brussels and amsterdam

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After two months living as nomads in hotels, we finally got to stay in a home and get home cooked meals. We stayed with family in Brussels and used this as our base for a week. We spent most of our time getting to know cousins, aunties, uncles, grandpa… it was lovely to feel like we belonged somewhere. From Brussels, we visited Bruges and the Netherlands (a.k.a Holland).

The day we visited Mannekin Pis, there was a festival on so instead of seeing the usual statue, we  saw the boy dressed up. There was music and a procession before the boy was unveiled dressed in what appeared to be a Musketeer outfit. Obviously it was all in Flemish or French so we were only able to observe without really understanding. We did get to see him au naturale though when we returned from Amsterdam and were in the vicinity again.

Mannekin Pis - clothed
Mannekin Pis – clothed
Mannekin Pis
Mannekin Pis

Now Amsterdam is a very small city. A city easily explored on foot or on bike….The latter of which is a very popular mode of transport. We have never seen so many bicycles parked in any one place ever! One of our must-dos for Amsterdam was to visit Anne Frank’s house. Having read her diary when we were younger, we were keen to see for ourselves what her living quarters were like. It seemed like everyone else had the same idea, hordes of people trundling up and down through the narrow house. It was a very touching and sad experience all the same.

Bicycles everywhere
Bicycles everywhere

Being in the Netherlands and not eating cheese, seeing windmills, or trying on clogs would be considered outrageous! So we did a day trip to Volendam and Marken where we experienced all those three things in one day!

Belgium and the Netherlands are two very quaint countries that we would one day like to come back and explore some more.


7 thoughts on “brussels and amsterdam

    Foreign Food - southern kissed said:
    March 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm

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    Ayla said:
    March 19, 2014 at 1:14 am

    I’m going to Brussels and Bruges for the first time next month and the Mannekin Pis is on my list of things to see. A very strange tourist attraction but it has to be done! I wonder if he’ll have an outfit on for Easter?!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 19, 2014 at 5:54 am

      Ohhhh – have fun! Maybe he will be a bunny 😉

    andyarticles said:
    March 5, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I found the Anne Frank house incredibly moving when I visited about 20 years ago now very simple very quiet… powerfull I hope they haven’t Disneyfied it…

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 5, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Yes, so true what you say! More and more attractions that we visit seem to become more like a theme park! It’s been 8 years since our visit so we too wonder what it’s like now!
      Thanks for visiting & taking the time to comment 🙂

    ourworldheritagebe said:
    August 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    You should really explore both of them more, indeed. Loads to see around here!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 2, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks for visiting our blog! Yes, we do have to spend more time in both these places – it’s on the list for when we do an RTW. We do have some family in Brussels so shouldn’t really have an excuse! 🙂

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