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La Grand-Place: who knew a polygon could be so beautiful?

If you only had time to see one attraction in Brussels, go to La Grand-Place. This city square puts all other squares to shame. It’s a little overwhelming looking at it all, but a good overwhelming. It’s a type of overwhelming that happens too infrequently in life. So, when you’re there staring at the spires and buttresses, savor it, because as far as polygons go, it’s going to be hard to find a square as majestic in its architecture again.

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Sep 2010
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Manneken Pis

Considered the mascot of Brussels, this little statue is much smaller than some picture postcards would make it seem. Despite its reduced stature, you kind of still have to see it. It’s up there with La Grand-Place as on of the the top things to do in Brussels. And treat yourself to some chocolate at one of the many neighboring chocolatiers while you’re there. Unlike certain Belgian statues, Belgian chocolates are never disappointing.

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Sep 2010
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Brussels Food

Like any large metropolitan city, Brussels offers a variety of cuisines. It’s possible to get an affordable, traditionally Brussels meal at Tavern de Skieven Architek. The cheapest, fastest meal in Brussels is going to be found in Pita Alley, near La Grand Place (guess what kind of food is served there). And a trip to Brussels wouldn’t be complete without a Belgian waffle. So much sugar, and so much deliciousness.

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Aug 2010
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Brussels, Belgium

This European city is the unofficial capital of the European Union. That being said, it has a similar feel to Washington D.C., only if D.C. were filtered through European sensibilities. Since Brussels is only EU’s unofficial capital, it lacks the sweeping memorials like D.C. It does, however, have decent public transportation and some fine examples of Art Nouveau architecture from the turn of the 20th Century. You just need to keep your eyes open. The gorgeous buildings are sometimes stuck between stuffy office buildings.

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Aug 2010
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Bruges Half Moon Brewery: so THIS is how they make beer

The Half Man brewery has a wonderful tour, which is spoken in English, French, and Dutch–one of the benefits to visiting a multilingual country. It probably doesn’t hurt this is a top tourist destination for the international traveler, either. The tour covers how beer is made, as well as the history of the brewery and Bruges’ history with beer. Like, apparently in the middle ages, a peasant’s meal was a glass of beer because it was cheaper than bread. Those must have been some fun afternoons in the fields. And just wait until you get to the end of the tour. You’re going to flip out.

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Aug 2010
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