Brussels: A Small City, with Big Mussels!!!

Trip Start Jun 16, 2008
Trip End Sep 04, 2008

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Brussels is a relatively small city compared to most in Europe and it’s the capital of the European Union. You would think that would make them a little wheelchair aware. Not so really!! This was a hard city for us to get around. But we trudged on because Brussels has something that nobody else has. In fact it’s a very special person who has become Internationally famous. He has more outfits than Elton John actually. He might be a little more like George Michael really. He’s Manneken Pis!!! Yes, the little peeing boy!! This little water feature attracts millions of people every year. I can’t back that statement up with any fact, but there was a mob scene to watch this little fountain relieve himself. Countries all over the world send him little outfits of their native dress, but when we saw him, he was sans clothing. Now one would think this magnificent attraction would be towering over the city right? Lots of security guards surrounding the fountain? He must be colossal right?!! If it weren’t for the crazy sea of people, we would have walked right by him. He stands about 2 feet tall and looms over what amounts to a bird bath. I gotta hand it to ya Brussels. You’ve taken something completely uninteresting and unimportant and turned it into a mega-attraction that brings in millions of dollars a year. The tourists eat it up faster than a Belgian waffle!! Tourists find themselves buying T-shirts, wall hangings and even little Manneken Pis water features for their backyard at home which you can hook up to a hose. Now that’s classy!! You’ll be home 5 minutes after your trip to Brussels saying “why the heck did I buy this thing?” Im sure the neighbors will love it and appreciate its cultural significance. Legend has it, a long time ago, the city of Brussels caught fire. The Pompiers tried long and hard to put out the fire, to no avail. In the end it was a little boy who put the blaze out with his single stream of pee…. Okay Brussels, seriously, you got me and I spent like 50 bucks on Manneken Pis crap!!!

Moving on now, Brussels is also known for other things like Brussels Lace, which is about as boring as other laces. White, delicate and something your grandma had on the back of her couch. You know she did!! There are little shops everywhere that claim to have the finest Brussels lace. I think they should take it to the streets and see who’s left standing afterwards. Now a lace-off I would pay to see!

All this talk about water fountains and lace is great and all, but lets get to the meat and potatoes portion of the blog! Being that I am a worldly expert on fine chocolate, I can atest with no equivocation that Belgian chocolate is the finest of them all. Rich, dark and not a hint of boastfulness. This chocolate speaks for itself. We visited several fine chocolate makers here in Brussels. It’s not about who makes the best chocolate. It’s about letting me try them all and making the decision! So, try them all we did and after careful consideration, I have chosen to withhold my answer until I can try them all one more time just to be sure.
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jiska76 on

This is an automatically generated comment: it is to remind you to take it easy and relax! ;-))))

rachandshan on

Thank you! Thank you! Oh wise Jiska. What would we do without you?!?! I needed you with us in Luxembourg when we couldn't find a toilet in the whole city!! From now on i will heed your words of wisdom!! Thank you my friend!

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