Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Another post already! I have to play catch up quickly because tomorrow is the July First Commemorative Ceremony at Beaumont-Hamel! So the next adventure that Andre and I went on was a trip to Brussels.

The Monday night before our trip was the Fête de la Musique , which is an “all-night” musical celebration of the summer solstice. “All-night” in quotations because all-night to Arras is really only one or two in the morning. Arras did put on a fantastic festival, with a grand stage in the square behind the belfoi and musicians set up on nearly every street corner in the heart of town.

The Musicians of Arras wear their sunglasses at night

The next morning we headed out to Brussels by train. After dropping everything off at our hotel we toured around the city center. There is a large square similar to the one in Arras, although the architecture in Brussles is much more grandiose and ornate. After touring the city while snacking on waffles and taking a short break for a belgium pint we headed out for dinner.

We also had a dessert of butter cookies before ending our day at Delirium, which is a pub Andre’s co-worker had recommended. I’m glad he did, it’s a pretty cool place; located in the heart of town nestled into a short dead end street. They serve so many beers on tap that there’s a book to flip through to aid you in your choice.

The Grand Place

The next morning we continued walking around the city stopping in at the Comic Strip Center to check out the book store, and the Musical Instruments Museum to see the view from their roof top terrace. It was far too beautiful a day to spend it indoors at the museums so we went to the city park to relax before our train ride home.

And that was our trip to Brussels, short but sweet!

Don't forget the famous "Manneken Pis!"

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