capital of Belgium and headquarters of both the EU and NATO has one
of the most impressive central squares in Europe. The Grand Place
is a 15th century market square. And, any direction from it is a stroll
through cobblestone streets lined with cafes and unique boutiques.
is one "must see" not far from the Grand Place, but everyone
seems to agree it is a big disappointment. You have to see Manneken
Pis, the statue of the little boy peeing. I don't know why the statue
is so famous. It is located in a hidden corner of a building and the
boy is so small. You would never notice him if it were not for the
crowds of tourists at the corner taking his photo. Still, he is quite
the attraction and is dressed up on so many occasions that I've yet
to see him in his natural state. And, in another corner not far away,
you can see Janneke Pis, a little girl peeing. All's fair in love
course, touring Brussles has many other really neat things to see.
That list includes the Royal Palace and Cathedral of Saint Michel,
parks with beautiful statues, antique shopping in the Sablon, examples
of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, the homes of Magritte and Horta, the
Atomium, the Basilica
of Koekelberg, the Notre
Dame Church of Laken, and the Royal
Gardens. And, a big surprise in the back of the Museum of Art
and History are statues that were somehow removed from Easter Island.