Belgium

DSC_0851An Art Nouveau mash of modern architecture with French and Flemish history, Brussels is the capital of Belgium and an international city with great beer, food, and art.

DSC_0724The Grand Place or Grote Markt is one of the largest and most picturesque downtown centers in Europe.

DSC_0713The Brussel’s Town Hall is  a detailed gothic building dating back to the middle ages.

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The landscape of Brussels is an interesting mash between modern, contemporary, and Art Nouveau architecture.

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Belgium also has a vibrant restaurant scene consisting of  French brasseries, Flemish bistros, and really anything from Turkish to Asian.  Every meal I had was incredible and Belgians are proud of their nationally known cuisine.

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When in Brussels, must have mussels.

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Besides the great food, every dish can be accompanied by an equally amazing Belgian beer.

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and Belgium has a lot of beers to choose from. Some the of best being the full flavored Trappist beer, originally brewed by monks.

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I found my new favorite beer: Chimay Blue which I later found out was 9% alcohol…a little late after the fact…and after a few more.

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Nothing goes better with drunchies quite like French fries Belgian frites, eaten typically with mayo.

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One of the greatest museums I was able to check out was the René Magritte Museum.

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It was fascinating learning about an incredibly unique Belgian surrealist painter and his life through out the 20th century.

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The other museum I visited was the Belgian Comic Strip Center.

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Although I couldn’t read the French or Dutch subtitles, it was interesting learning about the important mark comics impressed upon the city and its people.

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One tourist attraction located near the Antomium is a collection of miniaturized replicas of famous European monuments called Mini Europe.

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Although it was a little cheesy, it was funny seeing some of the monuments i’ve seen over the past year in miniature form.

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The Atomium is the iconic building of Brussels.

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With an interesting interior, the Atomium tells the story of Brussel’s many famous architects and its architectural history.

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The other iconic monument of Brussels being a peeing fountain: the Manneken Pis (Peeing little man).

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Brussels also has more residential areas supplying the neighborhoods with plenty of open air markets lined with antiques.

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Day or night, Brussels is a beautiful city with a great mix of different beer, languages, cuisine, and architecture.

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