lørdag, oktober 22, 2005
Weekend in Europe, Part 2: Brussels
The weekend after Paris, I was in Brussels. A short weekend this time - I arrived on Saturday morning, and left Sunday late afternoon. My purpose was primarily to spend time with a friend who was in the middle of an interpreting traineeship at the European Parliament, but of course we also saw the sights, ate some chocolate (most of which was far too sweet for my taste, sad to say), went out for a wonderful meal, and generally had a good time.
Brussels is in no way as big as Paris, or as exciting, but it's a cute town. My camera was almost out of battery (I couldn't find the charger after my Parisian adventure), so I took a total of only 7 pictures. Here are a select few of them. Two (I'll leave it to you all to decide which two) are of the Grand Place, which is the main square, as well as one of the main tourist magnets. The details on all of the buildings in the square is fantastic. The gentleman in the foreground of the lower of these two pictures, wearing the black coat and facing away from us, is the friend I was visiting. He's just passed the exams needed to be an official EU interpreter, and is thus extremely happy. He also reads this blog, so let's now everybody say along with me, 'Congratulations, David!' O.K., he interprets into French from, among other languages, Danish, so now let's do it in Danish, 'Tillykke David!' Thank you for your heartfelt participation.
The other main tourist attraction is, of course, Manneken Pis. Before I came to Europe, I had no idea that the symbol of Brussels was a statue of a little boy peeing. Now, I know, and can offer photographic proof. It was especially nice to see a major European 'landmark' that was so much littler than the Little Mermaid. The best part was the chocolate shop window overlooking the statue, with its chocolate Mannekin Pis. Please note that the chocolate boy and the statue boy are exactly the same size, and are positioned almost next to each other.
Hmmm...now, I'm off to plan another weekend in Europe, so that there can be a part 3!