Since I am came back in France, I feel the need to continue travelling, but, from Paris, everything is much more expensive than in eastern europe, for train, bus or plane. That is why I chose the best destination for me: quite close, multicultural and an european center: the Brussels!
Information about Brussels
« Brussels is the capital city of Belgium and of Brussels Capital Region. It is entirely surrounded by Dutch-speaking Flanders and its constituent Flemish Brabant province. As headquarters of many European institutions, Brussels might also be considered something of a capital for the European Union. Being at the crossroads of cultures (the Germanic in the North and the Romance in the South) and playing an important role in Europe, Brussels fits the definition of the archetypal « melting pot », but still retains its own unique character. The population of the city of Brussels is 1 million and the population of Brussels metropolitan area is just over 2 million.
When Brussels became the capital city of a new country in the 19th century, the old town was destroyed to make way for brand new ministries, palaces, schools, army barracks and office blocks contructed between 1880 and 1980. Only a small historic centre (one square and four adjacent streets) was preserved. » See more on WikiTravel!
I went alone with my car, it took me three hours to reach the city … and find a parking. I stoped close to the main square under Albertine square. If that three hours seems to be fast, it doesn’t mean easy and it was, without any map and GPS device a real disaster to find my way once in Belgium. Note to myself : Note again.
When I heard Brussels is the center of the « Bande Déssinée » I didn’t expected to see so many references of this art all arround the city. Statues, painted walls, museums… this decoration make the city a bit better than it is actually. It is very nice and atypical.
After spending my day between the Old Town and the Parlement’s district, speaking more english than french, bought local chocolate, and took the metro, I went to the well « I never heard anything about it » know Atomium! And what a surprise, the monument is impressive. Its size (on the floor) is quite the same than the Eiffel Tower. Unfortunatly it is not situated so close from the center, so bus or car needed, and again, road signs are not enought accurate.