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    Bottled Water and Mineral Water

    by machomikemd Written Aug 29, 2015

    Favorite thing: Like in other Countries in Europe, There are two kinds of Containers where the Mineral and Spring and Distilled and Sprakling Water are sold here in Brussels, namely via the Plastic PET Bottles and the typical transparent Glass Bottles with either a re sealable cap or Pop up Cap and there are available in different sizes like 500 ml, 1 liter, 350 ml, 2 liter and a gallon and you can buy them everywhere at the Hotels, Convenience Stores, Restaurants, Shops, Souvenir Stalls, Market, etc .

    So the best deal is to find the convenience stores near your hotel or hypermarkets in whatever place you are staying in Brussels to buy some cheap bottled water as it only cost about 0.80 to 1.10 Euros for a 500 ml of Mineral water in PET Bottles and 1..60 to 2.50 Euros for a 2 liter PET Bottle of Mineral water at those establishments which are way cheaper than at the Restaurants or Hotels.

    Fondest memory: Better buy lots of mineral water PET Bottles at Convenience Stores to save money as you are not provided with complimentary bottled water in most hotels (even in 5 star ones) in Europe , even here in Brussels, unlike in Asia where it is a standard for most hotels of whatever category who give a pair of bottled water for free everyday

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    ATM (Automated Teller Machines) in Brussels

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 28, 2015

    Favorite thing: if your are not the type who wants pass on charges on withdrawing money through international Automated Machines and rather use your credit cards to save on withdrawal fees, then just use your credit cards here in Brussels, ok. Like in major cities, the ATM's here are mostly affiliated to international consortiums like Plus or Discover or Cirrus. Again a caveat, when you withdraw money via atms, there are 2 pass on charges (the first is by your local bank in your country and the second is the local bank here in Brussels) so I would recommend you withdraw large sums since the charges are the same whether you withdraw a pitiful amount or a large one. (limit is about 500 GBP per transaction). Although Getting local Euro Currency from ATM's are way cheaper than exchanging your foreign currency at the Money Exchange Shops, which has less competitive rates and charges commission fees ranging from 6% to 18% on your transactions.

    Again,l it is better to withdraw money at International ATM Machines here in Brussels than changing money from the money exchange shops as the machines don't charge a commision fee unlike the Money exchange shops.

    Fondest memory: Automated Teller Machines are numerous here in Brussels such as AXA Bank, ING Bank, Argenta Bank, BNP Paribas, Belfius Bank and other Bank's ATM's.

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    The Euro (ERU)

    by machomikemd Written Aug 28, 2015

    Favorite thing: Being part of the European Union and Eurozone, Belgium's Currency is the Euro (ERU) which is the main Currency of the Schengen Area As Well (with a few exceptions such as Switzerland which still uses the Swiss Franc and Croatia which uses the Croatian Kuna). 10 of the 28 Eurozone members use the Euro as Main Currency like Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain and since January 1, 2002 is the main Currency of the Eurozone.

    Even the Microstates such as Lichstenstein, The Vatican, San Marino, Andorra and Monaco use the Euro as the main currency of their states.

    Fondest memory: the Euro is divided into 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1, €2 coins and €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 Banknotes and you can exchange you local currency into euros from any bank, money exchange store, Hotels and ATM machines in and around Brussels.

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    The Comic Strip Route.

    by Maurizioago Updated Jul 25, 2015

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    Favorite thing: Here and there you can spot some big murals on many buildings and walls around the city. They are more than 30. These represent many cartoons characters. Probably these paintings were created to improve some areas in Brussels.

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    Derek Blyth, Flemish Cities Explored

    by halikowski Written Apr 23, 2015

    Favorite thing: The historic Belgian cities of Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Mechelen, Leuven and Ostend are some of the most beautiful and fascinating in Europe. The remarkable blossoming of Flemish art and architecture in the 15th century, and the rich history of a region at the crossroads of European history and trade have created an extraordinary diversity of sights in a relatively small area - not to mention an appetite for enjoyment that is revealed in some of the best cooking, brewing and general joie de vivre in Europe. "Flemish Cities Explored" guides the visitor through six cities on a series of walks that cover everything of interest from art galleries and museums to secret convents and convivial cafes. A clear and informative map accompanies each of the walks, together with illustrations of the beautiful, the quirky and the unmissable.

