Good morning Brussels! Took a leisurely shower, shampooed, lathered up, a dab of perfume here & there. Smelling sooo good & ready to face the world.
Ngek, hindi pala! Aboard the bus – neck to neck, face to face, butt to butt. Lahat ng amoy dumikit na sa akin. Ngayon halo-halong amoy na ako ng bagong gising, spices, asim, putok atbp. Pwede na akong pang-sinampalukan! ;))
Nabale-wala ang early morning shower ko hehe! Yan ang napapala ng nagtitipid at ayaw mag-uber, hmp! @_@
And with this the misadventures of team GOppets continue. Belgium edition.
The rain seems to follow us wherever we go. Kaya frite stop muna while waiting for mr. Sun to shine. Brrrr, hong ginoooooow!! Summer pa itong lagay na ito ha?
The umbrellas I brought all the way from Manila are long gone, sira na kababaliktad sa London. These are new from M&S, we’ll see how well they fare! :P
When in Belgium, frites, beer, waffles, mussles, and belgian chocolates, wheeeee! And our day starts with these in mind. #goals isa-isahin yan in the 2.5 days that we’re here.
Bangers & frites yahoo! <3
Brussels is famous for its beer and chocolate. Sample non-commercial beers with an ascending alcohol percentage (up to 11%), and premium chocolates reaching 80% darkness. Also visit authentic local restaurants & sample Brussels’ most common dishes: mussels and frites, beef stew and waterloo, and waffle served with delicious cream, caramel and strawberries.
CHOCOLATE. So many to choose from, too little sugar allowance allowed hehe. Tried the Pierre Marcolini haute chocolate. Born in 1964 in Charleroi, Belgium, Pierre Marcolini was deeply inspired by his family and his Italian origins. By the age of 14, he knew he wanted to be a chocolatier. His upbringing gave him a tremendous hunger for learning, along with the desire to fight to make his grandest dreams come true. In 1983, on finishing his studies, he became a pastry chef and worked alongside many of the top professionals in Belgium.
I have to admit though, that little red heart got to me, lol!
BEER. At the end of 2011. there were around 1150 original Belgium beers (and a hundred labeled beers), brewed and launched by 146 breweries and 44 beer companies.
Sige try lang ng try habang nasa Belgium. Paguwi, bawal na uli! :P
WAFFLES. In North America, Belgian waffles are a variety of waffles with a lighter batter, larger squares, and deeper pockets than ordinary American waffles. Belgian waffles were originally leavened with yeast, but baking powder is now often used.
At 3.50 euro a pop, not bad. The waffle is thick & tasty with plenty of whipped cream & yummy toppings. Another one please? Yung wala along kahati! :P
In Belgium itself, there are several kinds of waffle, including the Brussels waffle and the Liège waffle, none of them called “Belgian”. In North America, they are often eaten as a breakfast food; toppings vary from whipped cream, confectioners sugar, soft fruit, and chocolate spread, to syrup and butter or margarine. They may also be served with vanilla ice cream and fresh fruit (such as strawberries) as a dessert.
Omnomnom, takaw my beautiful girl. :P
Gusgusing mga bata! ;))
SOUVENIR. And another Hard Rock Cafe shirt for my Kap, Belgium edition.
After trying the food & drinks, it was time to walk it off & see some tourist sights..
Manneken Pis meaning “Little man Pee” in Dutch) is a landmark small bronze sculpture (61 cm) in Brussels depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain’s basin. It was designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the Elder and put in place in 1618 or 1619.
The famous statue is located 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.
There are several legends behind this statue, but the most famous is the one about Duke Godfrey III of Leuven. In 1142, the troops of this two-year-old lord were battling against the troops of the Berthouts, the lords of Grimbergen, in Ransbeke (now Neder-Over-Heembeek). The troops put the infant lord in a basket and hung the basket in a tree to encourage them. From there, the boy urinated on the troops of the Berthouts, who eventually lost the battle.
Walang magawa itong boyfriend ko. Pati si Mannequin Pis pinaglaruan, hay! @_@
La Grand-Place, Brussels
The Grand Place is the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by guildhalls, the city’s Town Hall, and the Breadhouse. The square is the most important tourist destination and most memorable landmark in Brussels.
Grand Place Brussels.. it’s so pretty! Thank you mr. Sun & mr. Rain for cooperating with the GOppets. <3
Saw this guy loitering around. He was nice enough to allow us to have a picture taken with his suit of amor, lol. Anyone care for some pee-N!$? May matching blow-up doll pa!
