Our First Day in Brussels

Nov 23, 2008

We made it to Brussels this morning, somewhat rested after our red-eye (except for Kyle since he decided it would be a good idea to stay up all night watching movies).

We took the metro (a favorite activity of mine!) to our hotel and after getting off the metro, we stood around with our maps and tried to figure out which direction our hotel was in.  We debated which way was the best way to start walking, and even thought about going into the hotel right in front of us to ask for directions.  After several minutes of this, Josh finally looked up and bothered to read the sign for this hotel right in front of us.  And yes, you guessed it!  It was the hotel we were looking for!

Once we put our luggage in the room and freshened up a bit, we were ready to explore Brussels! 
wandering the streets

We first headed toward the main square, in search of delicious waffles and the statue of the peeing boy.

take your waffles elsewhere!
Apparently waffles are a bit of a nuisance in Brussels :)

sponge bob square waffle?

yum!

waffles!
One Belgian treasure found, one to go!

The Grand Place was pretty, but not as grand as the pictures show.  It seems much smaller in real life.  It looked like they were just setting up for Christmas in the square.  A huge tree was set up in the center of the square, but no decorations were on it yet.  Kyle spotted the beer museum there, and convinced us to join him on the 3 minute beer tour.  The upside was the beer we got to drink at the end.

at the beer museum

Next we continued through the square to find Manneken Pis.  Again, he was smaller than we expected, and I found it weird that people travel from all over to take their picture with the peeing boy.  But, like the obidient tourist I am, I jumped right in on the strange fun!

manneken pis

It was finally time for the Belgian Comic Strip Center!
kyle looking in the cartoon mirror

We sure did have a smurfy good time there :)

an original smurf comic strip

We were pretty hungry after learning all about the history of the smurfs as well as other less internationally known Belgian comics. So we went to the Horta Cafe in the museum. Kyle was disappointed in his incorrect order of fried goat cheese salad, but he survived.

After dinner we treked through the snow back to the hotel.

kyle hates snow

By 6pm the guys were already in bed for the night. I fell asleep not too long after, but Tweeny stayed up later than all of us to read her teenage vampire book :)

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