Hello everyone! 🙂
As mentioned in my previous post, I joined Expat Explore for my Europe tour. During my last night in Amsterdam, I met the group which was headed by our lovely tour guide, Lish. We assembled at Hamptons by Hilton hotel which was also our home for the first night of the tour.
We had a chance to have dinner together and roam around the city for a few hours. However, we had to call the night early because we have a 7AM call time the next day. That’s the catch of choosing a group tour, you have to abide by the rules especially the time. If you think you will cause any trouble, then don’t ever join one. Lol
So the next day after the early breakfast, we gathered in front of our coach for our first destination, Brussels. It was just actually a short visit en route to Paris. The ride from Amsterdam to Brussels was 2 hours, more or less.
Our first stop? The Atomium! As per Wikipedia, it is a landmark building in Brussels, originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. It is located on the Heysel Plateau, where the exhibition took place. And now, it has become a museum. We did not go inside since it was just a quick stop over.
On our way to the main attraction, I was able to take some shots of the city. It’s very simple and unassuming. The weather during that time was very gloomy that added more drama in the background.
But when I finally laid eyes on the Grand Palace, everything just turned so magical. It felt so surreal. It’s like seeing the whole Europe in one frame. My photo won’t do enough justice to describe it’s majesty but believe me, it was quite perfection.
The Grand Palace is the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by a town hall, a beer museum and a collection of restaurants and souvenir shops. It is also the home of numerous festive and cultural events of Belgium.
A few steps away from the main square is also one of the tourist spots in Brussels, the Mannekin Pis. It’s a cute small bronze sculpture depicting a naked little boy urinating in a fountain’s basin. They say that it embodies the sense of humor of the people of Brussels and their independence of mind.
But just like all the other places, the one thing that always makes the difference is the food. Waffles, fries and chocolates — everything Belgian! Taking pride of these popular treats, they made sure that you can just buy everything in every corner. Sugar waffles are available for 1 EUR and the rest depends on the flavor. It was fun being surrounded by colorful waffles. Happiness!
Brussels is a combination of simplicity and grandeur. Even if you only have a few hours to spare, the aesthetic of this city will fill your soul with so much peace. It’s the place where you can just sit all by yourself and will never feel alone. Oh, that feeling that Brussels brings.
On to my next destination, Paris! ❤️