Mussels and Waffels and Chcolatiers OH MY!
Brussles or even Belgium in general has never been one of my highly desirable places to visit. But, when my friends suggested that we pass through on our way back to Germany it sounded like a good idea. Kenneth studied here for two years and speaks French fluently so he said he would be happy to show us around. We found a wonderful hostel! Especially after coming from Bob's Youth Hostel in Amsterdam, this placed seemed like a 5 star resort! It was extremely clean, had a pleasant design, friendly atmosphere and relaxing ambience. They even had a private room available so we would finally have a place to lie down and relax without strangers sleeping in the beds next to us! It's name is 2G04 Quality Hostel and I highly reccommend it!
After sitting in the car all day it felt good to go out and walk around. We decided to go out and tour the city. Brussels is unconditionally beautiful. It has a very genuine "Old Europe" feel to it: open, friendly and welcoming. It was probably the cleanest city I have ever been to and all of the architecture, buildings, streets and cathedrals have been very well preserved to represent authentic Medieval Europe. Brussles is truly gorgeous.
We walked to Grand Place, an extravaganza of medieval architecture displaying numerous gilded houses, The Hotel de Ville and La Maison de l'Arbre d'Or. By standing in the middle of the square we had a panoramic view of exquisite sights in every direction.
After a bit of sightseeing we were hungry. I insisted that we find a seafood restaurant so I could try the fresh mussels that Belgium is famous for. We found a great restaurant where were were seated next to a nice warm fire blazing beside us. I ordered a platter of mussels which were served in a delicious marinera sauce with large plum tomatoes, celery and shallots. It was an excellent meal! After dinner the boys wanted to go out and sample some Belgium beer. As you all know, I'm not much of a beer drinker myself so I left them at Delirium (known for its wide variety of over 4,000 different beers) then took a little "me time."
I walked down to La Sablon the busy and fashionable street of avenue Louise. It was nice to finally have some alone time! I tried on rediculiously expensive boots way out of my price range, sampled some rasberry liquor filled truffels and bought some souvenirs. After this I went back to the hostel, took a nice, long, hot shower and relaxed. Kenneth and Jaime came stumbling in during the middle of the night and asked me where Mark was. Clearly, I had no idea......to make a long story short: Mark had passed out in the bathroom at Delirium and, thinking that he had already left, Kenneth and Jaime left him there! Luckily, he got back in one piece. But let me tell you sleeping in a room with three drunken boys does not guarantee a very good nights sleep. All three of them were snoring louder than freight trains, one threw up during the middle of the night and the other got chocolate all over the floor, our luggage and himself!