So lets take another look at Brussels - this time during the day.
|Just like in Brugge and Ghent, the houses like to|
compete to see which can stand the proudest.
|The Music Museum was formerly a fancy turn of the century (1900 that is) |
British department store.
|Blanka thought that Tom Bookhout would like this museum.|
|Comic strips have a long history in Belgium, Tin Tin being|
one of them that has also become popular in the US. There are
dozens of these huge wall painting in and around Brussels.
Three story high comic strips - pretty cool.
|This would be a cool house to live in.|
|Lunch time - where to eat … how about down these old stone steps|
into the king's cellar? Quite literally all you saw from the square was the
door and the menu board.
|As you descend down, the room opens up into this lovely space. It really could|
have been the wine cellar for the king.
|Blanka couldn't wait to dig into her delicious rabbit with|
"croquettes" (deep fried mashed potatoes.)
|Over the years, Brussels has kept growing so every couple of |
hundred years they build another wall around the city.
This happens to be from the first wall build in the 13 century.
|Of course this is pretty much in the center of the city and |
everyone seems to think nothing of building right on top of it.
|On to this enormous structure that we kept seeing in the distance. It is up|
on a hill and is probably bigger that two football fields. It was build to
house the Belgian Justice Department.
|I don't think I have ever seen any building that looked this imposing.|
|I suppose this building would intimidate anyone brought to justice here, just seems like a lot of very big stones piled very high just to issue justice.|
|Some quite delightful parks also scatter around Brussels.|
|And bigger and grander gardens as well.|
|The town hall is the center of the town and its tall tower makes sure it |
can be seen from nearly every where.
|Town hall, Brussel's style. It dominates the town square.|
|The detail of the stone work on the facade is astonishing. |
Hundreds of life sized statues ring the building.
|Flower market in the foreground adds color to the stately buildings|
across the square from the city hall.
|Not just little hole in the wall shops, but big ones like this!|
|I may make fun of this but I am the one that reaps the benefit - |
Blanka doesn't complain when I buy chocolates here.
|As for beer, Blanka was disappointed that this shop only has 250 different beers. |
She was quick to point out that there are at least 350 different Belgian beers.
|250 bottles of beer on the wall, 250 bottles of beer. Take one down and … .|
|We didn't finish the day with beer though, |
we finished it with another Belgian waffle!
Tomorrow we are off to France!