|Left to right: Katty, Hanne, Sven, Niels, Roza, Blanka.|
If you are wondering, they are under a mushroom and on top of
the mushroom is a Smurf. More Smurf later in the blog.
I am sure you can't wait.
They joined us at Roza's home in Diegem, on the outskirts of Brussels, and together we took the train into downtown Brussels.
|Between the clouds and late hour (about 6:00 pm) picture taking was a bit of a|
challenge. The Town Hall tower, however, is still dramatic in its dominance over
|Typical street in Brussels. Unlike Brugge and Ghent that are very Flemish|
in building style, Brussels is a mix of Flemish and French. This street
reflects the French influence.
|Shopping center - Brussels style. Covered promenade goes |
for several blocks with all sorts of specialty shops.
|Like this Chocolatier shop. There seems to be chocolate|
shops all over the place. In Brugge there were 47, I have
no idea how many are in Brussels.
|As it began to get dark we found our way to this narrow street that has|
one restaurant after another.
|As you can see, the awnings hang out to the middle of the street, |
and no shortage of places to eat.
|At last, food. And not just any food, but really good|
Belgian food. Blanka had a traditional Flemish dish
called Gentse Waterzooi, a type of chicken stew.
|I elected to try a sea food platter of lobster, shrimp, cray fish and other|
interesting things with legs, pinchers and eye balls still attached.
|Satisfied diners as caught by the budding 9-year old photographer Hanne.|
Sven wanted to make sure we got to see the famous "Manneke Pis". Yes, it translates in English to: "Little Boy Peeing". This little boy has been a Brussels attraction since 1618. He was initially a fountain providing drinking water to the citizens of Brussels. By the 18th century he evolved into the image and symbol of Brussels' independence and ability to make fun of itself.
|Hanne selfie with her grandmother, Roza.|
|Niels wants to make sure his funny face antics were|
properly captured on the camera.
|And back to the train station with just enough time |
to tank up at Starbucks before catching
the last train of the day back to Diegem.