Arrival in Belgium
Yesterday was a day of travel via Icelandair to Brussels, Belgium. Our flight got in around 9:20pm and Alison and Andrew picked us up and gave us a quick driving tour on our way to their flat. We saw the Atomium, originally built for Expo ’58, which now twinkles at night. We also saw the exposition grounds, and took glimpses of the royal palace, Chinese and Japanese pavilions and drove through the central tunnels to see the Cinquantenaire park lit up at night.
We had a good night sleep and set off this afternoon towards the city center. We walked by the parliament building and the took a walk through Parc Royale. In the park they had a number of temporary sculptures depicting traditional Belgium food.
We continued past the royal palace, musical instrument museum and took our picture at Mont des Arts. We then continued to Grand Place but there was temporary stadium seating set up for an event, so some of the buildings were difficult to photograph.
We made the obligatory stop to see Manneken Pis and the it was all about shopping and food 🙂
We visited Les Galeries Saint Hubert, the glassed roof shopping arcade. We saw Belgium lace, expensive leather purses and shoes and most important of all: chocolate!
We ended our afternoon eating with Belgian waffles. I had a liege waffle with vanilla ice cream, strawberries and chocolate sauce. It was absolutely delicious. Tonight we are taking it easy, resting up for more adventures tomorrow.