After Luke and I had grabbed one last crepe from Paris, we headed to Gare du Nord (north station) for a train to Brussels, Belgium. We reserved seats on a high speed train for 12:55pm, so we arrived 1hr 20min later.
Left: crepes for breakfast after eating breakfast!
Right: Luke and I make sandwiches for lunch everyday - some pretty good ones too!
Anyway, our train stopped at Brussels Midi (south station), but we were able to use our train tickets to get us to Brussels Centraal (central station) which was just around the corner from our hotel. We stayed at Hotel Exe Sablon located at Rue de la Paille 2 for our whole stay in Belgium. It was in a terrific location! It had a separate toilet room, a hair dryer from who knows what century and a small refrigerator. In the morning, we could hear noise from trucks on the street, but other than that, the hotel was great for our stay.
Left: the hair dryer I used for 5 days - the cord was only 2 ft long and the counter stuck out 2 ft
Manneken Pis - A small fountain of a little boy peeing. I expected it (the fountain) to be bigger than it was... the boy is only about two feet tall. Someone puts a new outfit on the boy each day.
Grand Place-Grote Markt - The main square of Brussels where Town Hall is located. It is a fun and beautiful sight! Every couple of years, the open ground is covered with a "blanket of flowers" (click to see a picture).
General Walking - We didn't have much of an agenda, so we wondered around going in and out of chocolate shops, specialty beer stores, down restaurant filled side streets, etc.
We stopped for a few beers, some dinner, grabbed some chocolates, and then noticed some quirky music coming from the town square. At night, the buildings light up and play music with the flickering of the lights. It is one of the more unique things we have seen while traveling.
We went back to the hotel to rest for a few hours before midnight because a fireworks show was taking place at the train station. Since we are just around the corner from the train station, we didn't leave until 11:45. It was raining pretty good, but it was fun! With so many languages surrounding us, it was fun to listen to the countdown to midnight. Here are a few videos to show some of our New Year celebration:
Party time before mid-night:
Happy New Year y'all!!
Other posts on Brussels: Post 2, Wrap-Up
The Belgians came up with the name French Fries. They eat them with mayo not ketchup.