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    Ixelles

    by solopes Written Mar 4, 2015

    Favorite thing: In my previous visits to Brussels, Ixelles was something so out of the beaten path, that, I never approached it.
    Suddenly, Ixelles became "the centre" of Brussels , for a single reason - that's the quarter where my son Horácio is going to live for, at least, six months.

    Do you mind that, with his help, I dedicate to it a special attention now?

    Ixelles - Brussels Ixelles - Brussels

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    Art Nouveau Brussels...

    by arturowan Updated Nov 29, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Brussels is a city with bi-polar architecture - extremes, with not much in between...
    The old city is a paradise of Art Nouveau, with many buildings penned by the resident architect; Victor Horta...
    However, during the modernist-revolution, a lot of the Art Nouveau centres were demolished without any sentiment, including so many of the buildings designed by Horta - sacrilege indeed!
    So modern Brussels is a disparate mix of what I consider to be 'French architecture', side-by-side with the slab-sided, concrete monstrosities of MODERNISM...
    Few would argue that the modern high-rises are attractive, & they look all the more out-of-place, in the midst of so much classic Art Nouveau, but that is the nature of the new Brussels...

    Fondest memory: 2004
    Brussels was the first place I ever stepped on foreign ground - for that reason it will always be special to me...
    Central Brussels still has cobbled thoroughfares, not pleasant when walking or cycling in the wet, which it often is in this city...
    However, cobbled streets do have a charm about them, & I like to see this city after dark, with the street-lamps reflecting off the wet cobblestones, as might have inspired Van Gogh...
    Every street in the city-centre has a cafe & a beer-bar, with chairs & tables on the pavement - this is an essential characteristic of Brussels, & part of its charm, especially after dark...
    Brussels is a city of relaxed street-life, besides endless traffic congestion, but escape from the hustle & bustle is easy to achieve...

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    Delirium Tremens Beer

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 14, 2014

    Favorite thing: Delirium Tremens, introduced in 1989, is widely hailed as one of the world's finest beers. Tremens is brewed by Belgian beer maker Huyghe Brewery, which was founded in 1906 at the site of a previous brewery that was founded in 1654.

    Tremens comes in a 750 ml wine-style bottle painted to look like stone, complete with a foil-wrapped cork in the neck. The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a thin head, it has a rich, sweet flavor of citrus fruits and wheat, and is very strong at 8.5 % ABV.

    Website: www.delerium.be
    Address: Brusselse Steenweg 256, Melle, 9090 Belgium

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    TIB - Tourist Information Brussels

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jan 5, 2014

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    Favorite thing: The Brussels Tourist Information desks are located at:
    Town Hall of Brussels (ground floor)
    Grote Markt/Grand Place - B-1000 Brussels
    Tel: +32-2-5138940

    Brussels Info Place (BIP)
    Rue Royale 2 - B-1000 Brussels
    Tel: +32-2-5138940

    Brussels Airport
    Office de Promotion du Tourisme
    Arrival Hall - 7/7

    Zuid station/Midi Station
    Central concourse

    The European Parliament building
    Rue Wiertz 43 , building A. Spinelli

    TIB website

    USEFUL LINKS:
    Local weather
    Interactive Brussels map
    Google Map of Brussels
    Brussels events
    Brussels Card
    Traffic cams
    Brussels start page (Dutch)
    Brussels deals (Dutch)

    TIB at the Town Hall Brussels Attractions Where to go at Brussels Attraction signpost Attractions in each direction!
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    Leffe Radieuse Beer

    by Ewingjr98 Written Mar 2, 2013

    Favorite thing: I was introduced to Leffe when I lived in Germany in the late 1990s, and it has been one of my favorite breweries in the world ever since. Their blonde, brun, and rouge beers have become staples on my beer shelves anytime I can find it. InBev, the largest beer conglomerate in the world, now owns Leffe, but the beers are still good, and it seems their lineup is expanding.

