Grand Place

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    • Day 4

      Brussles Day 2

      December 4 in Belgium ⋅ ☁️ 1 °C

      We walked around the city after lunch, and its common to sit outside at patios to drink/eat even when it’s cold out…so we joined the fun with some warm alcoholic coffee at this Italian cocktail place! Then had dinner at a small restaurant by our Airbnb that is known for their beer - had the most fun and friendly servers at both places. Ended the night at a fun bar talking with some people from London, and got Belgian McDonald’s before heading home :)Read more

    • Day 107


      July 2 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Daniel started the day with a run while Gab chatted with friends from home. We then headed to the Grand Place to meet up for our free walking tour! This was one of the longest and also most informative tours we had done so far on our trip with a very charismatic guide called Adrien. We learnt a lot during our 4km tour which went for almost 3.5 hours (with a short break half way through where we bought traditional frites!)

      We learnt some interesting things such as:
      - Belgium has 3 official languages being French, Dutch and German. 60% of the country is Dutch speaking and 40% of the country is French speaking (and less than 1% are German speaking). Brussels is the only multi-lingual city in Belgium and everything is supposed to be displayed in French and Dutch, however, 90% of people living in Brussels speak French and 10% speak Dutch.
      - The site of the Grand Place was originally a market back in 11th century and it was later destroyed during conflict and rebuilt. The Grand Place is very impressive and contained the city hall (which is still used as a city hall today) and houses that were for different guilds (such as for writers, painters and bakers).
      - In Belgium, people have to get married in their local city hall so people in Brussels have to get married on Saturday mornings in a small hall in the city hall (with a 20 minute time slot).
      - The city hall with the large spire is the only original building standing in The Grand Place as all others had burnt down and been reconstructed. The spire is actually not in middle of building and as such the building is not symmetrical (the original design was symmetrical but then they decided to add to one side of the building but there wasn't enough room to make it symmetrical).
      - There is a massive comic book industry in Belgium, including their most famous character - Tin Tin! There are over 70 comic book murals scattered on walls around the city of Brussels. Reading comic books is very popular for people of all ages and the French speaking comic book industry sells 10million copies every year (unlike the English speaking industry which serves many more people but sells around 1million copies a year).
      - We stopped at the Manneken Pis - a statue of a little boy peeing from the 13th century. No one knows who and why it was put there (although there are many crazy legends!) So, basically the statue is famous for being famous but the people from Brussels don't mind it being their unofficial mascot - they don't take themselves seriously! There are a group of people who dress up the Mannekin Pis and he has over 1000 outfits. We saw him dressed up in a uniform of a student union.
      - There is a lot of diversity in beer which is why it is so famous in Belgium! There is said to be around 25,000 different beers in Belgium, and about 80% of beers aren’t exported, so try them while you are there (which we plan to do!!)
      - Belgium has an interesting history having been controlled by the Spanish, French and Dutch at different times. The Belgian Revolution was in 1830.
      - There is a river under Brussels (called River Senne) which was covered up to get rid of the problem of cholera which killed many people in Brussels in the last 1800s.
      - Traditional frites (fries) in Brussels are made by twice fried potatoes in beef fat oil at two different temperatures - delicious!
      - We learnt all about chocolate! The cacao bean was bought to Europe in 1600s but solid chocolate as we know it was a 19th century creation. There were a number of rules which were followed closely in Belgium including that you can’t have anything less than 45% cacao mixture otherwise can’t call it chocolate, you could only use certain ingredients and you can't use vegetable oil instead of cacao. So for example, companies such as Cadbury/Hershey had to rename their products to chocolate-flavoured candy. These rules are mostly no longer in place but most Belgian chocolatiers still follow these traditions which is what makes the chocolate so good!

      We stopped for a quick lunch break and then tried our next Belgian delicacy - waffles! We were recommended to get one from a food truck as it is the freshest and it did not disappoint, the taste was incredible!!

      We then continued to walk around the city and spot some more of the comic murals, more peeing statues (one of a girl called the Jeanneke Pis and one of a dog called Het Zinneke!) and then a very interesting looking concrete truck made out of steel!

