This morning, Lachlan slept into 07:30, which was amazing, although after yesterday’s flight we did lose another hour. He was full of energy and ready to mingle.
We set off for breakfast, we did not have to go far, there was a market outside the hotel. Message to the grandmas, before reading on, remember the children did start the day with a healthy fruit breakfast.
After getting a wee lost, we passed back through Grand-Place which was extra shiny with the morning sun.
We pushed on north past the Australian food store that was not selling Australian food.
After walking for over an hour we arrived at Belgian Chocolate Village Museum.
There was a lot to learn about chocolate, Eloise was more interested on the tasting experience.
Eloise was full of sugar so we released her into Parc Elisabeth where she tried to catch birds in her hairnet.
After another hour marching on with the Batmobile at top speed we reach Atomium.
After catching the lift down, we then went up the stairs and escalators and through the various exhibitions. It turned into a bit of a rave and was too overstimulating for Eloise. Lachlan slept through it all.
The Atomium is a landmark building in Brussels, Belgium, originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair (Expo ’58)…Nowadays, it is the city’s most popular tourist attraction, and serves as a museum, an art centre and a cultural place. Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn and the architects André and Jean Polak, it stands 102 metres (335 ft) tall. Its nine 18-metre-diameter (59 ft) stainless steel clad spheres are connected in the shape of a unit cell that could represent an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times.
We were starting to feel a wee weary and had at least a two hour walk back to the hotel. It was a beautiful day to be out and about.
After a few hours of walking we were worried that we were wasting away. We knew just how to solve that. Dinner tonight was Belgian waffels.
By the time we had finished we all had a a sufficient tummy ache and slowly rolled home.
The shops that were not selling chocolate were selling Belgian frites.
We thought while we were at it…
Manneken Pis is a landmark 61 cm (24 in) bronze fountain sculpture in central Brussels, Belgium, depicting a puer mingens or naked little boy urinating into the fountain’s basin. It was designed by the Brabantine sculptor Jérôme Duquesnoy the Elder and put in place in 1618 or 1619. The current statue is a replica which dates from 1965. The original is kept in the Brussels City Museum. Manneken Pis is one of the best-known symbols of Brussels and Belgium. It is also an example of belgitude as well as of folk humour (zwanze) popular in Brussels.
Unforunatley we missed the game of the season as “Manchester City retained their slender one-point advantage at the top of the Premier League as they fought out a classic draw with closest rivals Liverpool at Etihad Stadium”.
Today it was also announced that “Scott Morrison calls federal election for May 21, setting up battle with Labor’s Anthony Albanese”.