I flew into Brussels, Belgium, on my pilgrimage to Amsterdam to a.) check another country off my list, b.) explore another amazing European city, and c.)
sample gorge on the plethora of delectable culinary treats for which Belgium is so famous. (Infamous?) About 9 hours in Brussels consisted of cycles alternating between museums, eating, monuments, shopping, and eating. Not much to say about that except “yay,” so here are some moderately interesting photos and some babble:
As is glaringly obvious, food usually guides my travel goals and habits. Belgian waffles (The gooey, doughy ones with a crispy exterior and coated in sugar chunks. The REAL thing.) definitely belong at the top of my European food favorites. Opening a Belgian waffle house in USA= instant fortune.
I started my wanderings in Grand Place, the cultural center of Brussels. A huge open plaza surrounded by amazingly intricate buildings such as this one, Grand Place certainly gives a sense of grandeur. (And chocolate shops.) The universal European concept of establishing a city center is so much more logical and “explorable” than the sprawling nonsense of most American cities. (Boo LA!)
This is (debatably) one of the best European monuments. The Manneken Pis, literally “little man pee” in Dutch, is a puny little bronze fountain sculpture of a boy peeing. Simple and sweet. There are quite a few legends about this little chap, but the only one I remember/my favorite states that Mannekin Pis represents a baby king that the Dutch put in a basket during a war, then he peed on the opposition and the Dutch won. Epic war story.
Also, little pee dude is dressed up in international traditional clothing several times a week. I guess the day I went was Mexican pee boy day. And there was a TV crew filming a Dutch folk singer for some reason. Music video?
Delirium Cafe holds the world record for most kinds of beer available. This constitutes an important international site of global interest, thus I had to investigate. They have more than 2100 types! That’s a few more than America’s 99 bottles.