I was glad I did explore a little further, because I came upon what can only be described as really the only truly beautiful part of Brussels – The Grand Place. In this city of nice, but uniformly grey buildings, here was architecture with embellishment. Originally a market, this place continues to feel like the heart of Brussels in it’s hustle and bustle. The Town Hall dominates the square, with the no less impressive, but smaller guildhalls all around.
Now when we arrived in Brussels we immediately decided to go out and explore the town. Generally I have a great sense of direction but Brussels is the only city so far that I cannot figure out. I have no idea why but I just do not understand the way the city is laid out. So we immediately start off in what I believe is the right direction and we promptly get lost (and this happens for the rest of the weekend). So after getting ridiculously lost and wandering around the Red Light District at 11am (interesting comparison to the woman on display at 11am and 11pm) we finally end up where we wanted to be, Grand Place. Grand Place is the central square of Brussels and is surrounded by ornate medieval buildings. It is a great starting point to see the city and it is also where my “spidey senses” aka my sense of direction kicked back in and I was able to find a bar that I went to when I was studying abroad.