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Travel Blogs from Brussels
... 300 plus year old buildings. It takes you back in time and reminds you again just how young our country is. As we were walking a table opened up at one of the restaurants lining the square. We quickly grabbed the table and ordred a sample of beer and some food. This was probably one the best seats in all of Brussels, sitting with the Grand Palace right there. After our meal, we walked around a little more, tried some chocolate, and headed back for the night.
... Crusader army of Count of Flanders Baldwin IX in 1204, during the Fourth Crusade. Baldwin IX probably sent the Holy Blood, looted from the Byzantines, to Bruges shortly thereafter. The manner in which the rock-crystal vial is cut also suggests an origin in Constantinople.2) St. Salvator's Cathedral - traces back to the 9th century, main parts of the church were build in the 14th ...
... brocolini-like) and eel. Naturally the local brews were quite nice
(except for the red one, which we later found out was a Cherry Beer).
spent a couple of days wandering the streets of central Brussels, riding the
buses and a day trip to Ghent & Bruges.
These two cities are a real step back in time. Both missed the worst of the bombing and
destruction of the wars, so the buildings go back over 1000 years to the
Crusades in ...
... the usual stuff, but also lots of shops selling Belgian chocolate (at prices significantly cheaper than Katoomba). Apparently the local beer is very good, so after exploring as much as we wanted we went to a cafe and had a local beer, followed by Belgian waffles with ice cream and warm chocolate sauce. Then we went and watched the beautiful swans and the ducks on the canal - very pretty and idyllic.
We then continued ...
... neat as well.
Jordan: My favourite thing was messing with the guys trying to sell stuff on the street, and Vimy Ridge was really cool.
Bailey: The best part was trying to buy one of the guys that were selling stuff on the street's shoe. It was quite funny.
Cole: The best part of France was going to the Louvre and almost buying a barterer's shoe for 1 Euro. (He was going to cave, I know it!)
Kole: Vimy ...