Hangtime with Lynsey Fox in Brussels
I visited Brussels only briefly, while passing through Europe to say hi to friends, before heading off to Asia for a massive 3 month journey. I mostly worked and hung out with my friend Lynsey Fox, we only really went out one night, as I was only staying two nights total. She took me to the center of the city where I saw the Grand Palace, Town Hall, and the famous Mannekin Pis statue, which means “peeing little man”, which is a 17th century statue by by Brussels sculptor Hieronimus Duquesnoy the Elder, and depicts a bronze little boy peeing into the fountain basic, the “pee” being the water that pours into the fountain.. which.. comes out of his.. pee pee. From Wikipedia: There are several legends behind this statue, but the most famous is the one about Duke Godfrey III of Leuven. In 1142, the troops of this two-year-old lord were battling against the troops of the Berthouts, the lords of Grimbergen, in Ransbeke (now Neder-Over-Heembeek). The troops put the infant lord in a basket and hung the basket in a tree to encourage them. From there, the boy urinated on the troops of the Berthouts, who eventually lost the battle.
We also visited two cool bars, including Bonnefooi (which had a really cool Steam Punk feel to it, and I bet would be a wicked fun “hipster” nightlife spot) and L’Archiduc (a great, posh, Jazz and piano bar – excellent cocktails). We also saw an exposition of photos at Halles de Saint-Géry, focused on the many ethnic communities that live closely together in the Saint-Josse-ten-Noode neighborhood, the most densely pack neighborhood in Belgium. The photos were amazing and very humanizing and offered a glimpse into the lives of the crossroad of peoples that live there, of all colors and nationalities. It was described as being able to see the whole world in one day in one place.
Oh and ate amazing Japanese food in her neighborhood, Flagey, at Umamido. Amazing noodle soup! And of course, I had a huge helping of Belgian Frites.. so filling but sooo good!