Snowing in Brussels
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No way were we going to let a little snow keep us from the rest of our journey! From Waterloo, we got back into my car and headed up through the Forêt de Soignes and the Bois de la Cambre into the center of town. I've never actually stopped in these parks, but they look beautiful and I would love to wander and explore a little some time.
Parked at the Grand Place and brought us into the square where we were greeted by the sight of the Hôtel de Ville clouded by falling snow. Quite a sight! Note for travellers - Most ATM machines in Belgium are only usable by the Belgian bank network. There are two foreign ATM's in the Grand Place right next to (across the side street) from the Hôtel in the "bottom" row of shops.
We left the place by the statue of Everard 't Serclaes, but alas the statue is currently under renovation and blocked off from the public.
Next stop was, of course, the Manneken-Pis (no costume today) for some picutres then we headed back through the Grand Place to rue des Bouchers...not for dinner yet, but for Delerium Cafe, home of 2004 beers (and more in the newer tab bar upstairs)! It seems they are down to only two menu books in the place, so I would definitely suggest trying to snag one and pick a couple rounds worth of orders at once before some asks to borrow it and you never see one again.
As it was still daylight and we were still full from the waffle and beer, I lead them through a short tour of some of the sights of central Brussels; Cathédrale des Sts-Michel-et-Gudule, Place du Congrès, Palais de la Nation, through Parc de Bruxelles to the Palais Royale, and then down through the Albertine back to the Grand Place. Then it was dinner time on the rue des Bouchers (decent food, just don't get upsold).
Following dinner we headed back into the alley where the Delerium Cafe is located so Ryan and Melissa could have a sample from Floris Bar and their 200(?) or so Absinthes. This was quite enough for one day, so back to the car and the drive back to Eindhoven...