Snowing in Brussels

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Maison du Roi

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.

Hôtel de Ville
  No luck to be rubbed at present.  Continued on the side street to my favorite waffle shop, just before the Manneken-Pis.  Fresh (!) Strawberries and Chocolate...Yum!  I truly feel that Brussels has the best waffles, better than any place I've tried in Brugge, Gent or Antwerp.

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.

Impasse de la Fidélité, Delerium Cafe on the left, Floris Bar on the right. Janneke Pis at the end of the alley.
  They have the menu on CD now, so if you can pick it up in advance you can save a lot of wondering as to what to order.  I limited myself to only two since I would be driving back in a few hours, but Ryan and Melissa got to sample a few of the wares including the Abbaye des Rocs Brune, one of my personal favorites. 

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...

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Maison du Roi
Maison du Roi
Hôtel de Ville
Hôtel de Ville
Impasse de la Fidélité, Delerium…
Impasse de la Fidélité, Deleriu…
Gargoyle at the Cathédrale des St…
Gargoyle at the Cathédrale des S…
Cathédrale des Sts-Michel-et-Gudu…
Cathédrale des Sts-Michel-et-Gud…
Colonne du Congrès
Colonne du Congrès
Tomb of the unknown soldiers at th…
Tomb of the unknown soldiers at t…
Tomb of the unknown soldiers at th…
Tomb of the unknown soldiers at t…
Colonne du Congrès
Colonne du Congrès
Colonne du Congrès
Colonne du Congrès
Palais Royal
Palais Royal
Palais Royal
Palais Royal
Place Royale
Place Royale
Grand Place
Grand Place
Hôtel de Ville
Hôtel de Ville
Manneken-Pis
Manneken-Pis
Manneken-Pis
Manneken-Pis
Upstair tap bar at Delerium Cafe
Upstair tap bar at Delerium Cafe
Janneke Pis
Janneke Pis
Cathédrale des Sts-Michel-et-Gudu…
Cathédrale des Sts-Michel-et-Gud…
Place de lÁlbertine and the Hôte…
Place de lÁlbertine and the Hôt…
Place de lÁlbertine
Place de lÁlbertine
Brussels
photo by: Vlindeke