Manneken Pis, Brussels
This statue of a little boy in a somewhat compromising position has since several centuries been a major tourist attraction in the city. When most people see our 'manneken', the first reaction is always one of amazement: 'Look, how small he is ! Why does everybody want to see him ?' The people of Brussels, however, accept him the way he is. After all, it doesn't always have to be big to be beautiful. Imagine he would be the size of the Statue of Liberty : Brussels would be continuously flooded !
My fondest memory?? Having my picture taken standing next to the world famous Manneken Pis. :-) This famous 'boy' - the City's mascot and only 24-inch in height - can be seen every day and night at the corner of Eikstraat/Stoofstraat (just a stone's throw away from the Grand Place). To be exact, it's just a 3-minute walk.
HOT TIP: Before you come to Brussels, DO check with the Belgium Tourist Office if the Manneken is donning a new costume whilst you're there. Why? Because during that period, he'd be p**ing beer instead of water!
MANNEKEN PIS...A symbol of irreverence to some, this label of a little boy urinating is seen as vulgar by the Ohio liquor control agency, which wants it banned.
'Pis, this is bad taste' says this article which appeared in the Singapore newspaper, 'The Straits Times' on 8 April 2000.
The US state of Ohio is banning a Belgian white ale because the label features Brussels' famous statue of a boy urinating, Manneken Pis, the Brussels newspaper Le Soir reported.
The Ohio liquor control agency said no to the brew - also named Manneken Pis - because it runs afoul of a state law that prohibits images deemed 'grotesque or in bad taste'' the French-language newspaper said.
'A little boy urinating: that's vulgar. Add to that, the name, the yellow tint of the label, and the product which suggests the color of urine...It's gross' the agency's spokesman Patty Haskins was quoted as telling Le Soir's New York correspondent.
Manneken Pis the statuette has been doing his thing on a street corner in old Brussels since the 17th century, much to the delight of tourists and Belgians who see it as symbol of irreverence.
(Courtesy of 'The Straits Times' Singapore)
Go see Brussels Citizen Nr 1 : Manneken Pis.
As you can see, he is already in a very European Mood. By the way it is also one of Mr Naidu's best friends.
I guess it's no need for words for this famous spot of Brussels!
If you also want your own Pis picture just have a look at the souvenir shop besides Manneke Pis, it was even for free ...
Favorite thing: Manneken-pis - what I didn't realise is that they dress the statue up in clothes from time to time. And yep, he did leave the seat up.
Favorite thing: This small boy saved the city from the fire, very popular place to make photos and a lot of souvenirs in the dozens of the shops near-by.
Favorite thing: Wander around the narrow streets off the Grandsplatte- you'll find the Mennekin Pis! This is such a funny little statue, just sitting there on the corner!