ENGLISH LESSON

Brussels: City Guide

Brussels is a city lined with architecture which is neither fully French nor fully Dutch. This city is a mix between these two cultures as can be seen through the food, architecture, and languages in Belgium. Brussels is a city which can be seen in a day or two, or could be enjoyed for longer.

Tourists attractions include Grand Place, a historical market place which is home to the Town Hall and the King’s House. Standing in the middle of the plaza, it is hard not to be amazed by the gold lined buildings surrounding you. Not far from here is the Manneken Pis, a small statue of a boy peeing. When you see it, you have to laugh at how ridiculous it is that there are so many tourists surrounding this statue. Up the hills of the city lies the National Cathedral and not far from there the Palace. 

This walking tour can be completed in under two hours. Then, it is time to indulge in the local delicacies: chocolate, waffles, fries, and beer. My personal favorite is a Belgian waffle topped with strawberries, whipped cream, and chocolate. If you have a sweet tooth, this waffle will leave you very satisfied. 

If you have extra time in the city, the neighborhoods in Ixelles are very nice to walk around. Châtelain, for example,  is lined with coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants, and more. It’s a great place to stay in Brussels. 

Lastly, there are many museums in Brussels. About a half an hour drive from the city, is the famous Atomium. This landmark is worth the visit. Not only does it provide an excellent view of the city, but the inside also has art exhibitions and explanations on how the structure was built. 

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