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Beautiful Brussels

A June 2003 trip to Brussels by Dodomyte

Royal Crown Grand Mercure Brussels Photo, Brussels, Belgium More Photos
Quote: My wife and I spent five days in and around Brussels, including day trips to Brugge and Antwerp. This journal includes lodging, dining, and activity entries.

Beautiful Brussels

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Overview

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Almost everything was a highlight. The city of Brussels is modern yet still has a 17th century feel. Most of the action is centered around the Grand Place in the center of the city. When we were there, they had a stage set up in the middle of the square for a music festival that was happening. At other times, the entire square is covered in flowers. Tours are available of the town hall on certain days. If you are in shape, everything is within walking distance from the center of the city. The cathedrals were also a highlight with beautiful stained glass windows and statues.Quick Tips: 1. Don't bother renting a car. Public transportation is great and there aren't many parking spots arou...Read More

Royal Crown Grand Mercure Brussels

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Hotel

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The hotel is located in the city center near the most important business district and the major tourist areas. It contains 315 rooms, of which only 61 are non-smoking. There is a fine dining restaurant downstairs which is also open for a breakfast buffet, at 19 euro per person. A fitness facility is also available for those staying at the hotel. We didn't use this either since we did so much walking. The hotel staff was very friendly and all spoke english to mixed degrees. Rack rates were about 230 euro, but you can probably get a discount over the internet. We were staying on an airline employee discout which was 75% off. Accor seemed to have the best discounts for airline employees at th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 25, 2003

Royal Crown Grand Mercure Brussels
Rue Royale 250
Brussels, Belgium

Nuits Saint-Georges

Restaurant

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The restaurant is located off of the Grand Place on one of the streets packed with restaurants. It has both inside and outside seating. Both of us had the pot of mussels with fries. The portions were pretty generous with about 25-30 mussels per serving. The price was good at only 7,50 euro per plate and they threw in the first glass of wine free. Part of the reason that we chose this restaurant was because of the cheap mussels. We had never had them before and didn't want to spend 15-20 for a plate and then not like them. The other items on the menu were a little more expensive since we got the special. The mussels were tender and the service was pretty good. There were only two other...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 25, 2003

Nuits Saint-Georges
52 rue Gretrystraat 52 T
Brussels, Belgium
32-2-218.01.03

Paon De Pauro

Restaurant | "Le Paon de Pauro"

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We were very pleased with this restaurant. We went here on our first night and enjoyed sitting and eating dinner on the Grand Place. The atmosphere was excellent sitting outside and watching the people pass by and looking at all of the old buildings. I ate the Chicken Waterzooi, one of the most highly recommended local dishes, which is like a stew with chicken, potatoes, celery, and onions. It was outstanding and the portion was plentiful. My wife had the Carbonnades a la Flamande. This is another local dish with beef, kind of like a pot roast. The sauce covering it is a brown gravy made with mustard to give it some spice. The meat was incredibly tender and the sauce was very tasty. Th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 25, 2003

Paon De Pauro
In The Grand Place
Brussels, Belgium

Gaufre De Bruxelles

Restaurant

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Gaufre is just off of the Grand Place. You can either eat inside, outside, or take your food to go by ordering at the stand. We went there for breakfast twice since they are cheap and have good food. The first time we had crepes, mine with strawberry topping and hers with chocolate. Both were very large and delicious. The wait staff was very friendly and spoke good english. The second breakfast, we had ham and cheese omlettes. These were not quite as good as the crepes, but still not too bad. The prices were very reasonable. The crepes were three euro each, and the omlettes were 4,50. We also had one of their Belgian Waffles with chocolate one evening which was 1,50, pretty c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2003

Gaufre De Bruxelles
Off Grand Place
Brussels, Belgium

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The Happy Corner is located in the little row of restaurants inside the Brupark, where Mini-Europe, the Atomium, and a water park are located. The food is a mix of French and Belgium specialties, and they have both indoor and outdoor seating. My wife had the 1/2 Poulet Roti, which was half of a chicken, fries and a salad. There was a lot of food and it was very good for the price. I had the Carbonnades a la Flamande, a Flemish dish similar to a roast with a mustard based brown gravy. The meat was very tender and fell apart when cut with a fork. Both dishes were an excellent value at under 10 euro each. This was the cheapest dinner that we had in all of Brussels, which surprised us sinc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 25, 2003

Terrasse Enchantee (Happy Corner)
Inside Brupark (Mini-Europe)
Brussels, Belgium

Atomium

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Attraction | "The Atomium"

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The Atomium was built in 1958 for the Universal Exhibition held in Brussels that year. The name is actually a misnomer, since the building is representative of a metal molecule, made up of 9 atoms connected together. It is visible from most parts of the city due to its large size and location in the northern part of the city. You ride to the top of the structure, after the obligatory tourist photo, in Europe's fastest elevator. At the top, you have a 360 degree view of the city. Unfortunately, the windows are so cloudy, you can't get a decent picture of anything with your cameras. After the stop at the top, you take the elevator back down part of the way and get off in one of the balls. You then...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 30, 2003

Atomium
Atomium Square
Brussels, Belgium 1020
32 (0)2 475 47 75

Mini-Europe

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Attraction

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Despite the reviews that suggested that Mini-Europe was primarily for kids, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Perhaps we're just kids at heart! The attraction is located in the Brupark, the same park as the Atomium and a water park. It is easy to get to if you take the subway or trams to the Heizel stop. Mini-Europe is a collection of models of the most famous sights throughout the various countries in the European Union. Everything, with a couple of exceptions, is built to 1/25th scale, so you can see how they compare to each other in terms of size. The detail is incredible, and the movements and other additions are a nice touch. The models are aligned with their counterparts in their respec...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2003

Mini-Europe
Voetballaan 1 Avenue du Football
Brussels, Belgium 1020
+32 2 474 13 13