    In 2013, I found Leffe Radieuse Beer at a grocery store in Japan. This Belgian Strong Ale has the familiar taste and smell of the other Leffe beers, but is extremely strong at 8.5 percent alcohol. The beer pours a nice amber-brown color, with a thick, foamy head. The smell and flavor are heavy and diverse with n amazing mix of complex flavors.

    Not the best beer in the world, but very unique.

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    Asslan v Haus Schiran in Brussels

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 11, 2013

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    Favorite thing: We got an opportunity to visit Brussels with Irina and our German shepherd Asslan v Haus Schiran in August of 2000.
    It was a trip to the German Shepherd Bundessiegerzuchtschau (SV BSZS) in Bremen where our Asslan v Haus Schiran got his first excellent mark (vorzuglih). It was our second trip to Germany with Asslan and I planned to visit Paris via Brussels on the way back to Moscow from Bremen.

    Our visits in many European cities have never happened if our dog Asslan v Haus Schiran and his participating in dog-shows in Germany.

    You can watch my 1 min 36 sec Video Asslan v Haus Schiran in Brussels out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

    Asslan v Haus Schiran in Brussels Asslan v Haus Schiran in Brussels Asslan v Haus Schiran in Brussels Asslan v Haus Schiran in Brussels
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    Walk Brussels II

    by gwened Written Jan 5, 2013

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    Favorite thing: One of the highlights of my trip is to walk the cities that I visit, Brussels is one of my favorite cities so coming here often on business and pleasure over the years since 1990/ this time took the family and it was superb.

    I like to share some of the sights of this wonderful city, first coming in with my parents then girlfriend ,then wife, and then kids....

    Fondest memory: walk and do it with family, the best way to see a city.period.

    memorial to armored divisions (blind��) blvd adolphe max to pl broekere architecture and history Zenith blvd adolphe max architecture statues blvd adolphe max statues on buildings
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    walk Brussels I

    by gwened Written Jan 5, 2013

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    Favorite thing: One of the highlights of my trip is to walk the cities that I visit, Brussels is one of my favorite cities so coming here often on business and pleasure over the years since 1990/ this time took the family and it was superb.

    I like to share some of the sights of this wonderful city, first coming in with my parents then girlfriend ,then wife, and then kids....

    Fondest memory: walk and get to know the city ,the people, the beat of a country.

    monument to fallen at pl Poelaert street sights and statues and tramways pl louise going on stefania pl louise the tour Noir
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    have a ride in Brussels with Santa

    by gwened Updated Jan 5, 2013

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    Favorite thing: well weather a ride is by foot or car or how about bikes at Christmas time riding Santa Claus around, great sights and good fun, all seen while walking Brussels

    http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/front/home/display/clt/BE_en/section/visiteur.do

    Fondest memory: seeing bikers wearing santa claus garments riding around town...

    close up by Rue de l'H��pital the bikers by the royal palace afar by Rue de l'H��pital
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    Palais de Justice or Justice palace

    by gwened Written Jan 4, 2013

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    Favorite thing: this is the biggest justice palace I have seen in person,and it sits in the biggest plaza in Brussels Place Poelaert , and even bigger than the basilica St Peter at Rome.
    the area is very nice and just to the right of it you can see an eye view of the city below , at night is wonderful the views. There are stores and restos all around this area and easy transport with tram 92 that we took.

    By a royal decree in 1860,under the reign of king Léopold Ier, the founding king, the palace was finally completed in 1883 after the death of the king and the architect of the work Joseph Poelaert; it was open by king Léopold II

    its an impressive building that was in scaffolds under renovations when we got around it.

    Fondest memory: the cheer size and the magnificent views from the pl Poelaert to the city were superb.

    the front of palais de justice from pl poelaert up close palais de justice works underway the views to city from pl poelaert the highrise stairs to lower town on pl poelaert mem tothe fallen at pl Poelaert
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