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Belgium: Waffles, Chocolate and More!

An August 2006 trip to Belgium by Mandan Lynn

Grote Markt Photo, Brussels, Belgium More Photos
Quote: I adore Belgium, one day and one city at a time.

Belgium: Waffles, Chocolate and More!

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Grote Markt Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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What's not to love about Belgium? Waffles. Chocolate. Diamonds. A beautiful market square in Brussels (Grote Markt to the Dutch speakers, Grand Place to the French speakers). Fantastic art museums.Quick Tips: Shop around for the best deals on chocolate. Prices vary considerably. Taste doesn't vary so much -- it's chocolate. It's good.I'm told that women traveling alone can face some harassment in Brussels. I didn't have any trouble, but be aware.In Brussels, shop owners were a friendly lot who certainly appreciated any attempts at speaking French.Best Way To Get Around: With only a day to spend in Brussels, I didn't stray far from Central Station and...Read More

Musee du Chocolat

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Museum of Cocoa and ChocolateTuesday-Sunday 10:00-4:30 pmAdmission: 5,00 euros (students 4,00)This is the third chocolate museum I've visited (the others being in Cologne and Barcelona) and it is by far the least interesting and the worst value.It was the most expensive chocolate museum I visited, and it only kept me busy for about 20 minutes. The building is charming, but the displays look more like a student's science fair project -- much of the information is displayed on posterboard. I could put together a better museum from my personal chocolate experiences.Everything readable is written in French, Dutch, and English, but some of the information is outdated. For ex...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 2, 2006

Musee du Chocolat
9/11 Rue de la Tête d'Or
Brussels, Belgium
+32 (0) 514 20 48

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Musee Royaux des Beaux-Arts
Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-5:00 pm
Admission: 5,00 euros (students 3,50)

This includes the Ancient Art section and the Modern Art section. I think. At least, nobody stopped me going either place. When I bought my ticket, I was under the impression it was just for the modern art, but I guess it was for both.

I really enjoyed this collection, mostly paintings, some sculpture. Look for Rubens, Delacroix, and Vogels. There are lots of works by Dutch, Belgian, and French artists.

Lengthy captions are in Dutch, French, and English. Paintings that have only a title and artist listed are just in French and Dutch.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 2, 2006

Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique
3 Rue de la Regence
Brussels, Belgium

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What else do you need? You can keep busy all day just eating.

Waffle stands are all over the place. A waffle will cost between 1,50 and 4,00 euros, depending what you pile on top of it. Some stands just have plain ones, but others will offer a variety of toppings including chocolate, strawberries, bananas, honey, sugar and whipped cream. I enjoy the plain ones -- they're still really sweet and chewy, and much less messy.

Chocolate shops are also everywhere. Some are more expensive than others. The cheapest I saw was 250 grams for 4,00 euros. The most expensive was 250 grams for 8,00 euros. Pick and choose -- they're all delicious.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 3, 2006

Manneken Pis Fountain Sculpture

Attraction | "Manneken Pis"

Manneken Pis Fountain Sculpture Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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The Manneken Pis might be Brussels' most famous resident. He's a little tiny statue (for some reason, I thought he'd be bigger!) of a boy continually relieving himself.

There are some legends surrounding his presence, including that he commemorates a little boy who helped put out a big fire. The official word seems to be that he was to provide clean drinking water to the people. It doesn't really matter--he's still a funny little guy.

He has been stolen, dressed in costumes, and giggled at by, probably, millions. Keep an eye out for him--he's tucked into a street corner, so if you're not careful, you might miss him.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 5, 2006

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

Groeninge Museum

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Groeninge MuseumTuseday-Sunday 9:30-5:00 pmAdmission: 8,00 euros (students and youth 6,00)You can also purchase a pass for 15,00 euros that gains you entrance to five different museums in Bruges.Overall, I wasn't terribly impressed. The admission price seemed high for the paintings displayed.You must put your bag in the lockers; they lost 1,00 euro. The audio tour is included in the admission price. It was a decent audio tour, but considering that much of the art was religious art, it wasn't usually necessary. I mean, you see a painting of the Crucifix, you know what's happening. You don't need an explanation. So, the audio tour offered information on the artist...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 4, 2006

Groeninge Museum
Djiver 12
Bruges, Belgium

Rubenshuis

Attraction | "Rubens Huis"

Rubenshuis Photo, Antwerp, Belgium
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I love Peter Paul Rubens. This museum is the whole reason I visited Antwerp. The Rubenshuis was indeed Ruben's House. He lived there. It now includes much of his own artwork as well as the works of others. The highlights, for me, were The Annunciation and Adam and Eve in Paradise.You can also see works by Anthony Van Dyck and Jan Breughel. Right now, the special exhibit is of William and Margaret Cavendish. You're given a booklet when you buy your ticket that offers a brief description of each piece in the exhibit -- which includes pieces of jewelry, letters, and sculptures as well as paintings. It ends up being quite a history lesson on this couple, who spent some time in Rubens' home....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 13, 2006

Rubenshuis
Wapper 9-11
Antwerp, Belgium 2000
+ 32 3 201 15 77