Brussels and an update on life

Hello again,

It has been a week of absolute madness. No, I love my job, but this week was far from quiet. But, it was good.

So, Friday night was relaxing, really chilling out in front of the TV. I know, I don’t normally watch TV but Friday was one of those night that I needed to. Which again showed me, that there is only stupid stuff on TV.

Saturday my wife and I went to Brussels. An early start at 5:30 to catch the Eurostar train from St. Pancras station. We arrived early and had a nice breakfast at Le Pain, a french restaurant chain doing amazing food. On the train itself we got another breakfast – I had booked first class since we were married for 364 days on Saturday. One year on Monday (I let you figure that one out :-)).

We arrived late in Brussels due to the recent fire in the channel tunnel. However, after initial problems with directions, we walked from Gare Du Midi to the Ported de Hal, up to the Palais de Justice (which unfortunately had scaffolding on it), down the Rued de la Regences, passing numerous Palais and Museums to the Cathedrale des Sts. Meichel et-Gurduie.

Not our most favourite town, very friendly and international though, given it is the capital of Europe (from a political point of view). We then visited the Grand Place, the main market place, had some moule and frites and continued with some chocolate shopping and further sightseeing around the town. Of course, we saw Manneken Pis.

We tried to go and see the Atomium but it seemed to far out of town. Therefore we had another rest with a waffle and coffee before we got a taxi back to our train. However, that train we were supposed to catch had a technical fault. They decided to cancel it and we were lucky and got ahead of the cue for new tickets back home. That was not until 22.30 when we arrived tired, full of food and wine from the train journey, back in St. Pancras. Allegendly we are now entitled to a free return ticket due to the inconvenience caused. Maybe we are going to the Christmas Market in Brussels after all?!

Our poor kittens were waiting for us, starving and very thirsty.

The pictures we took are put here: Picasa Web Album

However, my most favourite ones are below. We bought ourselves a new camera as well because the good one got a crack in the LCD screen 🙁 and the very old one has a worse resolution than my mobile phone.

I found a great if not funny review of the camera on YouTube too. We really like it. The baby mode is great to take pictures with a soft and natural skin tone without using the flash. The video mode has sound, and the quality of pictures is just fine.

That is about all. After over 20,000 steps, equivalent to appr. 20 km of walking, we will take it easy today.

Have a good Sunday,

Volker