Saturday, July 16, 2011

One last look at Brussels

This is by far one of the friendliest cities I've ever visited and one I truly wish to revisit!  Brussels is a city of contrast...the giant atom in the background was built for the 1958 World's Fair.  Throughout our bike ride on Thursday, Titch would point out the different types of architecture throughout the city.

Before our 5:00 pm train back to Amsterdam, we took one last walk to the Grand Place and made our way to Chez Leon as it came highly recommended by Titch for a place to try the mussels...a must while in Brussels.

Of course we got a little side tracked in the Grand Place with the pretty flowers and all the people.  In most European towns, the town square (or squares depending on the town size) really are the gathering spot for folks and the Grand Place is no exception...locals and tourists can be found here. 

So the menu at Chez Leon was quite overwhelming with choices.  We finally decided on sharing the shrimp and cheese croquette, frites (can't have a meal in Belgium without them) and the mussels with garlic, butter, herbs and cheese.  A bit skeptical if the mussels in Brussels really were any different than mussels anywhere else, we were both pleasantly surprised to discover that the mussels in Brussels really are the best!  They were tender and less salty than most...and yes we could actually taste the mussels with all the fabulous toppings we had on them!!

On our bike tour, we passed the Manneken-Pis' dog the Kinneke-Pis so of course we had to make our way back over to him for a quick photo op!
Here are a few photos of our last look at Brussels...

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