Brussels – Belgium | Tour Europe 2012

Brussels was last in our itinerary, we left to go on the way back from Amsterdam to Paris, where we would take the flight back home. We booked 2 more days to get to know the Belgian capital and I think it was good size too (staying only in the same city…).
All that bothered me a little bit was the weather. From the photo below you can see that the sky was blue, but that was in the late afternoon, when we arrived at the hotel, exhausted… The next day, when we started the tours and the other day too, fine and cold rainy the day i-n-t-e-i-r-o. Needless to say, we can’t really enjoy it, especially because of Alice’s concern about being in that wet time. We chose to use a hop-on hop-off tour and it was a great decision, allowing us to visit some of the most important sights without walking too much in the rain…
But of course, photos were harmed in this process. Many cool things we saw from inside the bus can not be recorded (only in the same box…). Patience, maybe we’il come back there one day… with sun?!!
National Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Manneken Pis – statue of the little boy peeing (just that…?!) but it is one of the great sights of Brussels
Belgian chocolates – delicious
Grand Place /Grote Markt van Brussel 
Grand Place /Grote Markt van Brussel 

Alice hanging on a good part of the route …
Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudula
On the hop-on/hop-off bus – running away from the rain…
Atomium – park built for EXPO in 1958.  The Atomium is the central attraction with 102 meters high and designed by
Andre Waterkeyn.
Inside the Atomium
View of the Atomium from inside the Mini Europe – great European sights in miniature.
Big Bang and Headquarters of the European Union (which is in Brussels)
Grote Markt and I weld
Former stock exchange in the centre of Brussels…
Personal beauty!! Thank you for the audience and the patience… We have some more photos that are interesting and that will appear here on the blog at a time like this …
Next stop: Mont Tremblant – QC…