      We finished the day with a few authentic Belgian beers in an old school pub recommended by our walking tour guide (called Les Brassiers). Gab tried an amber beer made by monks (a trappist ale) called Orval and Daniel tried a popular ale called Jupiler. We then headed back to the Airbnb.
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    • Day 3

      Brussels with friends

      June 5, 2022 in Belgium ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

      Nach einem ausgezeichneten Avocado-Frühstück, ging es mit nassen Füßen ins Musikmuseum. In 3 Etagen wurden verschiedene Instrumente aus aller Welt, von jeder Zeit und mit Hörproben vorgestellt. Anschließen ging es durch die Stadt auf der Suche nach belgischen Waffeln. In der Drug-Opera, einem Restaurant im "Old-English" Stil sind wir fündig geworden.
      Für 2/3 der Reisegruppe ging es danach zurück ins Airbnb, die anderen beiden weiteten die Stadttour noch um 2h aus.

      Zum Abend gab es selbstgekochte Nudeln mit Tomatensoße und Käse. Jetzt geht es zum Spieleabend - möge der oder die Beste gewinnen!
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    • Day 1

      How it begins

      May 7, 2022 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Unsere zweite S.A.C. Rallye beginnt - how exciting - in der Hauptstadt von Europa vor wirklich amtlicher Kulisse, die James an die andere Hauptstadt und mich an meinen geschätzten Dadaisten R. Grebe erinnert.
      (Ich sitze in der Kutsche auf dem Brandenburger Tor und dresche auf die Gäule ein - es geht keinen Meter vor.)
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    • Day 18

      Last day in Brussels

      August 22, 2019 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

    • Day 17

      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

    • Day 16

      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

    • Day 49

      Brüssel, Belgien

      May 3, 2020 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      In Brüssel waren wir nur einmal auf dem Weg zurück von Holland.
      Unser Eindruck war nicht so toll. Sobald man über der Grenze war, wurden die Häuser grau und die ganze Gegend unwirklich. Sicherlich hat sich seit 2004 einiges geändert. In Brüssel haben wir nur das Verkehrschaos mitbekommen.

      Keine Bilder von Brüssel? Aber ein paar von Luxemburg ... ist ja quasi um die Ecke ..
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    • Day 1

      Day 1

      June 11, 2022 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      •Mont des Arts
      •Jardin du Mont des Arts
      •Cathédrale Saint-Jacques-sur-Coudenberg
      •Place Royale Bruxelles
      •Grote Markt
      •Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles
      •Maison du Renard
      •Maison Grand-Place
      •Musée de la bière belge
      •Musée de la ville de Bruxelles
      •Mannekin Pis
      •Garde Robe Manneken Pis
      •L'envol - Statue de Jacques Brel
      •Place du Grand Sablon
      •Église Notre-Dame des Victoires au Sablon
      •Square du Petit Sablon
      •Statues des Comtes d'Egmont et de Horne
      •Palais d'Egmont
      •Parc d'Egmont
      •Statue de Peter Pan
      •Palais de Justice
      •Place Poelaert
      •Mémorial Anglo-Belge
      •Porte de Hal
      •Cathédrale des Sts Michel et Gudule
      •Pacheco Center
      •Jardin de la cité administrative
      •Colonne du Congrès
      •Parc de Bruxelles
      •Palais de Bruxelles
      •Monument Léopold II
      •Square de Meeûs
      •Parlement européen - Bureau de liaison en Belgique
      •Mur de Berlin
      •Maison de l'histoire européenne
      •Parc Léopold
      •Maison Antoine
      •Galeries Royales Saint Hubert
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    • Day 1

      Grand Place

      October 22, 2022 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      The Grand Place or Grote Markt is the central square of Brussels, Belgium. It is surrounded by opulent Baroque guildhalls of the former Guilds of Brussels and two larger edifices; the city's Flamboyant Town Hall, and the neo-Gothic King's House or Bread House[b] building, containing the Brussels City Museum. The square measures 68 by 110 metres (223 by 361 ft) and is entirely paved.Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Grand Place, Grote Markt, Groot Markplein van Brussel, الميدان الكبير, Гран-Плас, Гран Плас, Grande-Place v Bruselu, Grand-Place, Γκραν-Πλας, Granda Placo, Grand-Place de Bruxelles, Veliki trg u Bruxellesu, הכיכר הגדולה בבריסל, Grand Place u Bruxellesu, Գրան Պլաս, Grand Place di Bruxelles, グラン=プラス, გრან-პლასი, 그랑플라스, Gran Plasas, Wielki Plac w Brukseli, Grand-Place de Bruxelas, Piața Mare din Bruxelles, กร็อง-ปลัส, 布鲁塞尔大广场

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