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5th, 6th and 7th Sightseeing days,
Sat. - Mon., May 11, 12 and 13

Two days in the afternoon at Brussels had just been as planned. The last day, May 13, in the morning for one hour and a half, was thanks to the kind arrangement of Ms. H and Mr. Hank, the driver.

In Brussels, we saw mostly the sights of Grand Place and surroundings for three days.

Grand Place (Grote Markt)

Though each city in Belgium was so tasteful that I had a strong impression everywhere, Grand Place in Brussels was special.
It is the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by the guildhalls, the city's Town Hall, and King's House (Maison du Roi = the Breadhouse).
It stands to reason that it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998, and I don't know of any such squares both with luxury and grandeur as Grand Place.
I am sorry my photos may have limits themselves to convey my deep impressions.

City House on the right
West Group
King's House
GODIVA Head Office Manneken-Pis

I didn't do much preparation though I had enough time before the trip. This is usual for me.
Therefore I spent the whole time in and around Grand Place for sightseeing, souveniors, etc. However, I do not regret it nor think faulty at all. To be honest, I would like to spend more time here.

There are some cities I want to visit and stay for saveral days, like New York, London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Sydney......
Brussels must be ranked among the tops. How I wonder I could stay in this city with Amsterdam for 10 days or so.

The chic buildings with history surrounding Grand Place are worthy of looking at closely, and the appearance of the inner cafe/restaurants are supposedly like the art nouveau and art deco. Then, what are the other spots I should look around?

To begin with, I want to enjoy a half-day sightseeing bus tour of Brussels.
After that, Musée Royal des Beaux-Arts and Modern Art Museum, Palais Royal (open only in summer), Cathédrale S.S. Michel et Gudule, Maison des Brasseurs...... and there must be several others.
Not only on foot but by Metro, tram and bus.

Back to reality, please see a couple of pictures of my memory. In the top one, "Are you from the Czech Republic? "

Everard 't Serclaes
If you touch his left hand, you will be happy.
Grand Place, May 11 afternoon
Grand Place, May 13 morning
We stayed in Ramada Brussels for 2 nights.
The TV in our room had 3 English channels: BBC, Euro News and Fashon TV.
Main channels were supposedly Dutch, French and Flemish.
Other languages were Arabic, Italian, Greek, Macedonian, Russian, Spanish, Thai, German.
There was no Japanese channel at all during this trip.
Please allow me to get sidetracked as I have just remembered the actress Audrey Hepburn.
Her nationality is British, but she was born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1929.
During the Second World War, she is said to have lived with her family in the Netherlands. She must have led her young days full of cares.

There may be many people in Japan, too, who remember that she made a striking debut in the film "Roman Holiday." That movie came out in 1953, just 60 years ago.
As most of you know, she appeared in a lot of wonderful movies, several of which I have in my memory are as follows.

Roman Holiday
The Nun's Story
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Wait until Dark
My Fair Lady
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