Our feet were literally cut up from our dastardly Dutch tour. Flip-flops were not designed for long distance walking and our feet showed it.
The way into Brussels is ultimately simple, straight off the Highway, and only about 2 1/2 hours from Amsterdam. One of the first sites we came to was ‘Our Lady of Laeken Church’.
There is usually parking right in the church lot, if you are only staying long enough to take some photos. And it is indeed worth stopping for.
The architecture in Bruxelles(Fr)/Brussels(En) is like nowhere else in the world. Regal and grand, Brussels was fortunate to have had only one air raid at the end of World War II, that did not result in damage to their central medieval architecture.
With parking secured in the ‘Grand Place Parkade‘ (I suggest it, perfect location, and cheaper than Amsterdam!), we headed out to find some of the famous sites and happened upon a glorious mall – ‘Galeries St. Hubert‘ – glass ceiling, gorgeous architecture.
You can’t miss it, it’s so close to the Grand Place. I didn’t buy anything (not for lack of want), but loved the dreamy walk through.
Statues, in the Middle Ages when the majority of the population was illiterate, were used for telling important stories, lessons, and laws – as well as for honouring significant people and historical moments. In no place in the world are there more stories being told than in the Grand Place.
Just be sure to visit on a rainy Wednesday morning – it seems to always be entirely packed with tourists and the like – for good reason – if you are into this type of architecture, Brussels is the best example of its kind in the world.
Some research says this played a role in the decision to deem it the capital of the European Union.
I am not a photographer, and would never claim to be. I generally photograph for myself, to keep track more than to create art, but Brussels is so gorgeously gothic, even I managed to capture some images worth printing out (but only a few!).
There was even a glorious place for rent right in Grand Place, which of course made us stop for a moment and wonder what it would cost and how we could manage to make the move…
Many additional photos in the slideshow.
- Laeken Monument
- About Benelux Belgium
- Galeries St. Hubert (Shopping Mall Brussels)
- Bruxelles Events and Happenings
- BBC WW2 The Peoples War