Feb. 22, 2014: Day 7 of the Belgian Adventure
Another breakfast assembly of bleary-eyed people. And us as well. A few of last night’s partiers appear to be bleary-stomached as well. Meet Nicolas and Laurence so that L can practice her tour guide routines: figure she is working on getting a licence. Quick trip by train into Brussels. Disappointed that we do not see any sprout farms.
On arrival head for Grand Place/Grote Markt to blend in with other tourists. Square is large enough to put in a rink. Look forward to Canada-Belgium game at next Olympics. Laurence leads us through various streets to take up us the Mont des Arts. Confusing number of royal palaces/places. Wonder how they kept track of each other without cell phones. Coffee and chocolate major purchases. Magritte and Art nouveau Musical Instruments Museum building pointed out to us. No sprout museum. Disappointed. Group splits up for various activities.
Wander through the Museum square, heading for lunch and Harp Centre. Great architecture, some not-so-great architecture. Mistakes or student projects? Do not see sprout motif anywhere: disappointed. End up at restaurant that only speaks Flemish. Manage to order lunch and avoid international incident. Arrive at Marie Palentine’s Harp Centre to pay for harp rental. Fascinating! Samantha intrigued with harp lift next to stairs. Funky apartment/performance space/bar/business centre. Must get one for UBC. Nicolas and Laurence know Marie’s partner Bernard Tirtiaux’s work — short visit is too short. Head back to visit Musical Instrument Museum. Impressed by espaliered shade trees in Parc Royale. Could be natural beach volleyball nets? Maybe shade for sprout plants. Travel is so broadening.