Atomiom & Mini Europe
Trip Start May 26, 2008
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As it was my last day in Belgium, I decided to leave Brussels & whatever it does have to offer for another time & head straight for the metro that would take me north of the city to check out the Atomium. I had read about the atomium from guidebooks & Uncle Davros write ups & decided in my flu like state that it could be a nice relaxing day.
The giant atom was built for the Internation Exhibition of Belgium in 1958. It's 224.6ft high & each sphere is 59ft in diameter. The elevator inside takes you to the top sphere at 16.4ft/sec, reaching the top in 23seconds. You can really feel that this things goes up fast! It costs you 9euro to enter & you can explore around 4 or 5 of the speres via stairs & escalators & then the elevator is the only way to the top. Basically it is a completely useless thing but it is a really cool giant sculpture.
Just next door is a place called Mini Europe. It is a scale model of most of the European cities. The detail in these things was impressive & great way of making me remember I haven't seen anywhere near enough of Europe....yet!
When I got back into Brussels I made a few essential purchases; racklette cheese - check, praline chocolates - check, cherry beer - check. And then it was time to take me & my cold back to London.