Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sight seeing 101

Pao had business to attend to on my 2nd day in Belgium so I was left to explore (or more accurately, get lost in) Brussels by myself. I could have taken the metro, but the stops that I passed were dodgy so I decided to just go where my feet and non-existent sense of direction would take me.

Times like these, I have devised a fail-proof method of seeing sights without having to read a map. The method is: Follow the tourists. Of course I had to bring out the map once in a while to see if I was, in fact, still in Brussels. But generally, all I had to do was follow the throng of people with cameras on their necks and sun visors on their heads.

Using this method, I got to see the Grand Place, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most beautiful squares in Europe (Thank you to the South Asian dad who took this photo) -




Mannekin Pis, which is well, a very small statue of a pissing boy around whom 40% of Brussels' tourism is built (Special thanks to the European woman who took this photo) -




The Royal Saint-Hubert Galleries - Europe's first shopping arcade -




The Cathedral of Saints Michel and Gudule which was really a chance discovery while I was looking for the Royal Palace or the home of the Belgian monarchy -




I stood in front of the palace for about 15 mins. hoping that I could ask a family or elderly couple to take my photo, as in the other tourist-y areas, but no one came. Isn't the Royal Palace popular? Hmmm.

On my way back to the hotel, I passed by Brussels Park or as us French-educated would call it, Parc de Bruxelles. Nakanaman.





I imagined Malik running around the expansive park while I sit on one of the benches, thinking about Matt Damon. Teehee. Manila should really have more parks. Hay.

These would be all for Belgium. Stand by for Amsterdam, which has become a favorite in this trip so far.




Goodnight. :)

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