A Day in the Capital of Europe

Today I ate a Belgian waffle, covered in Belgian chocolate, in Belgium. I feel as though this is a major milestone in my life. It was, in fact, among the greatest tastes I have ever had meet my palate. Mouth, meet heaven.

Belgian Waffle, topped with Belgian Chocolate, in Belgium. FTW.

Belgian Waffle, topped with Belgian Chocolate, in Belgium. FTW.

This isn’t how I normally talk about food; if you know me, you’ll know that I’m perfectly happy eating the same thing for lunch every day of the year. I do love good food, though, when I get it – and this was really an exception to all expectations I could reasonably have about a three-dollar lunch.

All food chatter aside, I also saw some really neat buildings in the city center of Brussels, the capital of Belgium and of Europe. (I did make a point of walking through the business district to get a glimpse of the EU Parliament buildings.) The architecture is lovely, particularly in the [read this in French] Grand Place (or, read in a Dutch tongue, “Grote Markt”). The restaurants (all too expensive for my food-truck budget) packed into the narrow alleys just north of that plaza were fun just to observe in passing.

Restaurant district to the N/NE of the Grand Place in Brussels, Beglium.

Restaurant district to the N/NE of the Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium.

Some skateboarders were making professional-grade videos and photos of their high-level tricks near the stairway and gardens (at the Mont des Arts Garden), and I stopped to watch them. Thinking of Johnny Utah here. (Check out his travel site here.)

"sk8 or die"

“sk8 or die”

As I was walking, I visited St Catherine’s and the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula. These were beautiful buildings, of course, but pale in comparison to the Cathedral at Cologne, which I cannot quite get over. (More gushing about the Köln Cathedral here.)

 

 

A surprise highlight on my 11-mile walking day was finding a concert in the Royal Gardens at a bandstand and grove of trees that protected band and observers from the steady rainfall that followed me through my day.

 

Know anything about this band? I'd like to know who they are. Spotted 26 July 2015 in Royal Garden; Brussels, Belgium

Know anything about this band? I’d like to know who they are. Spotted 26 July 2015 in Royal Garden; Brussels, Belgium

The performers were a band I can only describe as playing gypsy rock, possibly devil worshiping (but probably not in seriousness), and with a sense of humor I’ve only seen in one other band. It was enough to get me wondering who they were, but I’ve been unable to find them online. If you know anything about these guys, please do let me know. I’d gladly listen to them in my car on the way to work.

 

 

I hope to return to Brussels. I have another full day here, but I believe I’ll be using it to visit Gent – just a short train ride to the north.

Gédéon-Nicolas-Joseph Bordiau's archway (modified from a single arch to a triparte arch by Girault, who succeeded the original architect) in Brussels, Belgium

Gédéon-Nicolas-Joseph Bordiau’s archway (modified from a single arch to a tri-parte arch by Girault, who succeeded the original architect) in Brussels, Belgium. Thank you, Wikipedia.

 

About Steve Capone

Interested in Domestic and Foreign Policy, Ethics, and Political Thought. One-time adjunct instructor and current full-time educator of small humans. Europhile, historophile, & bibliophile. M.S. Philosophy (Univ. of Utah 2013) M.A. Humanities (Univ. of Chicago 2007)
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3 Responses to A Day in the Capital of Europe

  1. Nicolle says:

    First off, I would like to say that I’m pissed off at you because of that waffle picture posted above! AAAAHHHH 🙂
    Secondly, I’ll read the post later!
    Xoxo

  2. Sharon says:

    Wonderful experiences, Steve!

  3. Nicolle says:

    That almost sounds like the perfect travel experience in a new city. Walking around and enjoying those incredible sites ranging from cathedrals to EU Parliament buildings to gardens to stunning archways, devouring (at least that’s what I imagine you did because I know it’s what I would do) a Belgian waffle covered in Belgian chocolate, listening to some local music at a festival, not being scorched by heat and instead enjoying slight rainfall, strolling down the ‘everything is too expensive on this street’ street, and did I mention the Belgian waffle covered in Belgian chocolate? It really sounds so wonderful! 🙂
    Did someone recommend you travel to Gent next time you’re there? What’s the appeal there?
    And is the other band you know with a similar sense of humor the Talking Heads? Just a guess. And maybe you can check out the festival’s website- it might be able to let you know who the band was.
    Safe travels. Xoxo

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