After a good night's sleep and jet-lag behind us, we set off for a "tick the tourist boxes" day in Brussels. For starters, we had coffee and waffles on the Grand Place. See my photos for the low-cal banana and chocolate number I ordered.
We then took a 3-hour walking tour, which was great in that we hit the high-spots across a few neighbourhoods, and got a fair bit of Belgian history and cultural education thrown in.
And yes, I had take away pommes frites with mayo for lunch, as the Belgians claim they originated here, not France. They fry the chips twice - once at low heat to cook the potatoes, and then again at high heat to crisp the outside - very nice.
Later in the day, we hit the City Museum, which I thought fairly dull, but Peter enjoyed the history of how the Town Hall was built.
We found a great place called A la Becasse that had Lambic Doux and Lambic Blanche beer which is served in clay jars and is unique to Brussels. Something about the yeast found only here that makes the beer taste more like cider - quite sharp and crisp.
We had dinner in Ste. Catherine at a lovely small place called La Villette ("The Slaughterhouse" as it was a butchery in a previous life.) It serves very traditional Belgian cuisine, and the owner recommends different beer based on what food you order. Lovely, but I'm not used to drinking this much beer, so I'll leave Belgium tomorrow a bit bloated.
Beer and bladder issues go hand-in-hand, so somehow this city makes sense, when you consider its most famous landmark , Manneken Pis, is a small fountain with a little boy peeing.