Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Brussels - The Comic City

Brussels is, first of all, a city located in the centre of Belgium and is its capital. The city is famous for being home to many Belgian comics characters, including The Smurfs, Largo Winch, Tintin and Lucky Luke to name but a few therefore the city is also nicknamed the Comic City.
The St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral is the main church in Brussels. The music sound of the cathedral organ was inspiring. I attended part of the Sunday service. Good experience.
There are many beautiful glass-stained windows which allowed more light to fall in to the church.
The cathedral with two strong towers giving it an imposing appearance. It is often used for Catholic ceremonies of national interest, such as royal marriages and state funerals.
The cathedral is located on the Treurenberg Hill and one could enjoy the view of the lower town.
Manneken Pis, is a Brussels landmark. It is a small bronze fountain sculpture depicting a little boy urinating into the fountain's basin. Funny to have a boy peeing as a city landmark but indeed there are several legends behind this statue - the pee that saved the city.
Since the mid-1990s, the Manneken has had a female equivalent, Jeanneke Pis - looking apparently contented but not quite graceful.
Part of the Galerie de la Reine - many outlets here selling several brands of Belgium chocolate. And the price .. LOL .. expensive.
Well, Belgium is well-known for chocolates. Brands of Belgian chocolate, like Neuhaus and Côte d'Or, are world renowned and widely sold.
A chocolate fountain - a device for serving chocolate fondue. I wish I could have one of that in our lab.
Godiva is a chocolate manufacturer, founded in 1926 in Belgium. Such chocolates were made from fine and high quality ingredients. I bought some and it was just so so. I must try those from Neuhaus.
Despite the cloudy/gloomy/rainy weather (overall bad weather) over the weekends, but I did enjoy the trip. Many adventures from the demo at the city, to light up at the La Grand-Place and walk around the city. Belgium though a small country it is, but worth a place to see.

1 comment:

Eddie said...

one word for all ur "too many" posts.
where is my godiva?