Brussels Brewery Tour
We had our first visitor to Brussels this past weekend. And ready or not, we became tour guides. Mark took a break from the Dallas heat to tour around Europe. Here's a little synopsis of the weekend's festivities..First stop on the Tour de Belgium: Grand Place. The Grand Place is decked out for Christmas. The controversial techno tree is in full 'bloom.' And the Christmas markets surround the smaller streets. We ordered moules frites and covered the tourist part of the visit. Then, ended the night in Place Flagey.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6uMD1cTiBU?rel=0&w=700&h=525]The next day: Military museum. The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History occupies part of the Cinquantenaire. The aviation exhibition boasts one of the largest aircraft collections in the world. It's located in the coolest wing...ba da ching!Mama Roma...duh.Then, we road tripped over to Dinant, Belgium. Birthplace of the saxophone and home of the Leffe Abbey. Oh, and apparently an ostrich farm. Definitely on the list for a full weekend trip.We took the tour of Maison Leffe, which was everything but the actual brewery. We left very impressed, mostly because of the interactive smell machines and Leffe glasses we received as gifts. Although the beer history and learning how to pour a perfect glass was probably the boys' favorite, I loved the interior of the dining room. So chic for such an historical, quaint town!On sunday, we took off to the Parliamentarium. One of the coolest buildings of our lives. Our friends showed us that there is actually vin chaud in the world that we enjoy and spoiled us at their home. The weekend ended in Place Jourdan, sans frites...not kidding.Not too shabby for being 3 month locals.