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Brussels-A City of Chocolate and Beer

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An April 2000 trip to Brussels by kimca

Brussels Photo, Brussels, Belgium More Photos
Quote: Brussels is famous for it's beer, chocolates and lace-I'm not sure about the lace but the other two make it worth a visit!

Brussels-A City of Chocolate and Beer

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Brussels Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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Thngs to do in Brussels: Visit the Grote Markt (Market Square), said to be one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Often filled with vendors selling plants, the whole square is covered in a flower carpet every two years during the third week of August. The famous Mannekin-Pis-the world famous statue of the peeing boy. Like every large city, Brussels has its fair share of main shopping streets. Buy gifts for those who didn't get to come to Brussels or just for yourself! Don't leave without trying a fresh Belgian waffle. You will see stands set up everywhere and the smell will guide you to them. Take a dayt...Read More

Sleepwell Hostel

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Now I can''t knock the Sleepwell too much, cause it was cheap-dirt cheap. Our double room including breakfast cost a total of $30, including breakfast. The room itself was small with two twin beds. The bathroom was located in the hall and I give the shower pressure two thumbs up. The annoying part was the strict 10am-4pm lockout. There was one day, we felt like we were going to freeze to death outside and couldn''t come in. The doors lock automatically and you are unable to get in until exactly 4pm. They don''t seem to clean the rooms during the day so I''m not sure what purpose the lockout serves. Make sure you don''t forget anything in your room, you won''t be able to get...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 23, 2001

Sleepwell Hostel
Rue du Damier, 23 B-1000
Brussels, Belgium
32 2 218 50 50

Manneken Pis Fountain Sculpture

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Attraction | "Manneken-Pis"

Manneken Pis Fountain Sculpture Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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I was not going to leave Brussels without seeing the famous statue of Manneken-Pis, the famous peeing boy. There are many legends to why the statue is there but noone actually knows what the true story is. He has been stolen on and off through out the years but definately has a home in Brussels. The Manneken-Pis was naked the day we first saw him and the next day when we went back, he was in a military uniform. Different groups sponser outfits for him and there is a timetable up beside him saying what the next outfit will be and when it will be changed. To see pictures of a collection of his outfits, visit my post on the City Museum of Brussels. The Mannek...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 23, 2001

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

City Museum of Brussels

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Attraction | "City Museum of Brussels/Manneken-Pis Costumes"

City Museum of Brussels Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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The reason I was interested in seeing the City Museum of Brussels (Musees de la Ville de Bruxelles)was to see the collection of costumes worn by the Manneken-Pis. My boyfriend thought I was crazy, but I had taken a liking to him! The first few floors of the museum were very dull, historical displays laid out like a middle school science fair. When we finally got to the top floor of where the costumes were located, I was very impressed. There was every costume imaginable from different countries to different sports. They were all in glass cases and very detailed, with a stratagic hole cut out in just the right place. I enjoyed that part of the museum b...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 23, 2001

City Museum of Brussels
Town Hall
Brussels, Belgium

Day Trip to Ghent

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Ghent Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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Ghent is the 4th largest city in Belgium and a spirited university town. The Belgian State University is located here and it is filled with students and young people, which makes for a great energy. The train ride to Ghent will take you less than an hour and makes a great daytrip. If you enjoy museums, there is a surplus in Ghent. Everything from the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design to the Museum on the History of Medecine Walking throught Ghent, you will most likely see what is called the Three Towers of Ghent. The steeples of buildings that make up this view are the Belfort, Saint Baaf Cathedral, Saint Nicholas Church and the Post Office. It is pr...Read More

Day Trip To Antwerp

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Antwerp Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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Antwerp is home to the second largest harbour in Europe (next to Rotterdam) and has a population of 500,000. It is the diamond center of the world and you can visit a variety of diamond musuems, which are basically stores trying to sell you jewellery with a few exhibits. While we were in Antwerp, we visited the Antwerp Zoo that houses over 4000 animals. It cost us 460 BF each and we spent a few hours looking at everything. We were disappointed we didn't get to see the koalas but the weather was too cold at that point for them. The Grote Markt in Antwerk is surrounded by the Town Hall and the Houses of the Guilds. It's a nice area to wander around, filled...Read More