Brussels Journals

Sensory Delight: Brussels, Belgium

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A travel journal to Brussels by kosvp

Quote: I spent a semester abroad in Brussels, Belgium. I absolutely loved every moment of it. It is the perfect combination of history, culture, nightlife, and cuisine all wrapped up with the amazing energy of the EU.

Metropole Hotel

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Hotel | "Metropole"

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The Metropole is arguably one of the finest hotels in Brussels. I was there for a long weekend and couldn’t have asked for more. We found a weekend special and paid $50 (American) for a room that included a beautiful breakfast buffet. If you are looking for the weekends, check the Internet, because a lot of the people who stay here are on business, so the price dramatically decreases by Thursday evening. The lobby is beautiful very reminiscent of old Europe. With its elaborate molding and beautiful décor, you feel like you should be dressed to the nines and be mistaken for a movie star. In addition to the lobby being beautiful, the service is first-class. I was meeting my party here, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2005

Metropole Hotel
31 PL DE BROUCKERE
Brussels, Belgium
32-2-2172300

Manneken Pis Fountain Sculpture

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Attraction | "Manneken-Pis"

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Le Manneken-Pis is considered by many in Belgium as the symbolic representation of the Belgian people. This has something to do with how they view themselves as people with a good sense of humor and light-hearted. Personally, I think that it is still just a statue of a little boy peeing, but what do I know, I’m not Belgian. Jerome Duquesnoy made the statue the Elder in 1619. It is sculpted out of bronze and during its existence ahs been stolen, smashed, rebuilt, and much, much more. Therefore, the history behind the Manneken-Pis is long, if not distinguished. Perhaps the most notable thing about the statue is that on special occasions, he is dressed up in outfits. I believe that this ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2005

Manneken Pis Fountain Sculpture
Rue De L'etuve/Stoofstraat
Brussels, Belgium 1000

Grand Place (Grote Markt)

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Attraction | "Grand Place"

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La Grande Place is Brussels' more ornate square. It is composed of several buildings that represent the history or the country and the region. La Grande Place is a supreme example of architecture and a must-do for anyone in Brussels, whether for a day or a lifetime. Several of the buildings here are former Guild Houses, and it's possible to tell which ones are which depending on how they are decorated architecturally from the outside. An example of this: you can tell which building used to be the guild house of the shipbuilders because there are marine symbols on the building. If you are interested in this particular type of history, I would suggest taking a tour, because you will be able to le...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 7, 2005

Grand Place (Grote Markt)
Central Square
Brussels, Belgium 1000

European Parliament

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Before you read any further, I must admit that I am a little partial to the European Parliament. It might have something to do with having my internship there. That being said, I will start my review. Brussels is considered by most of Europe (except the French) to be the capital of Europe, and for 3 weeks out of the month Brussels is flooded with diplomats, aids, members of parliament, and anyone else you can imagine who would aid in the progress of Europe (the other week they are in Strasbourg, France). This being said, the European Union has just revamped/rebuilt several of their buildings. Most notable is the Parliament building. Close to the entire outside of the building is gla...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 7, 2005

European Parliament
60 Rue Wiertz
Brussels, Belgium

Rue Neuve/Nieuwstraat

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Attraction | "rue Neuve - Nieuwstraat"

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Rue Neuve is the place to go shopping if you are in the mood to shop. It has stores upon stores of everything, from mobile phone stores to shoe stores to clothes and perfume shops. I would suggest you go down this street even if you aren’t looking to buy. It has some very chic and high-end places to shop at and can be an experience even if you are "just looking." The best time to visit Rue Neuve is in January. I know it’s not exactly the middle of tourist season, but if you are here at that time, you hit the sales! The sales are huge, and you can get a new wardrobe for a fraction of what it would cost any other time. An example of this is when I bought a pair of pants for 5€ that were originally...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 8, 2005

Rue Neuve/Nieuwstraat
Place de la Monnaie to Place Charles Rogier
Brussels, Belgium

Beenhouwersstraat/Rue des Bouchers

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Attraction | "Strolling down Rue des Bouchers"

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Rue des Bouchers is a very different place from the rest of Belgium. It has an energy that is distinct from the rest of the city. While some of the locals may consider Rue des Bouchers a tourist trap, you can find a good deal if you are willing to look and bargain. Rue des Bouchers is basically a strip of restaurants; most of them are seafood restaurants that give a unique flair to the area. The first thing you will notice about the street is the amount of noise; there are waiters and maitre’ds in front of every restaurant. They will hawk at you to come in and try their food - it’s the best on the row. If you go during a slow night/off-season, you can really work with them. If you keep on walk...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 8, 2005

Beenhouwersstraat/Rue des Bouchers
Beenhouwersstraat en Rue des Bouchers
Brussels, Belgium 1000

Chez Johnny-Claridge

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Attraction

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Chez Johnny was one of the first bars or nightclubs we visited in Belgium. We actually came upon it by accident; we were looking for another club, but the only one we could find on the street was Chez Johnny. It was different experience than what we were looking for, but still pretty amazing. The decor is nice, a little eclectic, but nothing to make you feel too uncomfortable. There are tables and chairs spread out along the parameter, so even if you don’t feel like dancing, you can watch everyone else and enjoy a drink. You don’t need to wait until a fashionable hour to start the party here. We came at 10pm (okay, maybe it was closer to 10:30pm after we stopped getting lost), and th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 13, 2005

Chez Johnny-Claridge
24 Chaussee de Louvain
Brussels, Belgium

Sint-Hubertusgalerijen/Galeries Saint-Hubert

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Attraction | "Galeries Saint-Hubert"

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Galeries Saint-Hubert is considered the oldest indoor shopping center in the world. How could I miss that during my stay in Belgium? Due to the fact that I consider myself somewhat of a shopping connoisseur, I was excited to see what it had in store for me (no pun intended). Galeries Saint-Hubert was built in 1848 and is well-known for the beauty of its architecture in addition to its place as the first indoor mall. Instead of the traditional roof you would see in many of the malls around here, Galleries Saint-Hubert has a glass room. It allowed for the different shops along the street to be joined together and protected from the elements (think rain - it is Belgium after all). Due to the fact th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 25, 2005

Sint-Hubertusgalerijen/Galeries Saint-Hubert
Rue de la Montagne Bergstr. en Grasmarkt
Brussels, Belgium 1000

Waffles in Belgium

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Waffles. For anyone who has ever been to Brussels, that word will evoke memories of the perfect snack. Of warm, melt-in-your-mouth, sweet treats. You are unable to walk anywhere in Brussels without being confronted with the smell, from the metro stops to street corners, to the sights around town you will be bombarded with waffles. There is a reason for this the waffles are wonderful! There have been nights that I have dreamt about waffles since being home. My advice is to try out several of the waffle places. If you are on vacation, you will only be able to have them for as long as you are in Belgium, embrace them! Belgian waffles are nothing like the ones that America has coined "Belgian waffl...Read More

Riding the Metro

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The metro system in Brussels is the way to get around. It goes out to the end of the city limits and most of the time you won’t need to go that far. Fare passes are 1.5 euros a ride (I believe you may want to check on the prices), they sell them in single rides, five rides, 10 rides, and even monthly (these are also the same passes for the bus and tram). If you get the monthly pass, then you will have to take a picture to go along with the pass. I would strongly suggest riding the metro in Brussels; I have never experienced a problem with it at all. I rode the metro every day to work, to school, in the morning, afternoon, evening, late night, and early the next morning. I have never felt unsafe...Read More