Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Belgium Series: Brussels

For this week's Belgium series, I chose Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the home of the European Union. Its a great place to learn about Belgian culture, European politics, and of course beer.  

The first place you should stop by is Mannekin Pis. This is world famous statue and is often stolen. This one dates from 1965. There are multiple different legends of why this statue came about. And...

When you go see the statue, you might also come across a marching band a party! 

Don't forget to stop by the town hall and shop the local flower market. 

There is also the Belgian Beer Museum. Its a tiny little pub near town hall. You pay 5 euros and receive a tour of a typical brewery and a free beer. Good place if you need a break.

Lastly, you have to visit the Atomium. It was the symbol of the 1958 World Fair and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Brussels.

You are first greeted with a gigantic Welcome sign. And there are food trucks and various small activities to do around the monument.

Including a mirror display where you can take a picture of yourself.

And of course you must go into the Atomium. Please take the elevator first! I thought you could get to the very top (the viewing platform) by taking the escalators, but I was sorely mistaken. Don't get out of line like I did. So, inside you will a lot of really cool light and sound exhibits. I was even able to get this really cool shot going down an escalator.

Lastly, don't forget to spend some time just wandering around and seeing the old churches. I was able to find this great fountain and get a great shot of it. Well thats Brussels in a nutshell. Oh and don't forget to stop by the Delirium bar for a beer. They won the Guinness World Records for the most beers in the bar at one point.

Have a great day everyone!

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