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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Seeing the Manneken Pis and roaming around Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and La-Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is my most favorite among the cities and places that I visited in Europe last year. I would love to come back here someday to explore the city some more. Hopefully with a special someone. LOLZ!

The Mannekin Pis, however, was a little underwhelming. But it was cute. I also got to visit both Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and La-Grand Place. The former is so close to my heart because it's a shopping and leisure strip. Teehee!

From Wikipedia:

The Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (French) or Koninklijke Sint-Hubertusgalerijen (Dutch) is a glazed shopping arcade in Brussels that preceded other famous 19th-century shopping arcades such as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan and The Passage in St Petersburg. Like them it has twin regular façades with distant origins in Vasari's long narrow street-like courtyard of the Uffizi, Florence, with glazed arcaded shopfronts separated by pilasters and two upper floors, all in an Italianate Cinquecento style, under an arched glass-paned roof with a delicate cast-iron framework.

The gallery consists of two major sections, each more than 100 meters in length (respectively called Galerie du Roi / Koningsgalerij, meaning King's Gallery, and Galerie de la Reine / Koninginnegalerij, meaning Queen's Gallery), and a smaller side gallery (Galerie des Princes / Prinsengalerij, meaning Gallery of the Princes). The main sections (King and Queen's Gallery) are separated by a colonnade at the point where the Rue des Bouchers / Beenhouwersstraat crosses the gallery complex.

Let me show you some photos.

This is a busy strip but surprisingly it wasn't that crowded that afternoon when I was there.
Really love this 19th-century architecture.
Those statues and that glass dome.

Longchamp!!! I went inside and...you know what happened next. Ahihihi!
Oh, a Belgian guy....
And now...for the famous pissing boy...the Mannekin Pis (Little Man Pee). I really thought that this was a big big big statue of a little boy pissing. But, no. It was so small. And it was very difficult to find!
The famous statue is at the junction of Rue de l'Étuve/Stoofstraat and Rue du Chêne/Eikstraat. To find it, one takes the left lane next to the Brussels Town Hall from the famous Grand Place and walks a few hundred metres southwest via Rue Charles Buls/Karel Bulsstraat. (Wikipedia)
When in Belgium...one must try their Belgian waffles! Seriously. This one was just 1 Euro and it's so so so delicious! I just bought this along the street. It's so good that I actually bought two more of this. LOLZ!

Godiva is probably the most famous Belgian chocolate brand for us here in the Philippines but if ever you're in Belgium, please do try Neuhaus. It's equally good. Their ice cream is sooo good, too.

I thought that this mural looked cool so I took a photo of it.

I really enjoyed walking around these streets. I think I would've enjoyed it even more if I was with a special guy.
And then we'd have dinner at one of the restaurants there.
A brick building.
I saw some people touching this statue of Everard t'Serclaes so I touched it as well. It's located on Charles Buls Street and people say that if you touch it, especially the arm, it will bring you good luck. I made a wish as well. Rubbing the arm ensures one's return to Brussels so I guess I'll be going back there someday. Excited!
And now, let's go to the La-Grand Place. Most of the buildings there were under renovation. See those gold? According to our tour guide, those gold trimmings are real.
If I'm not mistaken, that building on the left is their town hall.

So love every bit of architecture in this plaza.
ING is big in Europe. I saw this mascot on the street and I was so tempted to hug it. I just wasn't sure if it was a guy or a girl that was inside this mascot costume so I hesitated. Teehee!
Do you miss Haagen-Dazs? Me too! Huhu!
Yes, you're right. I had too much chocolates when I was in Belgium.
A sea of people.
I miss Brussels already.
I'll definitely come back...with my pink Puma rubber shoes.



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