Brussels, Belgium
Date:
27/01/2000

PHOTOS
 
Brussels

Inside the cathedral, you may contribute in many currencies - Belgium Francs, French Francs, Netherlands Guilder, Deutsche Marks, US dollars or British pounds.


 
Cathedrale des Saints-Michel-et-Gedule

Cathedrale des Saints-Michel-et-Gudule, built in several stages from the 13th to the 17th centuries


 
A late afternoon shot of Grand Place

Dandoy's 'speculoos' are biscuits of brown sugar and cinnamon.


 
The Manneken Pis fountain, sculpted in 1619

We ate a late lunch at Manneken and the owner and our waiter posed with a replica of the infamous Manneken.


 
Waterzooi, which literally means hot water, is a creamy, chicken stew made throughout Belgium.

Typical Belgium mussels cooked in beer


 
A traditional Belgium dish of meatballs in tomato sauce

Belgium beers


 
More French students in Grand Place

Grand Place awed these young French students.


 
The Harlem hat caught my eye.

Maison du Roi or the Kings Hall, rebuilt in the 19th century modeled on plans from 1515. No king has ever lived or stayed in this hall.


 
Belgium chocolate is known worldwide to be among the best. Some prefer Godiva, others like Wittamer or Neuhaus. I think it's all delicious!

Tourists have their pick of lace shops in Brussels, which was a center of lacemaking during the 17th century.


 
Grand Place is an enormous square, originally home to guildhalls built after 1695 when the French destroyed the town and restored it in the 19th century.

Hotel de Ville in the Grand Place is a Gothic town hall dating from the 13th to the 15th centuries. The 96-meter (315 foot) tower has a gilded copper St. Michael statue at the peak.


 
Playing Mozart's 'A Little Night Music'


 
PAIGE'S OBSERVATIONS
 
27 January 2000 - People complain about boring Brussels, but Grand Place is the most extraordinary square Jim or I have seen. Grand Place, originally home to guildhalls built after 1695 when the French destroyed the town, includes Hotel de Ville, a Gothic town hall dating back to the 13th century with a 96-meter (315 feet) tower topped by a gilded copper St. Michael statue. Plus, local food is delicious. Does life get any better than lunch of blonde Leffe beer, meatballs in tomato sauce, mussels in beer and waterzooi a creamy, chicken stew and, of course chips (fries) with mayonnaise. And, those Belgian chocolates. Some prefer Godiva, others like Wittamer or Neuhaus, but I like it all! Needing a bit of exercise, we walked to Cathedrale des Saints-Michel-et-Gudule, built in several stages from the 13th to the 17th centuries, where the Pulpit of Truth, carved of Congo oak, is a massive masterpiece, as is The Last Judgment, the rear, stained-glass window. When leaving I noticed a small sign explaining contributions accepted in Belgium Francs, French Francs, Netherlands Guilder, Deutsche Marks, US dollars or British pounds.

 

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  The Manneken Pis
  The Grand Place
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