Arriving in Brussels

by Stuart And Barbara Robertson February. 29, 2020 120 views
Arrived this afternoon in Brussels. Our first time stopping in the city, although we have travelled many times by train through the main station. Nice to be able to explore the city, along with many other people. This is the Grote Markt, or Grand Place. Many exquisite buildings were the guild halls

Arrived this afternoon in Brussels. Our first time stopping in the city, although we have travelled many times by train through the main station. Nice to be able to explore the city, along with many other people. This is the Grote Markt, or Grand Place. Many exquisite buildings were the guild halls

There were several guild halls, although now only the beer makers guild still occupies their building. Many of the buildings were private homes. This is the House of the Dukes of Brabant. Now it is a museum for the city

There were several guild halls, although now only the beer makers guild still occupies their building. Many of the buildings were private homes. This is the House of the Dukes of Brabant. Now it is a museum for the city

This is the Kings House. The original 12th century wooden building was called the Bread House, Broodhuis in Dutch, as bread was sold here. In the 15th century it was rebuilt in stone. The Duke of Brabant lived here and became the King of Spain.

This is the Kings House. The original 12th century wooden building was called the Bread House, Broodhuis in Dutch, as bread was sold here. In the 15th century it was rebuilt in stone. The Duke of Brabant lived here and became the King of Spain.

The town hall with the moon shining through. It was built in the 14 th century and is the only remaining medieval building. The rest have been restored or remodelled following damage in many wars

The town hall with the moon shining through. It was built in the 14 th century and is the only remaining medieval building. The rest have been restored or remodelled following damage in many wars

The individual buildings show better in this view.

The individual buildings show better in this view.

Like a kid in a candy store! Neuhaus chocolates are Barbara’s favourites.

Like a kid in a candy store! Neuhaus chocolates are Barbara’s favourites.

And we walked about the downtown, we found the famous Manneken-Pis. He is actually only 2 feet tall, much smaller than we expected

And we walked about the downtown, we found the famous Manneken-Pis. He is actually only 2 feet tall, much smaller than we expected

And yes, there is a constant stream of water.

And yes, there is a constant stream of water.

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Björn Roose 3 months ago

Manneke Pis is supposed to represent a baby pissing op people's heads while being carried around on a shield. Babies are not very big smile The original, by the way, is in Geraardsbergen (that city won a battle against Brussels with a little help from the little guy). The one in Brussels is a copy, although they did steal the original once ...

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Stuart And Barbara Robertson Replied to Björn Roose 3 months ago

And the city museum says it has the original. There are many legends and it has been stolen several times. Some of the stories may be true. But it is emblematic of Brussels and an unusual  sense of humour.

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Björn Roose Replied to Stuart And Barbara Robertson 3 months ago

Yeah, it has the original Brussels one ... Which is a bad copy of the Geraardsbergen one ... And that is indeed pretty typical for Brussels. After all the modern symbol for the city is a 'zinneke', a bastard dog ...

But never mind, do trust what the tourist guides tell you smileAfter all, what do I know, I've lived in my capital city only ten years of my life.

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Stuart And Barbara Robertson Replied to Björn Roose 3 months ago

Don’t trust everything in tourist guides or car GPS systems! But we are enjoying your city.  The instrument museum was great this morning. Touring l’Hotel de Ville later today. Very walkable city

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Björn Roose Replied to Stuart And Barbara Robertson 3 months ago

Try the city outside the tourist quarter, you'll enjoy running instead of walking smileSeriously, do enjoy your stay, but trust me: Brussels is the capital city of Flanders (and thus mine), but you'll find very few Flemish who consider it their city. Lots of us work there, but we don't want to live there (one of the reasons being that our language, Dutch, the language of the majority, is barely spoken in what is the capital of belgium and the European union too).

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Stuart And Barbara Robertson Replied to Björn Roose 3 months ago

Dutch friends have just arrived to spend 24 hours with us. We would speak Dutch in honour of Brussels and the Flemish connection, but sadly we have no understanding of the Dutch language. I studied German at school a hundred years ago, so can follow some of their conversation

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Björn Roose Replied to Stuart And Barbara Robertson 3 months ago

That's more than 99 percent of the Brussels population would do, so no reason to be ashamed of yourself smile

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Stuart And Barbara Robertson Replied to Björn Roose 3 months ago

Good. I do love languages but am more fluent in French this with some Spanish. Love travelling and hearing conversations in various languages. Always try to guess the topic!

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