Eurostar Brussels Breaks
Overview – Brussels in our minds and according to what we have read is a home of comic book, one can only finds it as a dynamic world which is full of creativity and everlasting youth. Brussels is the capital of Belgium and of the great European Union. In Brussels you will find a mixture of artistic taste mixed with architectural gems and great monuments to pleasure our eyes.
When to Go – Well there is really no bad time to visit this beautiful place but as October is near so there are some great events you can watch out for like: Fighting the Box Exhibition, Intersection.Belgian Designs – Exhibition, Grease musical comedy which is a must do thing to attaend, then there is a upcoming Bussels Marathon, then for football lovers there is qualification match for Euro cup 2010 between Belgium and Austria, then there is Morocco Exhibition, as far as the festivals is concerned this October you will find Skoda Jazz Festival, then last but not the least again for football lovers Brussels FC takes on KV Turnhount this season. In between you must do a Tour of the Museum of Fine-Arts which was established in 1922 and is very close to the locals, they also hold a Bozar which is very close to their hearts. Bozar is a cultural establishment in Belgium.
What should be your First Stop – First of all begin your journey to this beautiful and artistic city with a walk and talk around the Grand Place. Grand Place is a monument which is certainly in the list of UNESCO. Get your mouth dried with some Moules-frites and wash it down with some Belgian Beer.
Places to Visit – In Brussels you will find many museums and exhibitions which are of great importance to the artistic culture buried in the grounds of this city, but Royal Museums of Arts and History and Palais de Beaux Arts – Bazor which is located at the Mont des Arts is worth watching. For music lovers no matter its classical or pop you can always visit Museum of Musical Instruments – MIM. For the lovers of artistic creativity Royal Museums of Ancient and Modern Art which has a long history showing how the ancient artistic creativity is turned into modern art. As far as the Must see places are concerned then we would suggest some must see events like Biennale d Art Nouveau you can find its date on Brussels calendar.
In May a festival of rocking and electro concerts held within the streets of Brussels, so you better keep your dancing shoes with you when you travel to such a place. In Brussels there are many things which a family tour can offer. First of all stop yourself at the Tintin Shop which is the famous Belgium Comic Book Centre, here you’ll learn and see about the great heroes of the Belgium and there works. You could also stop at Brasserie Hotel for some time. Browse the Galeries Royals Saint – Hubert and buy yourself some Belgium chocolate to refresh. Last but not the least do take a visit to the Atromium which was designed in 1958 by Waterkeyn it is a 100 meter tall iron crystal atom, it has a record number of visitors till this date which is more than 42 Billion and increasing day by day. This year after 50 years they are holding a permanent exhibition which will go round the year in which you will find past videos and pictures of this great model.
Attractions at Brussels – There are many attractions in the Brussels to shock you beyond your imaginations like Architecture Museum, Auto world of Brussels, Belgium Centre for Comic Strip Art, BELvue Museum, Brussels Park, Egmont Park, Fashion un reve Brussels, Fine Arts Palace, Grand Place and Horta Museum. Now let’s talk about on some of these.
Brussels Park – Joachim Zinner set the foundation for this classical styled park in 1775. It is surrounded by the King’s Palace, the Royal Palace and la rue Royale, which makes it more complementary for its beauty. The pathway is full of statues of saints which go up to the hill. At the entrance of the park you will find a jet splash of water which is really refreshing.
Maison de la Bande Dessinee – This house of cartoons is established near Grand Place and is a museum which is only and only dedicated to comic books. It was inaugurated in 2006, comic books are the main export of this country and a reason for its economical growth. In this Museum you will find master pieces of Will, Sirius, Paape, Franquin and their loving characters and cartoons. Here you are allowed to read comics as much as you want, and for the little ones this museum has a separate section which is surrounded by huge world of bubbles.
Notre-Dama du Sablon Church – Some call it as a wonder some call it as a home for miracle statues. It is a highly refined Gothic Architecture of its nature. It was prepared in 15th Century but it was renovated again in the 19th Century and it still remains in its shape till then.
Bars and Clubs – Gently decorated and new renovated style Cafe de Bruxelles is one of the many hip meeting spots for the locals. Walls have hanging pictures of old Belgium Royal families. On Friday nights DJ spins the cafe on his Stereo System and does a live concert so you can expect a lot of gathering on this day. Short wine list and a large list of Belgium Beers are the main highlights of its menu. It has a variety of Flemish Dishes to offer you. Cafe Belga has a very uncommon and unique style of steamships, with leather boots and old tables, you will find a pop or Jazz-rock at almost every evening. On the menu you will find Greek pasta with peppers and a selection of your toasts and swiss breads, Chicken Parmentier and Mozzarella Penne, which can be helped later on by numerous Belgium beers.