Charles Buls Fountain
Dylan and I immediately fell in love with how quirky and carefree Brussels was! I mean, one of the main tourist attractions in Brussels is Manneken Pis, a statue of a little boy peeing in the street. There's also a museum with over 800 costumes for the boy, with about 100 on display, and the collection rotating every month. Manneken Pis is pretty easy to find, we actually kind of stumbled upon it after walking through Grand Place. There were a fair number of tourists taking photos with the statue - this is the perfect spot for people watching! Yes, the statue is pretty tiny, but I'm not sure why that disappoints people. Dylan and I loved Manneken Pis because it was incredibly quirky, and it was just so funny. Everyone around the statue was having fun posing for pictures, which made for a great atmosphere.
Speaking of fun statues in Brussels, Dylan made us search out the Jean-Claude Van Damme Monument in Brussels. Dylan is a big fan of Van Damme, or the muscles from Brussels, so this was on his "must-see" list. The statue was a bit difficult to find, as it isn't in the city centre. Take a metro to the Westland Shopping Center, and then find the exit closest to the grocery store in the mall. The statue is actually in the middle of two streets, which we thought was quite an odd location for such a statue. So, you'll most likely have cars in the background of your photos as it was a busy street, but what can you do! Since this statue was out of the city center we were the only ones there, so there's no crowd to fight your way through for that perfect photo!
On our way to the Van Damme Monument, we stumbled upon De Vaartkapoen by Tom Frantzen, a statue of a policeman being tripped by a man hiding in the sewer.
I visited quite a few museums in Brussels, all of which were quite unique, and unlike anything we have here in Ottawa. I learnt about the history of comic strips, lace, chocolate making, musical instruments, and Mannekin Pis costumes!
Belgian Comic Strip Center
Museum of Costume and Lace
Musical Instrument Museum
Needless to say, Dylan and I absolutely loved our time in Brussels, and I would highly recommend adding this quirky city to your next European itinerary! These were some of my favourite unconventional features of the capital city of Belgium, and they are what made our short time in the city so enjoyable!
Have you ever been to Brussels? I would love to hear about your travel experiences in Brussels!