Day 136… With romantic rivers and canals, ‘chocolate-box’ villages and impressive monuments from the Renaissance, Belgium exudes old-world charm like a lemon exudes juice. We pull into and heck into Brussels, the capital of Belgium and indeed of the European Union as well. Its kind of the crossroads of cultures for the country, with a stunning medieval core, one of the best the squares in Europe, and of clurse sublime chocolate shops, waffle houses and traditional fries (yep… invented here and misnamed by the Americans here during one of the world wars).
So after we check in we all grab a bite to eat, then travel buddy and fellow nerd James and I head off to see the Brussels Comic Museum, showcasing Tintin, the Smurf and more… Brussels is the heart if not birthplace of comics and here at least the industry is thriving. From there we stop by a beret seller and then on to Delirium Village… 7 bars/ cafes… serving the Guinness World Record for amount of beers sold… over 3,000 different ales! From there… obviously… we head home… via the iconic statue here… the Manneken Pis, a small bronze fountain-statue of a little boy taking a leak. This is the national symbol of Belgium! Yes I know… its weird… but they LOVE him here.