Chocolate, Waffles and a tiny little Pisser
12.01.2007 - 16.01.2007
Well three days in Brussels is certainly more than enough time to explore the relatively small city. Staying in a nice new hostel was a great change from some of the places I had been staying in. In fact, it may have been the best I've stayed in, with a giant plasma and DVD library and a good kitchen (always a plus).
The sites in Brussels are few and far between, but a few are worth mention. The Art Musuem is fantastic if a little crowded, and the view from that part of the city was worth the uphill climb. The Grand Place is just what you see on the postcards, but other than a few lace shops and pubs it doesn't have much to offer. And to our little pissing friend - 'Mannekin Pis' who was the size of a child's doll and almost covered by scaffolding - I wouldn't exactly be proud if that was a main highlight of my home town.
But Belgium does have great food even if all of it is designed to kill you and clog your arteries. Of course you have the eponymous chocolates that are worth every euro you pay for them. Then you have the famous waffles which can be great or terrible depending on where you get them (i'd say stick to the plain chocolate or sugar covered ones - bananas and nuts and the like are just superfluous. And then you have Frites, the best food known to mankind. I am geniunely a fries lover (they're my favourite food group and I could live on them alone) and those found in Belgium and its Dutch neighbour are by far the greatest I have ever tasted, especially with fritesaus on top! mmm delicious!
Other than that, Brussels had little to offer in terms of real sites, so the rest of my time was spent wandering around the city and the little lanes until it was time to fly off to the place I had been longing to visit ever since I can remember - I was off to Italy!