Hotel Manos Stephanie
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- Minbar in room
- Continental Breakfast
- Smoking rooms available
- High-speed internet in room (free)
- Breakfast Available
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... circa 1700 after destruction by the French. The brewing guild was still housed there. We were told that beer had always been important in Belgium because their water had been contaminated but was safe to drink once brewed as beer.
I was surprised at how tiny Manneken Pis was, only 61 cm tall, and he was wearing a uniform - I would have preferred to see his beautiful bare bronze skin :). Brussels is the birthplace of Tintin ...
... over the world. Plus, some of them live in Nancy so we have more time to mix and mingle!
It was a 5 hour bus ride to Brussels, but that didn't bother me because I barely slept Friday night so it was a great time to catch up on sleep.
Our first stop was Brasserie Cantillon where we were given a tour of the brewery and how the fermentation and beer preparation process worked. Brasserie Cantillon is a unique, organic brewery that adds ...
... breweries and chocolatiers that exist in brick buildings and beautiful little hotels that line the canals. Buildings that look like gingerbread houses are everywhere! Bruges is quite possibly one of the most charming places we've seen and I think someday we will definitely need to make a return visit. In fact, Belgium is high on both our lists as a top place we've visited so far. With all the charm and amazing sights, how could it not be! ...
... that's because the "cereals" are dried over an oak fire instead of dried electrically. He then gave us an unflavored lambic, which was very sour. I kept trying to like it but didn't succeed very well. We also had crusty bread with a creamy cheese made with lambic.
I was able to FaceTime with John a little tonight, so that made me happy. He held Chloe up to the camera, but she looked really ticked off (not unusual).
Oh, and I found out at lunch ...
... between excited and petrified this morning but given I've spent the day watching reruns of Frasier and running errands for Dad, I'm pretty much shaking with impatience now.
I'll miss the craic with the lads here in Brussels and of course the family but sure ye'll hardly have noticed I'm gone before I'm back bothering ye again.