Thursday, October 30, 2014

BELGIUM: FIRST DAY IN BRUSSELS



We landed in Brussels at 9:15 am. We arrived at the airport train station after walking 30 minutes. After waiting 10 minutes and a 15 minute train journey we arrived at La Gare Centrale. After a 20 minute walk a bit uncomfortable (suitcase, stairs) we arrived at our Aparthotel located between the Royal Palace and the European Parliament in an office area of the city.


In Brussels we visited the following places:


Day 1: Brussels (Brussel - Bruxelles)



  • Manneken Pis + Waffle 1€
  • Comic Route

  • Grand Place (Grote Markt)
    • Hôtel de Ville (Stadhuis)
    • Maison du Roi

  • La Bourse de Bruxelles
  • Place and Église de Sainte Catherine (Noordzee Restaurant)
  • Theatre Royal de la Monnaie
  • Galleries de Saint Hubert
  • Rue des Bouchers, Jeanneke Pis and Delirium Café
  • Cathedral of St. Michiel et St. Gudule
  • Église du Sablon and Petit Sablon
  • Palace Royal


In the fourth day of our trip in Belgium we also visited in Brussels:


  • Atomium
  • Chinese Pavilion and Japanese Tower in Laeken Park
  • Parc du Cinquantenaire
  • European Parliament and Leopold Park

We left our luggage at the hotel around 11 am and we went right to the city center, where we arrived shortly before 11:30 am. We spent the morning visiting the Grand Place and the surrounding streets, as well as the Manneken Pis.


Day 1


Brussels in Belgium
One of the cobbled streets  near the Grand Place of Brussels




Comic Route


Comic Route in Brussels
A exemple of the Comic Route in Brussels: Tintin and Haddock Captain painted near the Manneken Pis

Manneken Pis


Manneken Pis in Brussels
There are always a lot of people near the Manneken Pis in Brussels


Manneken Pis in Brussels
A closer view of Manneken Pis in Brussels


Grand Place in Brussels



City Hall of Brussels
Main facade of the City Hall of Brussels



Grand Place in Brussels
Grand Place and Hôtel de Ville (city hall) in Brussels




Maison du Roi on the Grand Place in Brussels
Maison du Roi on the Grand Place in Brussels


Maison du Roi on the Grand Place in Brussels
Flowers on the Grand Place and, behind, La Maison du Roi


Maison du Roi in Brussels
Belgian flag on the facade of  La Maison du Roi on the Grand Place of Brussels



The day was gray, cold and even began to sparkle. From the Grand Place we went to Place Sainte Catherine. On the way we see the Jeanneken Pis and La Bourse. We had lunch in the same place in the fast food restaurant North Sea a delicious soup of the day and a crab burger.


La Bourse de Bruxelles



Bourse de Bruxelles
La Bourse de Bruxelles (Stock Exchange building in Brussels)


Église de Sainte Catherine


Église de Sainte Catherine in Brussels
Église de Sainte Catherine in Brussels


Sainte Catherine Square in Brussels
Sainte Catherine Square in Brussels. We had lunch in Noordzee restaurant



After having lunch we continue our journey to the Cathedral of St. Gudule et St. Michiel. Fortunately the day became lovely and it was a very pleasant sun.


Theatre Royal de la Monnaie



Theatre Royal de la Monnaie
Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels





Old town of Brussels
Pedestrian street near the Grand Place in Brussels



Delirium Café


Delirium Café in Brussels
At the end of this backstreet you can see the Jeanneke Pis and enjoy a beer in Delirium Café


Jeanneke Pis


Jeanneke Pis in Brussels
Jeanneke Pis in Brussels


Galleries Saint Hubert



Galleries Saint Hubert in Brussels
Galleries Saint Hubert in Brussels



Cathedral of Brussels



Cathedral of  Brussels
Cathedrale des Saints Michiel et Gudule in Brussels


Inside the Cathedral of Brussels
Inside the Cathedral of Brussels


Cathedral of  Brussels
Stained glass window of the cathedral of  Brussels




Our first day in Brussels ends with a visit to the Church of Notre Dame du Sablon, to the Petit Sablon, a small park next to it, and to the Royal Palace, located near our hotel. We got our Aparthotel a little tired towards 5 pm.


Église du Grand Sablon


Église du Grand Sablon
Église du Grand Sablon in Brussels


Park of Petit Sablon in Brussels


Park of Petit Sablon in Brussels
Sculpture of Peter Pan in the park of Petit Sablon in Brussels



Royal Palace in Brussels


Royal Palace in Brussels
Royal Palace in Brussels



        After a break we went to eat something at 9pm with the surprise of nearby restaurants were all closed. We approached the Gare Centrale and there we could have a quick dinner. We were actually too tired to approach the lively Grand Place.



Mussels in Brussels
The mussels we enjoyed in the restaurant Chez Leon in Brussels

Grand Place in Brussels


Grand Place in Brussels
Grand Place in Brussels at night




Besides Brussels, in Belgium we visited the following places too:




Finally, other countries and cities I have already visited are:

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