Brussels Journals

Brussels via Eurostar

A September 2002 trip to Brussels by UK Flower Girl

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Quote: We travelled from Central London to Brussels on the Eurostar, which takes you through the Channel Tunnel. We spent two and a half days taking in what we could in this compact capital.

Brussels via Eurostar

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Overview

Hotel de Ville Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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Capital of the European Union, Brussels has an air of modern-world to it. Yet, it retains its old-world charm. You will find buildings ranging from the modern parliament buildings to the old Grand’Place square. Here are some of the best things to see Grote Markt (Grand’Place)—Visit for the fabulous Flemish Renaissance style and gabled Baroque guildhouses. It is one of the most recognizable features of Brussels. It is truly one of the most beautiful town squares in all of Europe. Manneken Pis-This little boy peeing is another major attractor of people. He is just a little boy perched in the corner peeing into the fountain. You wouldn’t believe the people that...Read More

Renaissance Brussels Hotel

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Renaissance Brussels Hotel Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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Renaissance Brussels Hotel We were lucky enough to stay in this beautiful four-star hotel that had just been renovated--and it showed. Renaissance moved into the building in 2001. It was modern and luxurious in all aspects. It is located in the Quartier Leopold near the European Parliament and the Palais Royale and only a few minutes from the nearest subway stop--Troon. It was, in fact, the first luxury hotel to be located near the European Parliament. Our room was very tastefully decorated and it was spacious and spotless. The bathroom was spacious and clean and the towels were fluffy (a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 3, 2004

Renaissance Brussels Hotel
RUE DU PARNASSE 19
Brussels, Belgium
32 2 505 2929

Food and Drink in Brussels

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Brussels is a great place to be if you like to eat great food and drink really great beer!! The best place to find a great restaurant is out of the main square, the Grand Place. It is very tempting to sit in the main square to eat because there are so many people around and it just looks like something you need to do. It is less expensive to go elsewhere. There are several very narrow side streets that branch off of this main square. Owners will stand outside and coax you into their restaurants. Try something new. Brussels is famous for its mussels. You will see big pots of steamed mussels everywhere you go in this city. I never did have the guts to try them, which is...Read More

Atomium--World Exhibition 1958

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Atomium Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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We read about this before we went to Brussels. We thought, "That seems pretty cheesy!" We found ourselves curious enough to go check it out, though! The Atomium isn't in the centre of town, you have to take the Metro outside of the main part of the city to see this amazing giant Iron molecule--it is on the northern outskirts of the city. It was built for the International Exhibition of Brussels in 1958 by André Waterkeyn. It has nine large spheres with tubes linking the nine spheres and stands 102 meters (about 334 feet) in height. There are escalators inside the tubes that take you to the different exhibits housed inside the spheres. There's tons of information about the Atomi...Read More