Saturday, October 30, 2010

Mussels in Brussels...

Today we took the train into Brussels to try some of their famous mussels and to check out the Grand Place.  The architecture is amazing; I had to stop myself from taking too many pictures of buildings.  Brussels is a very big city compared to Gent and it felt really good to get back to the little city I'm somewhat more familiar with.  Bronwen had a blast on the train (she was so excited) as well as in the city, and both kids were really good the whole day-hurray!
Grand Place
The famous statue, Mannekin Pis, is just a few blocks away from the Grand Place. I think that they change his clothes daily and today he was dressed as a surfer-how funny!  The only thing that could have made it better is if he was wearing an HB T-shirt:)

Manneken Pis

We stopped in a restaurant called Chutneys for some mussels and beer. Both were outstanding!! We had a Belgian beer called Leffe which is Steve's favorite Belgian beer and mussels in a creamy white wine broth. The mussels were the best we've ever had and even Bronwen ate quite a few.

Belgian beer-Leffe (each Begian beer is served in its own glass)
Moules au vin blanc (Musssels in white wine)
Panoramic view of Brussels
Then we went to a big park located in front of a palace and Bronwen made a little buddy, Milan.  They had so much fun together splashing in puddles and throwing leaves in the pond.  His mom was really nice too, they moved to Brussels from France and she has Milan (2 yrs) and another little guy who is 8 months old the exact age difference between Bronwen and Alex.   It was nice to talk with another Mom with two little ones so close together.
Bronwen and her little friend Milan

Little cutie!

All in all it was a very good day!!!

1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful city! Nana says she's up for some mussels when we come. I get the beer. (I has some Belgian White Shock Top with orange in it last week. Pretty good) She'll take some sweet wine.
    Hey, maybe if you donate a HB t shirt, they'll use it some time on the little statue. Is "pis" short for what it looks like he is squirting? Too cute.
    I see B is into her boots! Adorable.