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Eating Our Way Through Brussels in One Day

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An April 2009 trip to Brussels by Carmen

Grand Place (Grote Markt) Photo, Brussels, Belgium More Photos
Quote: We took a day trip on the train from Amsterdam to Brussels. If you don't leave with a tummy ache from the chocolate samples & Belgian waffles, you didn't do it right. :) Plus the Grand Place will make you sick - with envy over the architecture!

For Chocoholics

Neuhaus

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Attraction | "Chocolate Smorgasbord - Menu Please!"

Neuhaus Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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Of all of the chocolate shops in Brussels, this was the one where we elected to spend the most money. Neuhaus chocolate is one of the finest in Brussels, and located on the Grand Place just a few doors down from the more-famous Godiva, and a few doors up from the "I see it everywhere in Belgium" Leonidis, where the chocolate costs less because it’s machine- and not hand-made. Neuhaus made it easy to select our chocolate goodies. Well, as easy as it can be to pick around 20 pieces out of the tantalizing hundreds. There’s a small pamphlet on the counter, which serves as kind of a menu, with a picture of the chocolate and a description of what’s inside in several different languages. We purch...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 28, 2009

Neuhaus
61 Avenue Louise
Brussels, Belgium 1000
+32 2 544 06 00

L'Art Du Chocolat

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Attraction | "Free Samples For All!"

Chocolate Fountain Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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A far cry from the handmade chocolates found on the Grand Place, L’Art Du Chocolat is a good, less expensive substitute. It’s not "Oh-my-goodness-this-is-better-than-sex!" quality, but it’s right up there with "I-found-$20-in-my-pocket!" good.The best thing about entering into L’Art Du Chocolate, and any of the chocolatiers, really, is the display cases. And the chocolate fountains. And the FREE samples. As my handsome significant other said, "If you come to Brussels and don’t leave with a tummy ache, you didn’t do it right."Here, at L’Art Du Chocolate, we had the same challenge as in the other shops - choosing between all the yummy treats. We ended up with a box (this time, on...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 28, 2009

Love Me Some Belgian Waffles!

Elisabeth Belgian Waffles

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Attraction | "Waffles - They're No Just For Breakfast Anymore"

Waffle Goodness Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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Walk through the Grand Place, or almost any of the surrounding streets. Inhale. Smell that? That sweet, warm aroma in the air is sure to be coming from one of the many shops selling Belgian waffles.I managed to walk around Brussels for three hours before succumbing to that aroma - how’s that for self control? When I finally did break down, I decided to chose the waffe maker that had the longest line - they were sure to be good, right?Right.Elisabeth is a waffle maker located right off of the Grand Place, across the street from the "Is it Raining?" statue (a statue of three men looking up to the sky with their hands out. Another endearing example of the Brussels sens...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 28, 2009

Eat Up Those Views!

Grand Place (Grote Markt)

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Attraction | "The Heart of Brussels"

Grand Place (Grote Markt) Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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The Grand Place is a large square in the heart of Brussels surrounded by architectural masterpieces. When you first walk into the square, it’s all you can do to keep your jaw from dropping to the ground. Actually, I think mine dropped anyway. All you can say is "wow!" until you come around from your dream and realize this is an actual place on earth. Then, you venture into the square, mingling with the other tourists (which is an astoundingly low number, by the way) and snapping away with your camera.The dominating feature of the Grand Place is the magnificent clock tower atop the Town Hall building. Inside, you’ll find a small museum (which we didn’t bother with) and the tourist informati...Read More

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

Now, Walk Off The Calories

Upper Town Walk

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View of Lower Town Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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Don’t make the mistake of just seeing one part of Brussels. There are two "towns" separated by elevation. The Lower Town is just that, the part of the city at the bottom of the big hill. There, you’ll find the Grand Place, the Manneken Pis, the chocolate shops, etc. If you want to walk off all the chocolate and waffles, take a 15 minute walk UP the hill to get to the Upper Town (or, spend 1.50 Euro to ride the bus, #95, which you catch on the side of the Bourse, or Stock Exchange, just off the Grand Place.)There are lots of sights that await you - including one heck of a view back down on Lower Town. The bus drops you at the Place Royal (notice, it’s not PALACE, the palace is a...Read More

Manneken Pis Fountain Sculpture

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Attraction | "Big Anticipation, Little Bitty Statue"

Manneken Pis Fountain Sculpture Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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I think that the best thing about Brussels is that you enter the heart of the city in this magnificent Grand Place, with grandiose structures and breathtaking beauty. Then, you and everyone else visiting the city that day, walk a few blocks behind the Grand Place to see a tiny little statue of a little boy irreverently peeing into a fountain. It is cheekiness in it’s true form, and it sums up, I think, the attitude of the people in this French city - you gotta laugh at yourself.And when I say "small statue," that is not a commentary on either the boy’s manhood or his height - the statue is just on a very small scale. Actually, if everyone wasn’t walking, guidebook in hand, with the specifi...Read More

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