Brussels, as the capital of Belgium, is a large cosmopolitan city, home of the European Commission and Council of Ministers of the European Union, and NATO Headquarters. It is international, bilingual, very sophisticated, and a traffic nightmare on a rainy day. We crawled around the city, taking bad photos from rain smeared bus windows. [I was intrigued to see how some of the city trees are pruned, and had a preview of how they might look when leafed out; I think they will be interesting and pretty.]
Quick stops to see the gigantic Atomium [built for the Worlds Fair in Brussels in 1958] and the funny little Manekin Pis [a small bronze fountain sculpture from the early 1600s] led us finally to the gorgeous Grand Place where we darted about looking for a warm dry place to try one of the 1000 types of Belgian beer and a Belgian waffle.
A covered walking street allowed for some viewing of fantastic Belgian chocolate [those purses are indeed made of chocolate!] but there was no time for looking at lace or tapestry, which I didn’t need anyway. It was a crazy few hours, and unsatisfying, but better than no Brussels at all.