Brussels, lot more than mussels and fries!!!

In my ongoing mood to revise, update, my very old posts dating from the time I started blogging, and I bet you didn’t notice I bring you once again to Brussels. Of course, I have newer posts and plenty on the city but this is for the memories and hope it helps you too.

A lovely city that is about time update the post and just for the memories of coming back in the future. This is Bruxelles, it is in French and Brussel in Dutch, capital of Belgium and the European Union. It is a very old city divided into 19 districts, and which French and Flemish/Dutch can interwined freely with English widely spoken.

I have come here by car along the A1 then E19 into Belgium or by Thalys train ,my trips have been on business when by train or plane, however, did come once with the train and then rented a car at train station Midi. It has an excellent airport as well.

I have written on the sights of Brussels, so just will name them here:

The ultimate Grand Place, where everything converges in the city, a must just fabulous!  Manneken Pis from 1388 the symbol of Brussels, located at the junction of Rue de l’Étuve/Stoofstraat and Rue du Chêne/Eikstraat.

The Bourse area with great walks and the building built in 1868-1873 , Cathédrale St Michael , just gorgeous, the Royal Palace , the Atomium ,a science park with the atom in mind, very educational for all. The Cinquantenaire park  to go here with metro Mérode and Schuman, great walk park surrounded by many good museums. Mini Europe, a miniature park with many scale sizes monuments of Europe!

As I have taken my boys here on our personal trips and for them it is the best museum ,the Comic Strip Museum.  The gastronomy as to waffles, lambic beers, and the famous moules and frites or mussels and fries are in itself worth a trip lol! Good Belgian chocolate well we like the Darcis by Midi train station,and Corné Royale by Galerie de la reine in the Galeries Royales St Hubert. For general chocolate stores we preferred the Leonidas at rue au Beurre near Grand’Place, and rue Neuve.

For historical upscale shopping and typical Belgian, you must at least visit this place Galeries Royale St Hubert, if anything try the ice cream Häagen Dazs and the Corné Royale chocolates! The areas just around the Grand’Place is a shopper’s paradise of stores, as well as rue Neuve, the big pedestrian street there. For the wonderful Belgian laces try the Anais Lace Palace.

My eateries over the years have been at Le Pavillon, Rue Defacqz 63, for your light cafe type setting in a nice decor and on your way to the Grand’Place walking, Le Grand Cafe, blvd Anspach 78, we had the house grand cafe menu. The Cave du roy, Grand’place itself with great people view, and brussel pork sausage or mussels in alsacien wine. The ever popular but nice Le Brasseurs de la Grand’Place, for great beers and people watching at the Grand Place. For all kinds of seafood my all time favorite place in town is Chez Patrick, and A la Mort Subite, the best nightime bar/pub in the city in my opinion, it means Sudden Death but you will survive ::)

When in town, I stay with the ACCOR French chain as it gives me points, and it is one of my favorite chain all over Europe. The Mercure at the airport has been used on business trips before, it is convenient to city center.  One that would be more convenient for visitors and I have used with the family is the Novotel Grand’Place, very convenient and nice.

And there you go folks short and sassy this time for a nice visit to Brussels/Bruxelles for us. Hope you enjoy visiting this city one of my favorites in Europe with lots of family memories! And do see my numerours other posts with picture on it.

And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all!!

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