My Travel Diaries : The Grand Place in Brussels

My Travel Diaries : The Grand Place in Brussels

After Amsterdam I made my way to Brussels. I knew I wanted to try their chocolate, waffles, and beer, but hadn’t done too much research on where I wanted to actually go and see while in Brussels. When I got there, I kept reading about The Grand Place, so I decided that’s what I wanted to do. Instead of just walking straight there I decided I would take a walk and see where I ended up. It had snowed the night that I got in, so the next morning when I was ready to leave the sidewalks were covered in ice and it was really hard to walk.

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My boots aren’t snow boots, and the bottom of them are completely flat so I was terrified that I would fall and hurt my knee even more (by the way, my knee is getting better and better!),which meant I was walking maybe 10 steps/minute in certain areas. Some of the areas were easy to walk because the sidewalk had a grip to them, but there was one area near Downtown that had really sleek, almost marble like floors, a lot of stairs, and no railings to hold on to. But I got through the small area after probably 45 minutes, and survived, so I continued my journey.

I ended up finding a waffle restaurant so I decided I needed to eat waffles while in Belgium and went in. Oh my gosh, it was so good; I had a waffle with bananas, whipped cream, and chocolate. After my waffles, I just kept walking to find a street with cute little shops. A lot of them were chocolate shops, so I just walked through to find some gifts for people back home. It was really overwhelming with so many chocolate shops to choose from that I just aimlessly walked in and out of each one without really buying anything.

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Then at one point I just turned a corner into a little alleyway, and on the other side I saw a gorgeous building with beautiful gold accents, and designs that were really intricate. I I said to myself that must be The Grand Place, and started taking pictures; I then got closer and was in the actual square when my jaw literally dropped. Like I said I hadn’t done too much research, and I didn’t really even know what The Grand Place was. It turns out it’s a square with these buildings all around that are absolutely stunning. I honestly just stood there taking it all in, and wondering how on earth something could be so pretty.

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I took a lot of pictures and then went on a hunt to find Mannekin Pis, which is a statue of a little boy peeing. He is really cute, and something that everyone who visits Brussels should go see. After Mannekin Pis, I headed back to Dam Square, and then do some actual chocolate shopping!

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