people
walk slower and the parks and gardens
come to life.
My fovorite spot to lie back is the 'warandepark'
in front of the royal palace.
Lately it got restored , big works...
It got this nice statues , fountains and a geometrical
Take the underground 'parc , park'
designed garden concept.
It is also here that the revolt started against the
dutch domination and a little bit that Belgium
The stock exchange building is situated in the central part of the city, in some steps from Grote Markt. The stock exchange in Brussles was founded in 1801 by Napoleon. This building was built in 1871-1873 by Suys architect.