Trip Start Sep 2008
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The Royal Galleries of Saint-Hubert is a shopping archade built in the mid-1800's.
OK, this is that famous statue of the little boy peeing. It's called Mannekin Pis and it's origins are somewhat hazy. It has been surrounded by legends, stolen several times, inspired many copies, decorated for holidays by the locals, and is sometimes hooked up to a keg of beer from which one can draw a pint.
The main market square, and most popular tourist destination, in Brussels is called the Grand Place. You've got to click on some of these photos to see them bigger - the detail on these buildings is amazing. On one side is the 15th Century gothic Town Hall...
...it faces the King's House.
Another side is lined with the Guild Houses. These were built in the 17th Century in the Italian Baroque style (after the originals were destroyed by French bombardment) to house the workers' guilds (bakers, boatmen, archers, haberdashers, ect.). Now they're all filled with tourist traps.
This is the historic hotel that we stayed in our last night in Brussels, upon our return from Bruges. It's called Hotel Metropole, the style is French Renaissance, and is the city's only surviving 19th Century hotel. And I mean everything is surviving, right down to the scary elevator you have to pull a gate across to close.