Brussels and chocolates

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Flag of Belgium  , The Ardennes,
Sunday, June 27, 2010

We started the day by discovering the secrets of Belgian chocolates.  We visited a local chocolatier and received an education briefing.


Next we discovered Bruseels. 
We visited the Grand Palace and saw Manneken Pis, a symbol of Brussels.

The Grand Palace in Brussels is the main square.  It is also known as the Grote Markt.  This square measures 68 by 110 meters and is considered a UNESCO World Heritage site (1998).  The history of the site began in the 10th century when a fort was built there.  In 1401 the Brussels City Hall was built.

















The Manneken Pis is a bronze statue of a naked boy urinating.  The sculpture was designed by Jerome Dequensoy in about 1618.  The clothes of the little boy change constantly to represent various fashions from around the world.




















After visiting these sites with the group we gave the students free time for over an hour.  During this time I visited the Grand Palace some more, bought souvenirs, bought 7 different Belgian beers to attempt to bring home, and then had a pint of Leffe Brune at an outdoor cafe.















We got back on the bus and I immediately felt exhaustion set in.  We took an hour drive to the city of Dinant.  During the drive we could see a definite change in scenary with more rolling hills and forests.
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