Christ is an American Journeywoman who often sends us
her interesting travel tips and advice. She recently
visited Brussels to do some research for a play she
is working on. Erica writes...
Art Museum is wonderful...
is a surprisingly nice city. It's got great
architecture so just walking around is a worthwhile
pursuit. The Art Museum is wonderful. It is
underground but they built it around a light
well--that is, daylight gets in even eight
floors under. It was remarkably uncrowded
when I was there, on a weekend day! They have
a good collection from classic
to modern to contemporary. There are not nearly
as many Americans there as in almost every
other major European city, but a lot of British
tourists. They must be the main tourist force
because as soon as you hesitate to answer
a greeting or question in a shop or restaurant,
the salesperson switches to English.
the bird market...
I were to pick something special to recommend
to other Journey Women, it would be to explore
the Gran Place. It is the central square and
it is amazing to see, so ornate, so much detail
and splendor in the buildings on all four sides.
And if you are in Brussels on Sunday, don't
miss the bird market in the square. It was just
getting going for the year-- barely warm enough--
when I was there in early spring. But even then
the cacophony of birds was unmistakable. It
was fun to walk around and see and hear the
birds. They are all for sale, too (though I
doubt you could take them home to another country).
did get a little mixed up on the Metro, I don't
think it's as clear as in Paris or London. For
example, there are no maps of the route inside
the cars. The cars are like Boston's T, they
aren't exactly trains. And the buses are quite
a puzzle, too, but I find that's often true
in other cities as well. The good news... to
make things easier to understand -- free route
maps are available from Maison du Tourism (Tourist
center) on rue Marche aux Herbes 63. While you're
there you can also pick up a copy of Agenda
-- listing upcoming cultural events and other
bits and pieces that visitors might enjoy.
All in all,
I found this city a lovely one to visit for
a couple of days and recommend it highly to
other Journey Women visiting Europe. Other
major cities are so close. For example, did
you know that Brussels is only a little over
three hours by train to London and it's not
far to Amsterdam and Paris as well.
Once you're here, why not find out about
Antwerp another delightful