Quick Trip to Belgium, Brussels

Belgium, a country in Western Europe, known for medieval towns and Renaissance architecture. The country has distinctive regions including Dutch speaking Flanders to the north, French speaking Wallonia to the south and a German speaking community to the east. The bilingual capital, Brussels, has ornate guildhalls at Grand-Place and elegant art-nouveau buildings.

Lets start to explore Brussels. From Amsterdam to Brussels by coach is  3 hours. To all backpackers and Stoked commuters full details of coach fares timings and schedule you may check here – Eurolines.

3.JPGLets start to get lost (Maglakad para tipid)

2.JPGAlways Stoked in Exploring

Brussels is Belgium’s capital and home of the European Union headquarters. Let me show you The Grand-Place square at the heart of the city, int has shops and cafes inside ornate 17th-century guildhouses, and the intricate Gothic Hotel de Ville (town hall) with a distinctive bell tower. The 19th century Maison du Roi houses the Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles city history museum, including costumes for the city’s famed Manneken Pis statue.

Manneken.Pis.original.7192.jpgManneken Pis (is a landmark small bronze sculpture in Brussels, depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain’s basin. It was designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy and put in place in 1618 or 1619) The statue is dressed in costume several times each week, according to a published schedule which is posted on the railings around the fountain. His wardrobe consists of several hundred different costumes, many of which may be viewed in a permanent exhibition inside the City Museum, located in the Grand Place, immediately opposite the Town Hall. 

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bruxelles-grande-place6.jpgGrand Place (Huge city square completely encircled by elegant historic buildings dating back to the 14th century)

IMG_8435.JPGThe Museum of the City of Brussels (Kings House) is a museum on the Grand Place. It is dedicated to the history and folklore of the town of Brussels, its development from its beginnings to today, which it presents through paintings, sculptures, tapistries, engravings, photos and models, including a notable scale representation of the town during the Middle Ages.

1.JPGThe Town Hall is a Gothic building from the Middle Ages. It is located on the famous Grand Place in Brussels.

img_8443The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula is a Roman Catholic church in Brussels, Belgium.

bxl_eglise_notre-dame_du_sablonimg_8365Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon Church is a Catholic church from the 15th century located in the Sablon district in the historic centre of Brussels, which was patronized by the nobility and wealthy citizens of Brussels

The Atomium is a little way out of the centre, to all Stoked commuters and travelers you can take Train to line 6 Bockstael subway (from Bruxelles-Nord to Bockstael departs every 30 minutes for €5 (270 pesos) and from Bockstael subway to Heysel is €3 (160 pesos) approx 2 stops and arrived to Heysel in 4mins, and 7 minutes walk to Atomium)

4The Atomium Designed by the engineer Andre Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak, it stands 102 m tall. But this alien spaceship in the northern suburbs of Brussels is not just a pretty sight. The Atomium was built to be the main pavilion and icon of the World Fair of Brussels in 1958, the world’s first expo after the Second World War.

5There is also some lovely parkland adjacent to The Atomium, where you can have lunch or just chill out.

img_8432img_8434Brussels is the capital of Art Nouveau and magnificent structures throughout the capital city are recognized as “world heritage” by UNESCO.

And the most awaited part here is the Belgium waffles with a cost of  €5 (270 pesos). Tikman ang waffles nila kasi sabi masarap daw.

tumblr_m0bk5xdpky1qbou0yo1_1280Belgian waffles are a variety of waffle with a lighter butter, larger squares, and deeper pockets.

14591665_10208834394910659_4666537545268256345_nStoked surfer & ninja eating waffles, geared up with old DSLR and Hero4 with Ethnotek Bag as my daypack. Masarap yong waffle pero wala pa din tatalo sa kanin. hehehe 🙂

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Expenses:

  • Expat Explore Quote: €110 (5788 pesos) for Belgium, Brussels 
  • Food: €10 (530 pesos) – snack and lunch (Breakfast by expat explore)
  • Transportation: Coach from Amsterdam to Belgium provided by expat exploreFor budget commuters you can check the route & price here -> Eurolines
To be continued…. on my way to France.

 

 

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