When in Brussels

The City of Brussels is the largest municipality and historical center of the Brussels-Capital Region, as well as the capital of Belgium. It is also the administrative center of the European Union, and is thus often dubbed, along with the region, the EU's capital city. 

We had the fortune of a long layover in Brussels, Belgium on our way to Florence, Italy. So we exited the airport and took the metro to the City Centre and then back to Brussels Airport. It was quite seamless. The bus would have been longer but more scenic. 

We got to do the following

The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula is a medieval Roman Catholic cathedral in central Brussels, Belgium

See the Smurf statue at Comics Art Museum

Try Belgian Chocolate

Try Belgian treats at Pano

Walk through Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, a Renaissance-style arcade built in the mid-1800s. With a glass roof once known as the "umbrella of Brussels," the building is worth seeing whether or not you want to indulge in any retail therapy. Around 6 million visitors come to the Galeries every year to enjoy stores selling everything from clothing to chocolate to diamonds.

See the Charls Bul fountain. Dipping back down to the area around the Grand Place, Charles Buls and his dog are having a relaxed time in the historic center the former Brussels mayor helped preserve. Buls and his loyal companion are regularly joined by locals and tourists alike for a photo opportunity.

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Saw Atomium from the train.

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