Tours & Walks, Brussels
This area is where the christmas market in Brussels. I believe this one is in the ' Vismarkt ' a short walk from the Grand Place and Bourse. Thanks to Norali a Vt friend who showed me the xmas market...I got wrong info before and now I found it right!
Fondest memory: I like the carousel although it's for kids...well, it wasn't an ordinary one, isn't it antique Norali?
The other side of the church was spot lighted in BLUE very Nice at night!..probably it's because chistmas, it caught attentions to many people.
Fondest memory: Haha...I remember at the side of this church there were an open male toilet for urinating, you can see them facing the wall while using it... but it was a toilet I witnessed. Since it's an open air, the smell was hell! I I just don't know what the idea behind of putting a toilet like that, I should be mistaken for a temporay one during xmas but I think no.
The first time I saw the church was in daylight, I was together with Norali a VT friend who toured me around the area of Vismarkt, Brussel where this church nearby. Actually I was more attracted to the architecture inside rather than the pink spoted at night.
The following day, I returned to the same place and took this picture, that time was dark enough to view the church in pink.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of this place?...Hmmm, the churrus stall where I bougth my hot choco and Norali found her first taste of Churrus a typical spanish delicacy, then on the right side of the pic was a stall of belgian fries/specialties. I bought a pack of fries and shared it with Norali. The nice thing is, I am thankful to discover the place and just the next day I went back here with hubby, Kyle and my sister.
BRUSSELS IS THE CITY FOR LOVERS OF ALL KIND
Maybe it does not have the romanticism of Paris or Venice, but it has its charm and a lot to offer for the body and mind: art, museums, food, beers, sights, outdoors...
Keep all your senses alert and the city will enchant you in a surprising way!
I will open-up my heart and present you some of my favourite and -dear- places I still like to go to.
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.
Fondest memory: Well, I am still in the stage of building memories, but I am sure they will all be nice ones. :-)
on our way to the central place ("Grote Markt") we passed by these beautiful little streets, full of souvenir shops and restaurants. Here you´ll find the famous belgican choclate and all other typical stuff.
In the background of the picture are already buildings of the Grand Place.
Walk around town, it's such a pleasure walking in Brussels, with all the grand and awesome buildings, endless world class shops, galleries and restaurants, and lots of musicians playing different instruments day and night on street corners.
Fondest memory: Greatest city overall
In our short time in Brussels, we went to see :
The Grand Place - The main square in Brussels. Here are some old buildings - the Hotel De Ville, Maison Du Roi and the Guildhalls. All very beautiful buildings in the old part of Brussels with its cobbled streets. The Royal Palace is nothing special but worth the walk to as the Parc De Bruxelles is opposite and is worth a pleaseant walk around. If you fancy a long walk, you can walk out to the EU area, theres not much there to see but a few European Parliament buildings. The Mannekin Pis is probably one of Brussels most famous attractions. It's a small statue of boy having a slash! Theres also a great cafe culture in Brussels and just off the streets of the Grand Place are some nice restaurants where of course you will have to try some Mussels from Brussels!
Fondest memory: I remember wandering around Brussels and seeing the pavement artists. Some of their work was incredible and seemed such a shame that people would eventually end up walking over their designs or rain would wash them away. There was always a crowd around them.
Walk around the Grand Place, munching on a fresh Belgian waffle that was spread with chocolate.
Fondest memory: Walking around the Grand Place one evening in early December, when the annual Christmas Market was set up inside the courtyard. There was a bit of snow falling, all of the ancient buildings were lit beautifully, and the air smelled of pine boughs/hot cider/fresh waffles. Perfect!
When visiting Brussels, a must is to stroll around at night time. Everything is lit up well, making the buildings look absolutley stunning at night. People are all about at night, and we saw this one woman juggling flames in the middle of a street.
Fondest memory: My best memory of Brussels was when me and my girlfriend went to the National Park (Garden?). We got there, and it ended up raining really hard, so we were stuck underneath some trees for a while, seeking shelter (don't worry, Europe never really has lightening storms, it just drizzles or pours rain)After awhile, we got tired of waiting for the rain to calm down, so we ran like a kilometer to our hotel. It was a really romantic thing, being stuck in the rain in that beautiful park....i'm clueless as to why I took no pictures of the park. The park is across the street from the Royal Palace.
Favorite thing: walk througt the city. Brussels must be discovered slowly. Don't miss the 'art nouveau' buildings, the 'sablon', the Woluwe parks, the Japanese tower and the Chinese house. En don't forget : 'Belgium where rain is typically'
Favorite thing: Our visit continues: we drive in front of the magnificent Palace of Justice and see the fashionable Louise Square. Passing the stately Royal Square, the Royal Palace and the Houses of Parliament we arrive in the Cinquantenaire district, the Triumphal Arch, exceptional museums and splendid Art Nouveau houses are the highlights of this part of Brussels.
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 .
Fondest memory: Several. Grand Place is stunning. Rue de Bouchers enjoyable. Atomium fun and great for photos !
You must spend time around Grand Place (Grote Markt), many people around walking, looking at the beutiful buldings around...
Fondest memory: Well spending time among the crowd was great, but I loved the park in Heysel where you can see the famous Atomium and Mini Europe..
You feel as if you are far from all the problems..I felt lucky to feel the sprit of the coming spring..