Brussels- Belgium (Temperature -3 Degrees

Trip Start Dec 26, 2008
Trip End Dec 29, 2008

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

In the afternoon we take off to Brussels- the temperature has just dropped it's -2 degrees, we will soon lose all feeling in our fingers and toes. A much bigger town- city than Brugge with its own subway and trams- well know for its eurostar (fast train) from London for the Christmas  markets- and they are big markets that are scattered everywhere throughout the main city. We are cold and looking for a place to eat and de-frost when we come across the most spectactular show. In their main square is a magnificent building-'Grand Platz' . The square is filled the lights that move and change colour along with a Christmas tree- but on the upper balcony of the Grand Platz there is an opera show of drum beaters, dancers, and singers- what a gem we have found and we all push ourselves and last out 45mins before we all can't seem to move our bodies- Frozen solid, off to a restaurant to get feeling back into our limbs. Relax with a wine in the hotel lobby before sleeping in a very warm bed.
We venture off to see a statue called 'Manakin Pis', a very small statue of a little naked boy urinating. I could tell you the boring version of the real reason why the statue was erected, or I can tell you this one, which tells of a wealthy merchant who, during a visit to Brussels with his family, had his beloved young son go missing. The merchant hastily started searching with others all corners of the city, until one member of the search party found the boy happily urinating in a small garden. The merchant, as a gift of gratitude to the locals who helped out during the search, had the fountain built. There have been over 100 outfits made for this little boy that he wears through out the year.
On our way out of Brussels we past the Belgium royal family palace and an interesting structure called 'Atomium'. designed like an atom where you can enter into a shopping centre and games centre- will be back to explore this again....
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