Jardin Mont des Arts
The Mont des Arts offers one of Brussels’ finest views. From the elevated vantage point, the famous tower of the Brussels Town Hall in the Grand Place is clearly visible. On a sunny day, the Koekelberg Basilica and even the Atomium can be seen.
Sala sa init, sala sa lamig. One minute the sun is glaring ever so brightly, the next biglang bubuhos ng malakas na ulan. Flaky at its best.
But how can a sight like this dampen one’s spirit? Beautiful scenery.
Ayan, pang-teleserye diba. :P
Spotted: A wedding taking place. Makisabit mana sa photo-op hehe.
I know I keep saying it, but I’m just so so happy we got to experience europe together as a family. This is really one for the books. <3
Kap: Sweetheart hintayin natin, gumagalaw yata yang mga istatwa. Me: Ano naman akala mo nasa labas ka ngC.O.D.? Hindi gumagalaw yan! :P
Mini-Europe is a miniature park located in Bruparck at the foot of the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium. Mini-Europe has reproductions of monuments in the European Union on show, at a scale of 1:25. Roughly 80 cities and 350 buildings are represented. Mini-Europe receives 350,000 visitors per year and has a turnover of 4 million Euros.
Our entrance fee for Mini-Europe with Atomium: 20 euros each or roughly 1.2k php/person. CLICK HERE for ticket prices & bundled packages.
The park contains live action models such as trains, mills, an erupting Mount Vesuvius, and cable cars. A guide gives the details on all the monuments. At the end of the visit, the “Spirit of Europe” exhibition gives an interactive overview of the European Union in the form of multimedia games. The park is built on an area of 24,000 m². The initial investment was of €10 million in 1989, on its inauguration by Prince Philip of Belgium.
The monuments were chosen for the quality of their architecture or their European symbolism. Most of the monuments were made using moulds. The final copy used to be cast from epoxy resin, but now polyester is used. Three of the monuments were made out of stone (e.g. the tower of Pisa, in marble). A computer-assisted milling procedure was used for two of the models.
After painting the monument was installed on site, together with decorations and lighting. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela required more than 24,000 hours of work.
Many of the monuments were financed by European countries or regions. The Brussels Grand-Place model cost €350,000 to make.
Kakengkoyan, doing what he does best. @_@
The Atomium is a building in Brussels originally constructed for Expo 58, the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak, it stands 102 m (335 ft) tall. Its nine 18 m (59 ft) diameter stainless steel clad spheres are connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. The name is a combination of atom and aluminium. It is a museum.
Tubes of 3 m (9.8 ft) diameter connect the spheres along the 12 edges of the cube and all eight vertices to the centre. They enclose stairs, escalators and a lift (in the central, vertical tube) to allow access to the five habitable spheres which contain exhibit halls and other public spaces. The top sphere includes a restaurant which has a panoramic view of Brussels. CNN named it Europe’s most bizarre building.
If you have time to spare, do go up the Atomium, plenty of things to see & learn.
Took home food since we had a big, spacious apartment & we wanted to enjoy it as much as we could.. plus we were all dead tired, or 3 of us anyway. ;)
I’ve had enough fill of trains for a lifetime. Balik kotse na ako sa Maynila! Ayoko na ng public transpoooooo!
There’s a good pizza & stir-fry place near our apartment, which is where we’ve been taking out food for the past days. Swakto sa budget ni Kap na 500 pesos/meal/person. ;)
Beside it, a sunbathing place outside a pub. Warm sunshine is so rare that people try to enjoy it as much as they can.
Alam nyo na, syempre kailangan sumubok din sya! ;)) Nakiki-feeling local wahaha.
So far this one in Brussels is the roomiest apartment. The best too. Again, great job, Ate! :-*
Kap & Ate were still raring to walk around so after a short nap, they left at 11pm to see Brussels at night. The day is long so they have to wait quite a bit for the sun to set. Wala silang mga kapaguran, kami humihilik na!
Power nap for Kap, tulog na talaga for me. Up & showered when they left then conked out in the bedroom. Anong vitamin kaya ang nilalaklak nitong dalawa?
Brussels at night. Pass na ako sa pagod at antok. Ok na ako sa peechure! ;))
Ginutom si Kap, one for the road.. Belgian waffles yum! <3
Hindi kinaya ng salonpas ang mga sakit ng katawan ko. What I would give for a full massage right now waaaa. Bukas ulit!