Wednesday, 3 June 2015
And Brussels, of course
I almost did not visit Brussels at all - L. and I intended to go to Bruges, the Venice of Northern Europe, but woke up with too little daytime left for a trip that takes two hours one way - so we went to explore the capital.
Atomium was probably the coolest thing I saw during the Brussels visit. I had very low expectations, thinking it is just another tourist attraction, but look at the photo! It is so cool - and close to the airport, at least by car, if you stil lhave some time before the flight takes off. Each ball is a a museum, interconnected with escalators.
We walked and walked, visited curiosity shops and parks and disagreed on whether the royal castle was inside or outside town. Evidence: in town. I am right in front of the royal castle, where, just as in Stockholm, the royal family has not resided for years and years.
Biggest cultural "shock factors"during this brief visit: the Belgian subway is very empty and the main thing about the french fries that are sold on every tourist-dominated corner is not the fries but the sauce.
There is still more to explore, of course. I am sure I will be back here again soon!