The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

Jolly Hotel du Grand Sablon

Monument of Egmont and Hornes at Park Le Petit Sablon

View of Park Le Petit Sablon with St. Catherines Cathedral in background

Buildings enroute to "The Grand Place"

Facades of buildings at "The Grand Place" (1)

Facades of buildings at "The Grand Place" (2)

Facades of buildings at "The Grand Place" (3)

Facades of buildings at "The Grand Place" (4)

Barb in the square in front of Brussels Town Hall in "The...

Facades of buildings at "The Grand Place" (5)

Facades of buildings at "The Grand Place" (6)

Facades of buildings at "The Grand Place" (7)

Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudela

Statue of St. Michael

St. Maes Chapel at Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudela

Main altar at Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudela

Crucifix at Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudela

Statue of St. Gudela

Knave at Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudela

Blessed Sacrement Chapel at Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudela

The Pulpit at Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudela

Nick at statue outside "The Grand Place"

St. Nicholas Church

Chapel at St. Nicholas Church

Main altar at St. Nicholas Church

Above statue of St. Nickolai

Statue of St. Nickolai (St. Nicholas)

Grande Boulangerie Bakery

La Cure Gourmande candy and cookie shop (1)

La Cure Gourmande candy and cookie shop (2)

La Cure Gourmande candy and cookie shop (3)

Gallerie de La Reine Shopping Mall

Some thirsty boys at Brasserie Belge (Micro Brewery)

Rue des Bouchers - Brussels Dining Street

Buildings at Grand Sablon near Jolly Hotel


Today we wandered thru the streets of Brussels which was a bit of a challenge given that the street signs were in French and our maps were mostly in French. We started out looking for "The Grand Place" and judging by our map it looked like we were going to be in for a bit of a hike.....it turned out that "The Grand Place" was only about five minutes away from our hotel. We walked into the square thru a side street and felt like we had stumbled into another world.....the facades of all the buildings surrounding the square were incredible. We continued wandering about the city centre and came to the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudela. The interior of the cathedral was very inviting and seemed to be much brighter inside than most of the cathedrals in the UK....perhaps it had more windows.......we headed back towards "The Grand Place" and enroute found another cathedral - St. Nicholas....it too was bright and inviting....As we continued our walk we came across numerous shops and explored a number of them before we stopped to have a pint of "blonde" at the Brasserie Belge, a local micro brewery just outside "The Grand Place". A couple of fellows seemed to be a bit thirsty and ordered themselves two "large glasses" of beer......I would think that the beer might get a little warm by the time they finished..... We later had dinner on "Rue des Bouchers" the infamous dining street in Brussels at a place called "The Lobster House". There were streets and streets of restaurants all side by side and each one vying for your business. A number of them had waiters standing out front trying to entice you into their particular establishment. It was difficult to decide which restaurant to try. We had determined that we would try the "mussels in Bussels" as we had read about them in an Edmonton Journal travel section article a number of months ago.....they didn't seem to be any different than the mussels we get at home......in any event we had a very nice meal and then headed back to our hotel along the streets and shops around "The Grand Place".....all in all a very good day in Brussels........



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