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Brussels beer fries mussels chocolate

Brussels beer fries mussels chocolate, closely followed by chocolate. These are some of the main impressions this city leaves on you. The city itself I found rather ordinary except for the magnificent Grand Place, for me this is one of Europe’s great squares.

Grand Place, a beautiful square.

Brussels beer fries mussels chocolate The square is the most important tourist destination and most memorable landmark in Brussels. It measures 68 by 110 meters (223 by 361 ft), and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Grand Place

Brussels beer fries mussels chocolateAt the beginning of the 13th century, three indoor markets were built on the northern edge of the Grand Place; a meat market, a bread market and a cloth market. These buildings, which belonged to the Duke of Brabant, allowed the wares to be showcased even in bad weather, but also allowed the Dukes to keep track of the storage and sale of goods, in order to collect taxes. Other buildings, made of wood or stone, enclosed the Grand Place.

Town Hall

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Totally spectacular at night.

Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

Brussels beer fries mussels chocolate

The Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (French) or Koninklijke Sint-Hubertusgalerijen (Dutch) is a glazed shopping arcade in Brussels that preceded other famous 19th-century shopping arcades such as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan and The Passage in St Petersburg. Like them it has twin regular façades with distant origins in Vasari’s long narrow street-like courtyard of the Uffizi, Florence, with glazed arcaded shopfronts separated by pilasters and two upper floors, all in an Italianate Cinquecento style, under an arched glass-paned roof with a delicate cast-iron framework.


 

Entrance to Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

Brussels beer fries mussels chocolate  Construction started on May 6, 1846. It lasted for 18 months, and the 213 meter passage was opened on June 20, 1847 by King Leopold and his two sons. In 1845 the Société named the three sections of the new passage the Galerie du RoiGalerie de la Reine and Galerie du Prince

Restaurants near the Grand Place.

Brussels beer fries mussels chocolate The small alleys & streets around the Grand Place hold hundreds of restaurants and bars. I found about 80% of them had almost identical menus.  Mussels & fries washed down with Belgium beer is the most popular dish, I love the beer but sadly I not a fan of Mussels.

So many restaurants & so little time

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This area is truly one of the world’s great eating precincts. 

Brussels beer fries Seafood restaurant

Brussels beer fries mussels chocolate Lucky for me there are many paces that don’t feature Brussels beer fries on the menu. This restaurant precinct is one of the most impressive I have seen anywhere in the world.

Cafe Georgette in Brussels.

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One of my favourite photos from Brussels.

French wine at Cafe Georgette in Brussels.

Brussels beer fries mussels chocolate Cafe Georgette was a real find, located at Rue de la Fourche 37, 1000 Bruxelles, it has a cozy atmosphere & for solo diners like myself it allows you to watch the passing parade out the front window. My Tagliatelle with smoked salmon was perfect as was the Tiramisu.

Dining alone

Cafe Georgette Brussels This lady is like a female version of myself, dining alone with a Kindle for company.  😥

Belgian chocolate, YUM!

Brussels beer fries mussels chocolate Belgium is famed for its high quality chocolate and over 2,000 chocolatiers, both small and large. Belgium’s association with chocolate goes back as far as 1635 when the country was under Spanish occupation. By the mid 18th century, chocolate was extremely popular in upper and middle class circles, particularly in the form of hot chocolate, including with Charles-Alexander of Lorraine, the Austrian governor of the territory. From the early 20th century, the country was able to import large quantities of cocoa from its African colony, the Belgian Congo. Both the chocolate bar and praline are inventions of the Belgian chocolate industry.  Today, chocolate is very popular in Belgium, with 172,000 tonnes produced each year, and widely exported.

Manneken Pis.

Brussels beer fries mussels chocolate Just as popular as Belgian chocolate is Manneken Pis. There are several legends behind this statue, but the most famous is the one about Duke Godfrey III of Leuven. In 1142, the troops of this two-year-old lord were battling against the troops of the Berthouts, the lords of Grimbergen, in Ransbeke (now Neder-Over-Heembeek). The troops put the infant lord in a basket and hung the basket in a tree to encourage them. From there, the boy urinated on the troops of the Berthouts, who eventually lost the battle. Another legend states that in the 14th century, Brussels was under siege by a foreign power. The city had held its ground for some time, so the attackers conceived of a plan to place explosive charges at the city walls. A little boy named Julianske happened to be spying on them as they were preparing. He urinated on the burning fuse and thus saved the city. There was at the time (middle of the 15th century, perhaps as early as 1388) a similar statue made of stone. The statue was stolen several times.

The Triumphal arch

  Brussels beer fries mussels chocolateTriumphal arches are one of the most influential and distinctive types of architecture associated with ancient Rome. Thought to have been invented by the Romans, the triumphal arch was used to commemorate victorious generals or significant public events such as the founding of new colonies, the construction of a road or bridge, the death of a member of the imperial family or the accession of a new emperor.  

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A great way to see the city

  Brussels beer fries mussels chocolate I had a little luck on the bus, they didn’t charge me so instead of 22 Euros I rode for free.  😛  


The Opera house

Brussels beer fries mussels chocolate Today the National Opera of Belgium, a federal institution, takes the name of the theater in which it is housed. Therefore, la Monnaie or de Munt refers both to the structure as well as the opera company. As Belgium’s leading opera house it is one of the few cultural institutions which receives financial support from the federal government of Belgium.

Drug Opera Restaurant

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Brussels was a total surprise for me, a truly memorable city.

Sunset in Brussels

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Around every corner is another photo opportunity.

100 meters from my hotel

Brussels beer fries mussels chocolate My hotel the  NH Grand Place Arenberg was great value & only 5 minutes walk to the Grand Place, good rooms at the right price & friendly staff. Breakfast & wi fi included.

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. 🙂 Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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