Brussels

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50.8503° N
4.3517° E

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" Brussels was one of my least favorite destinations in Europe. I think once you get past the Belgian beer, it feels like a stuffy and old city more catered to grandma. Venturing out beyond Brussels was a delight though."

If you were an alien from outer space and you only had a few days to get a very broad idea of Europe, you can't go wrong with Brussels. The buildings are old, the architecture very much European and that's pretty much it. I think when in this area, you can do yourself a great favor in venturing out. The city has great connections to a wide net of Belgium. During my time there I went to meet a friend in Antwerp and had an absolute blast. I feel that this is probably the case in Amsterdam. Once you get over the red-light district and weed stuff there isn't much else, but venturing out to its lesser known towns it feels refreshing.

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First stop in Brussels is Belgian beer.

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The Mannekin Pis is a famous statue in Brussels, he is usually decorated with stuff.

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I assume it was pride week when I was visiting.

Most of the central area felt like tourist traps and they probably were. I ate at a few restaurants and bars but nothing particularly memorable I would say.  I think the Delirium distillery was probably the highlight.

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The Grote Markt.

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It looks prettier at night.

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Local entertainment while we drank Delirium on the patio outside.

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The Atomium

It's a bit out of the way to get to, but the Atomium is a worth-visit I think. It was built for the 1958 World's Fair. On a sunny day its super shiny and impressive. Inside, there are traveling exhibitions.

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A series of escalators connects the orbs on the Atomium.

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Currently based out of the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia.

Brunch is pretty great here.

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