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Monday, October 24, 2005

They have great chocolate.

We had a pretty good day visiting Brussels. Krip will tell you that Belgium is probably the most boring country in the world and Brussels being it's capital, therefore must be the most boring city in the world. I wouldn't go that far; however, it's not that exciting of a city either. That's not to say we didn't have a good time.

We did a hell of a lot of walking up and down steps, and took the subway to different parts of the city. One thing we did notice and we didn't know why was that no one seemed to pay to get on the subway (except for tourists), so like the saying goes "when in Rome" or in Brussels as the case may be, we didn't pay after our first trip on the subway either.

We did have a wonderful lunch and a bottle of excellent wine to go with it. We had been stopped earlier by a maitre de, who had asked if we were English, and while asking, invited us to eat at his restaurant. We told him that we weren't ready to eat, but we would come back. Don't think he thought we meant it. However, much to his delight, we did return, and got a complimentary drink out of it.

Went to a really nice museum, I would write about it, but I can't tell you what it was about, except to say we saw some paintings, silver, porcelain, and statues...there was nothing in English to tell us what it was.

We went to see the famous Mannekin Pis. I don't know why, but it didn't even occur to me that this little tyke was only 24" inches tall. He wasn't naked as he is normally. I think some guild was celebrating something or another and dressed him for the occasion. At any rate, while we were photographing the little "pisser," a group dressed just like he was came around the corner, each taking a glass of beer, and proceeded to sing songs. Very comical and very weird.

All in all, we had a nice day. It was a very long-ass day. We've done Brussels. I prefer London anyday of the week. But it was all right.

Did I mention that Krip accidently deleted all the pics we took of the trip yesterday while downloading them? Said it didn't matter cause nothing really stood out to tell you what city you were in except for the Little Wee Boy on the corner of one of the streets around the The Grand Place.


At 11:23 AM , Anonymous the letter b said...

at least the choccy's made up for the trip :) shame about the deleted pictures though!

At 11:36 AM , Blogger Poosh said...

What were you expecting? Superheroes and their respective villians jumping from building to buidling throwing energy balls at eachother?

At 1:17 PM , Blogger "Alice" said...

Yes, well b, maybe that means we'll have to go back someday (when it's sunny) just to get some piccys.

Yes, poosh, that would have made it a bit more exciting. Hmm, instead we got stoopid people walking around with their umbrellas poking us in the face when it wasn't even raining. Heh.

At 5:36 PM , Blogger Fred said...

The Missus went to Brussels when we lived in London. She went on a shopping trip and left with one suitcase. She came home with three.

She had a heckuva good time.

At 6:38 PM , Blogger "Alice" said...

Well, yeah. Going shopping in any city would be considered a good time.

At 9:46 PM , Blogger Molicious said...

I'm jealous. I've never left the states. Mostly because of fear of flying and lack of funds. Maybe one day...

At 5:14 AM , Blogger MonicaR said...

Me either Wife. Lack of funds would be MY problem. I'll fly anywhere - and if I don't think about the fact that I am in an aluminum tube, many miles up in the air and zooming along at a great speed - then I am fine.

I would love to see the world though.

I liked the report of your trip, Alicenot. I had no idea that the statue was that small. How fun to ride the subway without paying!

At 11:44 PM , Blogger Alison said...

you can ride the buses in london without paying too ;) Alex did that to our wedding photos when we were on our honeymoon in Brazil. We had to clear some space to take some more and when trying to save them on a disk on the hotel pc he accidentally deleted them! Fortunately enough people took some photos but sadly our ones are lost forever never to be repeated. :( Digital cameras eh?


At 11:52 PM , Blogger Alison said...

I love reading about peopls travel experiences. Its odd because Alex (who is from Brazil) has only ever lived in London outside his home country. Recently though for work he has had to travel. Milan, Rome, Brussels, Budapest. And his reactions to each are just lovely to see. Milan (loved it. Cathedral AMAZING). Rome (knocked out. nice to see his reactions to the Forum). Brussels (great beer, food good). Budapest a place ive never been - really loved it, beautiful place. i got a present - a BAG from Milan so dead chuffed all round.

Its just so nice to see reactions from people when they travel. I hope we get to go to Budapest together. Cheap airfare.

At 8:49 AM , Blogger "Alice" said...

Yeah, I'd like to go to Prague and Budapest with Krip someday.


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