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2016/12/28 48 hours in Bruxelles
π 2016-12-28 01:01 in Belgium, Trips
After a partial day in Ghent, we took an evening train to Bruxelles, checked in at l'Epicentre, our B&B in an authentic historical narrow building that was challenging to get into with luggage, but the location was hard to beat and our host was super nice and helpful.

a mere 30mn from Ghent to Bruxelles
a mere 30mn from Ghent to Bruxelles


it was 'fun' to get our luggage up the stairs :)
it was 'fun' to get our luggage up the stairs :)

On our way down, we walked by grand place, beautiful, and went by the famous manneken pis on the way too:




We then went to Alexandre for Dinner



The next morning, we had breakfast at our B&B and headed out for a walk while everything was closed (nothing opened before 10:00, sadly, making the day kind of short). We ended up at Basilique Nationale du Sacré-Cœur à Koekelberg when they opened at 10:00 and went to the top for so so views due to the fog not having quite lifted yet:





every city seems to have a ferris wheel now :)
every city seems to have a ferris wheel now :)

finally we made it to Basilique Nationale du Sacré-Cœur à Koekelberg thanks to uber, still foggy at 10:00
finally we made it to Basilique Nationale du Sacré-Cœur à Koekelberg thanks to uber, still foggy at 10:00





it did look better by the time we left :)
it did look better by the time we left :)

From the Basilique, we walked to the Chocolate Village Museum and had an informative tour


From there, we took the subway to the Atomium and Mini Europe:


We did mini Europe first, which was fun


We then went to the atomium, which I figured was a bit of a washed out attraction during low season, so I didn't worry much about lines. I was wrong, there was a 2H+ line to get in. Even with line optimization, it took us a while to get up. The main line was to get to the top, which had reasonable views. Then you had a different entrance to see just a portion of the balls, the other ones were not in use anymore, which was a bit of a shame, but the remaining ones had some expos inside:






escalators or stairs between the balls
escalators or stairs between the balls



part of the expo recounted when Belgium still had an airline, Sabena (since then bankrupt)
part of the expo recounted when Belgium still had an airline, Sabena (since then bankrupt)


nice plane food back then
nice plane food back then

Once done with mini Europe and Atomium, much later than I had planned, we took another uber to the Comic Book Museum. Belgium is probably the capital of the world on commic books, especially in variety, I grew up with them:




Hergé is famous for the great job he did with Tintin, but he was just one of many
Hergé is famous for the great job he did with Tintin, but he was just one of many

the museum pointed out that the first comic strips actually came from the egyptians
the museum pointed out that the first comic strips actually came from the egyptians


I also loved the schtroumpfs (smurfs)
I also loved the schtroumpfs (smurfs)





After the museum closed, everything was closed, so we went back to Grand Place to see the light show on the buildings. Click on the video for more:



We then walked around to see the little Xmas houses and get dinner:





During our short time in Bruxelles, we say many chocolate shops, as well as beer shops, and those were only a very small sample:

beautiful Galeries Royales St Hubert, filled with shops
beautiful Galeries Royales St Hubert, filled with shops














The next morning, we went to the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, which was nice enough to open at 09:00:








Inside the museum was a very nice (and cold) hangar filled with planes


And across the street was a great car collection at Autoworld


After Autoworld, we walked to the Google Office for a quick visit


And nearby was the European Parliament, where we went to visit Parliamentarium:





We when used the little time left to see Mont des Arts, Place Royale, and Église Notre-Dame du Sablon before we had to head back to the train station for our fast train back to Paris (just 1h15) and have a reveillon dinner with my dad:






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