Visit the Grand Place, the...
Visit the Grand Place, the Sablon, the Atomium and Mini Europe, these are all places you must see, and .... wait until I discover more, I have been here for only 2 weeks.
The picture you see here is for Mini Europe. Since Brussels has become the Capital of Europe, it was extremely befitting for the Belge to create a mini Europe, where you can find a mini replica of all the famous European monuments. Well, I am still in the stage of building memories, but I am sure they will all be nice ones. :-)
THE TOWN HALL
THE TOWN HALL
When entering the Market Place from one of the seven side-streets, one's eyes are drawn automatically to the gothic tower of the town hall pointing skywards. Up to this day the 'Hotel de Ville', or 'Stadhuis' is considered to rank among the most beautiful city halls in the Low Countries.
About fries 2
But you can also order some meat to go with your fries and again. It's usually deep-fried and unhealthy but hey, once in a while! It's all part of the frites experience. The most traditional of meat is the « fricadelle ». I'd be hard pressed to say what's it's made of! All I know if that it is meat, looks like a sausage and it needs to be fried before serving. Frites et fricadelle is THE Belgian combination. You'll also find different kind of kebabs (« brochettes ») : regular, gipsy (« tzigane »), chicken wings, ardennaise (my favourite, with pieces of bacon), fish and even merguez (middle-eastern spicy sausage). All of the following also need to be fried. There's also a lot of different others weird stuff such as poulycroc or mexicano which I never dared to try... And then there is the cervelas, a cold sausage. It's quite old fashioned but one of the few non-fried meat option. The item known as « mitrailette » (shotgun) or « baguette » is simply fries and a meat of your choice inside half a French baguette. Not for the faint of heart!!! Of course, you will also find hamburger and the famous « bicky burger » (named after the « bicky sauce ») and even pita or durum (becoming widely available). On the opposite, the famous bowl of mussels (without the shell) is seldom seen these days. The possibilities are endless, really!
One last detail (but it has it's importance), if you ask your fries to go, they will be covered by a layer of paper to keep them warm. Real professionals know that a cut has to be made so the fries can breathe. Otherwise, they will turns all soggy because of the steam imprisoned by the paper and you don't that to happen. If that happens, then your fries guy/gal doesn't know what's it's doing. Bon appetit!
visit the Our Blessed Lady of...
visit the Our Blessed Lady of Laken Church.
The building of the gothic Our Blessed Lady of Laken Church (O.L.V. van Laken Kerk), by Poelaert, started in 1854, and was finished in 1908 by von Schmidt of Munich. He added the portal and the spire in memory of the first Queen of Belgium. This church nowadays serves as the burial-place of the members of the royal family like the late King Boudewijn I, and his predecessors.
I lived for 30 years in the...
I lived for 30 years in the area of NAMUR (45 km south of Brussels).
It was really nice, quiet in the countryside or near the city of Namur, with its citadel and so interesting museums and old streets.
But you can't compare it with Brussels ... everything is near your door and ... you can find everything !
Don't hesitate to move or to come to Brussels, you won't be disappointed !!!
Picture taken from the Citadel of Namur ... great view on the city with its river, the Sambre.