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Travel Blogs from Brussels
... Géry built a chapel here on the Senne (Zenne) river (which is now covered by the city) about the year 695. Since then the town has continued to grow and flourish. Brussels of course is the capital of Belgium and of the EU so it is a mixture of wonderful ancient architecture mixed in with many modern buildings (many of them pretty tacky and ugly in my opinion). There is really too much to see in one afternoon but we are going to try and see the highlights.
First stop is ...
... its more like a covered street - started in 1847 and immaculately kept. Throng of people there - we stopped by at the highly recommended MoKafe which is inside there. We also visited the centrally located Cathedral of St.Michael - a very historic building in the city centre - the King and Queen of Belgium got married here. We then walked in the rain to the Palace of Justice. Grand building overlooking the town and from there - we ...
Ukraine has not yet died, nor her glory, nor her freedom,
Upon us, fellow Ukrainians, fate shall smile once more.
Our enemies will vanish like dew in the sun,
And we too shall rule, brothers, in a free land of our own.
Souls and bodies we'll lay down, all for our freedom,
And we'll show that we, brothers, are of the Cossack nation!
We'll stand, brothers, in bloody battle, from the Syan to the Don,
We will not ...
... area, where a lot of the little bars and whatnot are. The main boulevard of Brussels gives way to winding cobbled streets, and it feels to me more like a district in artsy Paris than in the stodgy, everything-closes-at-8-pm Capital of Europe. I had booked this ticket without much to go on, but my God, I lucked out. The group was the Hot Club d’Europe, comprised of two Dutch guys and a Finn. I have never seen somebody strum a guitar so fast in my life ...
... relaxed for about 2 hours upstairs where you could smoke inside on the beanbags. Felt like heaven!!! After this, we walked over to the Celtica Irish Bar which had a club upstairs. This was packed out and doesnt give up until 7am! We had a fun night, even though we werent really in the mood and at one point left in true NZ fashion for a 1€ cheeseburger from McDonalds ;) FANTASTIC!! Oh, I ended up missing my bus for Germany.