Walking Around Brussels

Brussels Travel Blog

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Grand Place

Arriving in Brussels, I switched to the Metro. And ended up riding it without paying. I could not find any machine to get a ticket, and I wanted to get to the hostel quickly, hoping to save some time for sightseeing. Once I got off the Metro, I tried to follow directions on my printout, which were very confusing. Street names are hard to figure out, and I had to ask a total stranger for directions, who pointed the way for me.

I got to the 2GO4 Hostel. More about it in the review here. I had to wait for check-in. Once that was taken care of, I dropped my things off, and went towards to Grand Place. I followed the walking tour, starting from the square, and taking me around the city.

guild halls
Grand Place is the historical square with Town Hall, and a bunch of smaller buildings that used to be guild halls. Nearby are a bunch of chocolate shops, which I did check out, but not sure what to get. I did try a few pieces of chocolate, which were really good.

I left Grand Place, and went to the Galeries Royales St. Hubert, the oldest mall in Europe. I went halfway, in what looked like a secret passageway, then to a street that is full of restaurants, onto the Stock Exchange building. Nearby is the Church of St. Nicolas, where I went in to sit down and rest my feet. After a while, I went back out, and walked to the Place Royale, having to go up a hill, choosing to walk instead of taking a bus, since I did not have exact change.

At this area, there was the Royal Palace, where the king of Belgium may be.
Galeries Royales St. Hubert
I walked around the Upper Town area, passing by the art museums that I have to the other day, as well as a few sculpture gardens. And went inside the Notre-Dame du Sablon, where I would sit, look around, and rest my sore feet.

To the Palace of Justice, where on the side, I could get a great view of Brussels. Looking like an old European town, with its clock towers and churches, always great to look at. And the Atomium can be seen in the distance, which would have been nice to visit, but just not enough time. I would head towards back to Grand Place, passing by cafes and galleries. And to Corner Tower, which used to be part of the city wall, and the only remaining thing left from the Middle Ages.

I got back to Grand Place, as I saved the "grand finale" for last. And that finale would be Manneken-Pis, a small statue of a boy peeing into a fountain.
view from the Palace of Justice
I have read about it before, and saw the chocolate displays of it (can't imagine eating that), and now, seeng the real thing. That boy just keep taking a neverending "No. 1". A huge gathering of tourists, marveling at some statue taking a major piss. :)

Afterwards, I stopped by a supermarket, buying some food and drinks, which are cheaper than going to a restaurant. Then back to the hostel, and got settled in the room. For the rest of the day, I would use the computer in the hostel, and talk to some people there, while waiting for a computer. I would meet a woman from Michigan, and we would actually talk some baseball. She was just starting her European adventure, as mine was about to end.

When I could not access my e-mail, I would go across a street to a computer lab. And to my luck, there was a session that someone left behind without logging off. So I just sat there, and used up the remaining time, without paying. So it all worked out for me.

I returned to the room, and talk with the people in the room, who are also traveling around Europe. I had to go to bed really early, or at least, not too late, since I have an early morning flight back home.

Cho says:
@WalterC: Yes, Belgium is definitely worth a second visit!
Posted on: Jul 24, 2015
WalterC says:
I do hope to make a return trip to Belgium someday, as I can see, there is more to do there.
Posted on: Jul 23, 2015
Cho says:
Brussels was all right, but I enjoyed Bastogne (in Wallonia) and Antwerp (Flanders) more. The Belgian 'moules et frites' (scallops and french fries) are surely the best in the world!
Posted on: Jul 23, 2015
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Grand Place
Grand Place
guild halls
guild halls
Galeries Royales St. Hubert
Galeries Royales St. Hubert
view from the Palace of Justice
view from the Palace of Justice
Manneken Pis
Manneken Pis
Town Hall
Town Hall
Grand Place
Grand Place
Kings House
King's House
entrance to Galeries Royales St. H…
entrance to Galeries Royales St. …
inside Galeries Royales St. Hubert
inside Galeries Royales St. Hubert
huge chocolate egg
huge chocolate egg
Galeries Royales St. Hubert
Galeries Royales St. Hubert
Galeries Royales St. Hubert
Galeries Royales St. Hubert
side street
side street
Stock Exchange building
Stock Exchange building
Church of St. Nicolas
Church of St. Nicolas
clock with statues at Mont des Arts
clock with statues at Mont des Arts
Royal Palace
Royal Palace
Petit Sablon Square
Petit Sablon Square
fountain of the Counts of Egmont a…
fountain of the Counts of Egmont …
view from Palace of Justice
view from Palace of Justice
Atomium seen in the distance
Atomium seen in the distance
view of Brussels
view of Brussels
Corner Tower
Corner Tower
reclining brass statue
reclining brass statue
Manneken Pis
Manneken Pis
Manneken Pis
Manneken Pis
getting pissed on :)
getting pissed on :)
cant imagine anyone eating this? …
can't imagine anyone eating this?…
different colors of chocolate Mann…
different colors of chocolate Man…
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