Thursday, 03 November 2011 07:40

One Last Walk Around Bruxelles...With My Backpack!

Written by  Ken Ku
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My last day in Bruxelles was spent walking around the city with another one of CouchSurfer that was also staying with Gio while I was there.  Since my flight was later in the evening I decided to walk around the city again with Aleksander and play the part of the tour guide.  I did have to carry my luggage with me since there wouldn't be enough time to go back to Gio's place in the evening but thankfully Aleksander carried my daypack and I carried my backpack.  It certainly made for a fantastic work out!

We started off the day by heading to the Luxemboug Station where the European Parliament is and just took a few photos before heading off towards the European Commission.  It is very interesting to see where one of the most powerful democratic legislative assembly in the world meets.  We then proceeded to go to the park and walked around admiring the trees as the leaves have changed colour where it was a wonderful display of red and gold.  This was the first time on the trip where I felt homesick.  Autumn is one of my favourite seasons back at home because of the beautiful display on the trees as well as all the holidays.

Since it was still early in the day, Aleksander and I walked towards the centre of Bruxelles and thankfully the day had cleared up from the night before.  Otherwise I would have been soaking wet and I definitely would not have wanted to lug my bag all around town.  In any case we walked to the Palais Royal and then showed him the Musée des Instruments de Musique.  The Musée des Instruments de Musique is one of my favourite buildings in Bruxelles, it is built all entirely out of steel and glass.

I basically retraced the steps from the weekend when Gio showed me around Bruxelles so after we saw the Palais Royal and Musée des Instruments de Musique we walked towards the Palais de Justice.  When I first wen there it was a weekend so I didn't know that it was an actual courthouse!  It was really interesting to see this building during the week day when there are judges and lawyers there working.  From the Palais de Justice you can also see the Atomium, but it now I know it is all the way across town.  Good thing I went there already.

The best thing about the day was that we saw all the pissing statues.  It took the rest of the afternoon but we were able to find them all.  First we stumbled on the dog pissing on a post so afterwards we decided to look for the rest of them.  The most famous being the manneken pis (the pissing boy).  When I finally saw it, I guess I was shocked at how small the entire monument real is and not quite sure why this is such an attraction.  Perhaps I will just have to do more research into it.  The final fountain is the jeanneken pis (the peeing girl) which is in a small alleyway locked behind a gate.  After seeing these peeing kids I felt a bit dirty so Aleksander and I decided on going to the Cathédrale Saints Michel and Gudule.

This would be the final stop for me because I wasn't sure how long it would take to get to the airport and being on a backpacking trip, I decided to take the bus this time.  There is an express city bus that goes directly to the airport for only 3€ which I thought I should try out.  We did have to go back to Palais Royal to catch it though but the walk wasn't very long, maybe 20 minutes in total.  After the entire day carrying my 17 kilo backpack another 20 minutes didn't seem too bad.  I definitely was looking forward to taking it off though.

Last modified on Wednesday, 09 November 2011 05:47
Ken Ku

Ken Ku

A photographer/printmaker/perpetual wanderer going on a backpacking adventure around the world.  Follow my journey as I discover new places and meet new people!

Website: www.kenkuphotography.ca

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