Brussels - Day 5
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With two fun-filled days Erin sadly had to go back to work today...so I decided I better take the train to Brussels. I figured we couldnt come all the way to Belgium and not see the statue of the little dude peeing.
Upon arriving at Brussels Central, I came out in the middle of the city filled with sky scrapers. A little different than the past few days but oh well, I had no agenda today, but the farther I walked the more that I thought about how I had no idea where I was and no idea of what was in Brussels. So my plan, find a cool looking building and walk towards it.
The first building I saw that I wanted to go towards was the Cathedral of St. Michel. Once I got up to it, it was the biggest cathedral I have ever seen.
After leaving the cathedral I walked down the main street in front of it and found a tourist shop. I pointed to a picture of the statue peeing and he said that it was right down the street. When I was walking I walked right into the town square called the Grote Market. It was similar to the other squares that we had been to except these were all covered in gold. They all had gold statues on top or next to them.
I found a group following a tour guide through the market so I kind of followed them a few steps behind just acting like I was in the group.
I needed to a break so I stopped at pub and had a few beers outside and asked the bartender where this park was that was on a picture on the wall. He said it was called the Cinquantenaire Park and he showed me a map, it was only 3 or 4 inches on the map (1500 meters) so I figured I could walk it, stop at a few other places he showed me on the way...
The first place I stopped was the Church of Notre Dame du sablon. It wasnt as big as the other catheral I went to earlier but it looked way cooler.
Well after a VERY long walk, I found out that the Cinquantenaire Park was a lot farther than I thought, it was more like a 3 mile walk.
I arrived home just in time for Erin to get back! We were both starving so we headed to Old Town in Antwerp since Erin hadnt been there yet. We ate at nice little restraunt outside and shared some pizza and pasta. Since I was a vetran tour guide of Antwerp now I showed her around Old Town. We got some good pictures of the both of us finally. We went back to the statue of the man beating the giant and also to the giant's castle. Since all the shops were closed we went around and picked all the shops I should go to, to get things later.