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  • Day7

    Bookings and Belgian Waffles

    July 8 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

    Tour de France Day 2- Team time trial

    July 7 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 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 1Read more

  • Day5

    Finish of the Tour de France Day 1

    July 6 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 viewing

  • Day16

    Brussels part 1

    August 20 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 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 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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  • Day15

    Musee des Instruments de Musique

    September 18 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    This museum of musical instruments was very interesting. It is housed in the Old English Building, which used to be a department store. The self guided tour is excellent, as you input a number to the audio guide and then hear the sound of the instrument you are looking at in the display being played. The collection is extensive, and it was interesting to see how many countries, for example, used bag pipes or some version of pipes and a bag. I knew there would be a large range of stringed instruments, but again, the diversity of shape and sound was very interesting. There was a whole floor dedicated to keyboards, as they claim that the only instrument that definitely has its origins in Europe is the keyboard.

    The architecture of the building was also lovely, as it was once a department store, it had a lovely central lift that was fully operational. We caught the lift to the top floor where there is a restaurant and terrace that affords you wonderful views across Brussels.
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  • Day16

    Art Nouveau at its finest

    September 19 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    After lunch, we again headed to the metro to make our way to the Horta Museum. Victor Horta was a Belgian architect and designer, and one of the founders of the Art Nouveau movement. We visited his house and studio, that has been turned into a museum. There are many examples of his work across Brussels. His style, the curving stylised vegetal forms, influenced many others including Hector Guimard, who used it in the first house he designed and in the entrances he designed for the Paris Metro. Horta typically designed not only the building but also the furniture, to match his particular style. His house is an excellent example - he also designed the wall paper and soft furnishings. We were not able to take photographs in the museum, so I purchased some post cards which I have scanned so you can see his wonderful work and how beautifully it has been preserved and restored.

    We finished off the day with dinner with Gui, Geertje and Brigitte out at their place in Tervuren. Paulette dropped by to say hello also. Always great to catch up with family. We had a wonderful dinner:- Burrata with tomatoes (Ottolenghi recipe) which was absolutely delicious; a chicken curry; and, for dessert, a berry crumble with fresh raspberries from Geertje’s sister’s garden (Jamie Oliver recipe). It was a great night with lots of laughter. Gui then kindly dropped us back into the city - he had picked us up from the Stockel metro station before dinner.
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  • Day18

    Last day in Brussels

    August 22 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Another fantastic day in this amazing city - I had no idea it was so grand. Stumbled upon the phenomenal Courts of Justice up a street lift and bridge whilst looking for the Royal Palace and Parc de Bruxelles. Popped into the parc but it was disappointing, apart from the ice cream opportunity it afforded. Palace, however, was fabulous- free to go in, fabulously ornate, and with a couple of temporary exhibitions; one reasonably interesting, about moon-related stuff, and the other a completely brilliant collection of interactive science installations. We spent ages there! More impressive buildings on the more direct route home. Lunch was Belgian waffles ... Dinner was back to the same place for meatballs, spaghetti, omelette and salad.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

City of Brussels, Brussel·les, Bruselas, Ville de Bruxelles, Stad Brussel

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