Here’s La Grande Place, the most beautiful square in Europe, according to UNESCO.I returned to this 19th-century shopping arcade that I liked so much. (For a larger selection of photos of this gorgeous gallery and the above square, please see my Brussels January 2013 post):Love these Camper sandals. 160 euros:Stopped to fuel up with my 4th espresso of the day:Waffles at the table next to me, another specialty of Belgium; they’re called gaufres.
As I said, on my January post there are much better photos. I didn’t have enough time to thoroughly explore the city and, like last time, left with the feeling that there was lots more to see: the striking Art Nouveau buildings, for example; the museums, the area called Ixelles, etc. Here are a few recommended addresses for anyone planning to visit Brussels:
http://www.mary.be (Belgian chocolates!)
http://www.lesbrassins.com (one of the better Belgian brasseries located on the street where Audrey Hepburn was born)
I’ve just learned that the “white cathedral” I referred to in the preceding post is named Notre Dame de la Chapelle and is the burial place of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Had I not been so busy stuffing my face with fries and guzzling beer, I might have noticed this relevant piece of information and gone inside. Because I love the work of this important 16th-century Flemish painter.