From Amsterdam we headed off to Brussels. After a train got cancelled and the next train got delayed, we finally made it to Brussels. First impression in the train station is, there were not many station staff on the concourse or platforms and there were no english signs or announcements.
We paid our first visit to Atomium and Mini-Europe. We had to catch a metro which was about 200m from the Brussels Central station. Thanks to a bus driver who suggested how to get there as there was no tourist information centre in the main station (!)
Atomium structure itself is very scientific, representing atomic structure of a molecule (Chemistry 101 ) . In my personal opinion, it would have been great if they had a scientific museum or a chemical museum in it. But they had a trade fairs exhibits on display and a restaurant.
Funny enough, the girls in the concierge could not explain well what was inside. So we skipped going inside and instead we admired the structure construction itself.
Mini-Europe was pretty interesting with miniatures of different infamous structures from across Europe.
We then headed off to the Grand Place in the market centre. Enjoyed excellent truffles and Belgium chocolate in the market which is just behind the grand place. A lovely market filled with some amazing cafes. Welcome to the cobble stoned ways I love these paths. They add a significantly specific beauty to the places.
The Grand Place, which dates back to the eighteenth century, is a key landmark in Brussels filled with Museum, Chic Boutiques, the infamous Belgian chocolate shops. You canNOT miss this and is exceptionally beautiful and photogenic in the night.
The Royal Palace, European Parliament, for art and history lovers The Royal Belgian museums of fine art are must-sees.
The above is a picture of Manniken Pis which is a diminutive statue of a boy pissing. Seems the original statue had been stolen quite a few times, hence the current one is a copy of the original.
We dint have much time otherwise, with its cycle lanes, would have loved to ride round the city and may be intercity Missed it!
With all of its beauty, grandeur and its significance in the European politics Brussels is a must see city in Europe and I am glad I could add it to my â€œCharms of travelâ€