Sunday, October 10, 2010

Brussels

We went to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, which includes the Magritte Museum. The weather was fantastic, so we sat outside for lunch. I had a fancy salad and a glass of wine. We wandered around the Upper Town. When we got to the Parc de Bruxelles, we saw this funny lion.



Fleurise said, "I guess not everyone can be a rampant lion."

This gold and black color scheme could be found throughout the city. I thought it was very pretty.



We saw the Royal Palace, the Sculpture Garden, Notre-Dame du Sablon Church, the Place du Petit Sablon, a refreshing park with a beautiful fountain, and the Palace of Justice. There was an antique market near the church. We saw these cool knives.





We made our way back to the Manneken-Pis. There was an escargot stand featuring a bubbling pot of escargot.



10 for 3.50 euro. We went for it. Not only were they already shelled,



but the broth was savory and spicy.





A very nice appetizer to our next venture, which was having dinner at the Grand Place. My camera isn't powerful enough to convey the grandeur of this plaza, so I didn't even try. Suffice it to say that it is a beautiful place to get a beer and soak in the feeling of being in another time. We got a sampling of "Belgian Delicacies" - chicken, meatball, beef - with the requisite frites.





I thought we were winding down, but on our way to look for dessert at the Saint Catherine Square, we ran into an oyster stand. So we got oysters.





When we finished dinner, we still felt like we didn't have our fill of frites. It was our last night, so decided to make our dessert moules frites and to celebrate with a little champagne. We toasted to our last night in the looming presence of the Saint Catherine Cathedral. What a great week.

2 comments:

d said...

Mmm...frites galore. Yumm.

Now I'm craving Balthazar. Though eating vicariously is nice, too.

Thank you, Mabel, for sharing your trip and pics with us.

Hope Dave and you are enjoying autumn in the city. Maybe we could go for a walk together next weekend??

I wish we could all be rampant lions. Yes, let's be.

micky said...

Have Romantic Dinner Date at Pergola Kaffee near City Center.

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