Brussels - Day 5

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Cathedral in Brussels

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.

Brussels
The architecture was really awesome for how old it was. The best part was that it was free to go inside. The inside was even cooler and it was HUGE. All along the walls were beatiful paintings and enormous stained windows. On the ceiling was the largest organ I had seen as well, I really wish I was there when someone was playing them.

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.

Brussels - Biggest organs I've ever seen
This genius plan work, it led me right to the statue and it was called Manneken Pis. I was so excited from far away but the closer I got it didnt get any bigger. It was only about a foot tall and they had dressed it up. It wasnt all that I thought it was going to be but oh well, now I can say I've seen it.

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.

Bruseels - Grote Market
It made me feel like I was living in midieval times. There was a garden across the street that was pretty. It had a big statue flowing water into a small pond. There were a bunch of kids surrounding the edge of the water playing with something. I went up to it and saw that the whole pond was filled with baby tadpole, I bet there were thousands of them. Then I figured I better keep moving. I walked to another park called Brussels Park where they were having some sort of Tour de France festival. It would have been really fun if anyone was speaking English, I think it was more for the locals because there was a t.v. show there interviewing people and I had no idea what they were talking about, so I moved on passed the park.

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.

Brussels
I was soaking wet and tire by the time I got there and was not in a good mood. So I sat in the park which was really beautiful and had a snack. Of course then it started raining so about a block away from the park I found a tram that goes from the park straight to central station (where I was in the first place). At this point I was not happy so I rode the tram back and hopped on the train back to Antwerp.

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.

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Cathedral in Brussels
Cathedral in Brussels
Brussels
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Brussels - Biggest organs Ive eve…
Brussels - Biggest organs I've ev…
Bruseels - Grote Market
Bruseels - Grote Market
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Brussels
Brussels - Manneken Pis
Brussels - Manneken Pis
Brussels - Church of Notre Dame
Brussels - Church of Notre Dame
Brussels - Garden across the stree…
Brussels - Garden across the stre…
Brussels - Inside Notre Dame
Brussels - Inside Notre Dame
Brussels - Park that I walked a ba…
Brussels - Park that I walked a b…
Antwerp - Old Town
Antwerp - Old Town
Antwerp - Old Town
Antwerp - Old Town
Antwerp - Giants Castle
Antwerp - Giant's Castle
Antwerp - In the castle
Antwerp - In the castle
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photo by: Vlindeke