Sunday, November 2, 2014

BELGIUM: SECOND DAY IN BRUSSELS


We spent our last day in Belgium visiting the places outside the city center of Brussels. We bought the metro card 24h (7€€) and we began with the Atomium, located near the metro (stop Heyzel). We arrived after a journey of 30min from Trône station. I had seen many pictures of it but I had no idea it was so large.

These are the places we visited in Brussels this day:

  • Atomium
  • Japanese Tower
  • Chinese Pavilion
  • Parc du Cinquantenaire
  • European Parliament
  • Leopold Park
  • Grand Place



Atomium in Brussels


Atomium in Brussels
Atomium in Brussels



After taking some pictures with the Atomium in the background, we entered the Laeken Park to visit the Chinese Pavilion and the Japanese Tower. We thought that they were not far away, but they actually were. After walking about 25 minutes we finally got close to these buildings.


Japanese Tower in Brussels



Japanese Tower in Brussels
Japanese Tower in Laeken Park in Brussels


Japanese Tower in Brussels
Another view of the Japanese Tower in Brussels



Chinese Pavilion



Chinese Pavilion in Brussels
The Chinese Pavilion is located beside the Japanese Tower in Brussels


Chinese Pavilion in Brussels
Detail of the Chinese Pavilion in Brussels



The place was solitary and I still doubt it was worth the time invested to see them, but at least they were beautiful. However that walk helped us to realize how big Laeken park is. There an International Expo was held, the first major international event in Europe after the Second World War. Nevertheless we would have caught the tramway if we had known that there was a stop near (Araucaria).

After the 25min walk back to Heyzel station we went to Parc du Cinquantenaire. From one end of the park there is an arcade, which is accessed from the military museum, from which you can get an overview of the park and nearby buildings of Brussels. It's important to know that this viewpoint is closed from 12am to 1pm. Our last visit of the trip was to the European Parliament and the Leopold Park next to it.


Parc du Cinquantenaire



Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels
From this arcade there is an interesting view of the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels


Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels
Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels from the top of the arcade


Military museum in Brussels



Military museum in Brussels
Military museum in Brussels


European Parliament in Brussels



European Parliament in Brussels
European Parliament in Brussels


Leopold Park in Brussels


Leopold Park in Brussels
Trees in Leopold Park in Brussels




Before catching the train to the airport, we enjoyed a last waffle beside  the Manneken Pis and we walked around the Grand Place, the most beautiful place in Brussels.



Grand Place in Brussels
Maison du Roi on the Grand Place in Brussels




Grand Place in Brussels
Another view of the Grand Place in Brussels



Grand Place in Brussels
Main facade of the City Hall on the Grand Place of Brussels




Grand Place in Brussels
Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) in Brussels



Waffle with Strawberries
Waffle with Strawberries we enjoyed on the Grand Place in Brussels before leaving to the airport



Besides Ghent, in Belgium we visited the following places too:





Finally, other countries and cities I have already visited are:

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