Brussels 2021

Brussels is a very attractive city. The Grand Place is a wonderful showcase of Gothic architecture.

There are a lot of pretty sights around the city. I especially love walking into old churches and admiring the way the stained glass windows catch the sunlight. It’s somewhat hard to capture in a photograph. (Or maybe I’m just bad at photography.)

I went to a couple of different museums, including one dedicated to Magritte and one dedicated to illuminated manuscripts.

Sketch of pipe Illuminated book
Some pictures from the museums I visited, including a sketch of Magritte’s famous Treachery of Images. I think the actual painting is in Los Angeles. (Click on any image to view at full resolution.)

Food-wise, I obviously had to have a Belgian waffle. I also had some strange tomato dish at a cute café. I’m not sure what it was, but it was decent.

Waffle in napkin Lunch plate at café Outdoor dining under tree
Dining pictures in Brussels. (Click on any image to view at full resolution.)

I passed by a restaurant named Jardin des Olives (“Olive Garden”). Apparently they have Olive Garden in Europe!

Restaurant storefront
An “Olive Garden” in Europe… (Click on any image to view at full resolution.)

There was also a cannabis store. Judging from the English signage, it was aimed at tourists. No, I did not go in. I also saw a nice antiques market behind an old church. I browsed around, but I didn’t find anything I wanted to buy.

Striped market stalls
An antiques market. (Click on any image to view at full resolution.)