The Grand Place, is the famous square in Brussels where all the history is at. The old Parliament, and town hall, market venue, etc. A very beautiful cobbled square, once more subject to the full gamut of architecture. Lot’s of quaint little shops where you pay extra for the pleasure of being in a picturesque setting.

Here is a way to explain this city; their mascot is a little peeing baby. It has a long history of being stolen back and forth between France. It also has hundreds of little outfits, and a museum to store them (I later visited that museum of course).
It is called the Mannekin Pis, and is like the Mona Lisa of Brussels—iconic, smaller than you expect once you finally see it, and hard to get to because of being surrounded by tourists.
If you visit the dozens of little tourists boutiques you see little key chains of the Atomium (like a molecule structure—see previous), and this little peeing child.
Sigh, Europe is weird.

Here is a way to explain this city; their mascot is a little peeing baby. It has a long history of being stolen back and forth between France. It also has hundreds of little outfits, and a museum to store them (I later visited that museum of course).

It is called the Mannekin Pis, and is like the Mona Lisa of Brussels—iconic, smaller than you expect once you finally see it, and hard to get to because of being surrounded by tourists.

If you visit the dozens of little tourists boutiques you see little key chains of the Atomium (like a molecule structure—see previous), and this little peeing child.

Sigh, Europe is weird.

did-you-kno:

A woman visited the Eiffel Tower in 2004 and after having an attractoin to the object “married” the Eiffel Tower in a 2007 commitment ceremony.
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did-you-kno:

A woman visited the Eiffel Tower in 2004 and after having an attractoin to the object “married” the Eiffel Tower in a 2007 commitment ceremony.

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I love walking tours. They show you all the best places, and then you can come back on your own time to explore some more. They group you up with other tourists so you can feel safer when travelling alone (if you are crazy like me and travel alone of course).

This walking tour was ‘free’. A three hour walking tour with a stop at a pub for a drink (I had Belgian hot chocolate, which is the best thing ever; an actual chunk of chocolate on a stick in steamed milk). Then at the end you pay the guide how much you think they were worth.

Pretty cool. We walked through some of the older parts of Brussels, which I prefer anyway. And yet, there are still things like comic strip panels painted on the walls. (Comics are considered part of Brussels identity).

I photographed the buildings of the Grand Place (cobbled square where Parliament used to sit—now a museum), we also went through covered galleries of super expensive shops (among them some amazing chocolate shops…this was around Easter, so wow).

I love being shown the little bits of a city someone else finds special. ^.^

More architecture around Brussels, from bus and walking tour.

I am telling you, Brussels is the capitol of Europe (ie, seat of the EU), and it follows that there is a mix match of every thing in this city. It makes for an odd conglomerate picture.

The MIM had a special exhibition on Adolphus Sax while I was there. Not only did he invent the saxophone and revolutionize the clarinet, he also invented a bajillion other instruments. He was like, a crazy mad scientist instrument inventor.

Also, pretty views from the top of the building, which is in an architectural style of something or other…art nouveau? Does that seem right? I don’t know anything about architecture…

But I do know that those are some crazy brass instruments.

Look at these cute little clay orchestra men.

Also, some instruments so weird looking they probably shouldn’t be allowed. :P

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Brussels.

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

Excellent music museum with annoying locational audio guides (see previous rant). A beautiful building façade with tons of floors and a gorgeous glass elevator.

The range of this museum was absolutely amazing; instruments from different cultures, flutes shaped like little men, and some that I just don’t even know man…

More pretty Brussels, from bus and on foot.

Churches, Canals, Museums oh my!

Also, weird eggs for Easter?? And some very pretty gardens.

I WALKED ALL THE PLACES.

Amazing cathedral as seen while passing by on a bus tour in Brussels.