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Bruxelles-Capitale

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  • Day7

    Last day in Brussels

    February 7 in Belgium ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    So that's my last day in Brussels before I head of tomorrow onwards to Bruges. It was spent walking around and enjoying the relaxed vibe of the city.

    Not really sure what to say about Brussels it's super different to anywhere I have been. One minute your in the most incredible old traditional square surrounded by tourists, gold plated buildings and chocolate shops the next your in the metropolitan shopping street surrounded by new and high rise buildings and development.

    It's a super cool place to be and I loved having a night out last night, met some cool people, practiced my Spanish a bit and got by great however the Belgian beer was a tad strong and I slept until like 11am 😂😂.

    People are lovely and friendly as well and the trams are pretty cool to be fair. Also so many Irish bars!!

    All round a lovely place to see and spend time. Looking forward to meeting a friend tomorrow
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  • Day7

    Bookings and Belgian Waffles

    July 8, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Today didn’t go quite as planned as we checked out of our Grand Place apartment and into a hastily booked new apartment...... only to find T had not realised the booking made last night was for 8th -10th.... of October!!! The lovely staff member gave us some free wifi to be able to book something necessary for tonight and tomorrow!!
    The day was made better by a “private tour” of the city by the wonderful Hendrik and Steve where we learnt the country’s National symbol is the fountain of a small fat boy peeing out of a v small penis!! Many tourists come purely to see this insignificant fountain.... we moved onto the Belgian Waffle House for waffles and beer!!! Lovely to catch up with Hendrik and meet Steve and learn random facts re the city’s history and buildings
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  • Day6

    Brussels

    February 6 in Belgium ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    Arrived in Brussels super early and super fast only 1.5 hours to get here from Paris and it feels like a different world.

    Just been round the sights of the centre before checking into the hostel.

    It's pretty special I must admit.
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  • Day6

    Tour de France Day 2- Team time trial

    July 7, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Another cracking day stood at the start of the Team Time Trial where the teams race over 27,6kms reaching speeds of 64kms!!!
    The winning team contained George Bennett our NZ rider from Nelson!!
    Worth standing and holding our place for 3 hours .... but didn’t take too kindly when some man asked if we could move so his little child ( who had no interest in the race) could see, 5 mins before the start, just so he could muscle in- the answer was a definitive no!!
    Meeting Kate’s friend Hendrik for a drink at a v European time... 9pm!!! On a Sunday night!! We r usually asleep by then!
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  • Day5

    Start of the Tour de France!!

    July 6, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Great morning!! Positioned right at the front of the podium for the riders sign in..... little did we realise it was 11am not 9am! Got a great view of the actual yellow jersey.
    Won ugly hats by cheering in the dance off!
    Then ran down the road for the official start of the Tour de France 2019. Now off to walk to try to get best position for the finish of Day 1
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  • Day5

    Finish of the Tour de France Day 1

    July 6, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Sadly didn’t make it to the finish line of the TDF as just too many people deep to be able to get a good view so settled for a great spot just before the 1kms to go banner.
    Cheered everyone in and then back to Grand Place for a couple of beers as plan tomorrow time trial viewingRead more

  • Day14

    Brüssel

    June 14 in Belgium ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Brüssel ist groß. Ein Schmelztiegel der Kulturen. Französische Einflüsse treffen auf arabische und Flämische. Bistros und Gemüsehändler in einer unglaublichen Architektur. Ich habe übrigens gedacht das dass Männeken Piss größer ist.... und ich habe das weibliche Pendant dazu gefunden... sie ist versteckt in einer kleinen Gasse und hinter Gittern...aber es gibt sie ..Voila... Mademoiselle PissRead more

  • Day16

    Brussels part 1

    August 20, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    So we arrived Brussels after an easy journey from Amsterdam, but it was quite tricky to find our air BnB. Once we had, we wished we hadn't bothered. It was truly scuzzy ... Feelings about it not helped by the police incident going on at the top of the road! 5 minutes with Google and a hotel was booked, and it's just fabulous. Named Hotel Mozart, but we're sure it used to be Hotel Morocco or similar - it's so ornate. And within 2 minutes of starting our exploration of the area, we fell into the Grand Place. Had a curry for dinner and just cosied down on our private balcony and in our beautiful room!Read more

  • Day17

    Brussels part 2

    August 21, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Covered a lot of ground and got very hot today. Found the Mannekin Pis, then metroed to Atomium. I was very brave ... And it was interesting and worth the effort, in spite of the queues. Also included in ticket price was Adam, the Design Museum, full of plastic furniture etc. from last 60 years. Lots of very cool pieces. Fell into bed on return, and fortunately revived sufficiently to order takeaway to eat on our balcony and watch some of Independence Day. Finally I went out alone to join the crowds in the Grand Place by night- magic! Yet our hotel is really quiet. Perfect.Read more

  • Day15

    Exploring Brussels

    September 18, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    We started the day with a nourishing breakfast at a lovely cafe - Le Pain Quotidien - located in the Gallerie de la Reine (we are practically neighbours). Ian had scrambled eggs and bacon, and I had their special Quotidien breakfast, which included a soft boiled egg, apple juice, coffee, bread and a croissant. It was delicious, but I couldn’t eat all the bread. We then headed off to the supermarket to pick up some supplies. On our way back to the apartment, Ian located the Fontaine de Jeanneke-Pis (little girl pissing) - a companion to Manneken-Pis - which was installed down a laneway, and not the easiest to find.

    After dropping off our supplies (climbing up 3 floors of steep steps), we headed out to the Grand Place, Brussels’ central square, which is literally 200 metres from our apartment. We walked around and took some lovely snaps before heading off in search of Manneken-Pis, a bronze statue of a boy urinating into a fountain basin (it is Dutch for Little Pissing Man). The one on the street is a replica of the original statue that was designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the elder, and was installed in 1619.The original statue is kept in the Museum of the City of Brussels, and is the best known symbol of the people of Brussels and also embodies their sense of humour. Today it was dressed in a costume.
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