Countries Visited (not including Turnarounds): Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, North Korea, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vatican City
London | Perth | Sydney | Melbourne
Seatguru - Most Comfy Seats On Any Airline
pprune.org - Pilot's rumour network
Kangaroo with a Sweet Tooth
Kronicles of Kris
The Adventures of Alle Malice
Joel's trek across Asia/Europe in a Hilux
Phil's Wine Site
I Can Has Cheezburger
The Flying Pinto
Girl on Raw
Things Bogans Like
Bobby at Up, Up and a Gay
Straight Guy in the Queer Skies
Skin by Falter
Tuesday, October 21, 2008So have just come back from leave where my ultimate goal of visiting every single country became all that more achievable with a Belgium and Netherlands double last week. Once again it included schlepping the suitcase through Frankfurt International Airport to be greeted with the warm service of Lufthansa. Of course their economy service consisted of a Twix bar (full size this time as opposed to the fun size I got on the plane to Prague in May) and a bar service, which by the time I was offered a drink the 1.25L bottle of coke was flat and the smoothie I bought in the terminal seemed much more enticing.
But onto Brussels! First impressions were quite good - airport was modern, clean and easy to navigate around. Getting to Louisa metro station was a breeze, however trying to get to the hotel was another matter. Now I'm familiar with the area I know it was a 5 minute walk, but that first time I must have easily spent an hour or so looking for my hotel, whilst lugging around both the Samsonite and the Delsey was exhausting to say the least. By the time I did make it to the hotel I just hobbled over to the Carrefour express, got myself an instant salad/pasta meal, and crashed into my very comfy bed.
So here are all the photos I took in Brussels, and captioned as best as I could. There are quite a few here, may want to get a cuppa tea and a Tim Tam and make yourselves comfy.
Outside Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule
Interior of the cathedral
It had absolutely stunning stained glass windows. These photos do no justice to them - they really are a must see when in the city.
Grand Place/Grosse Markt
Manneken Pis, apparently the oldest inhabitant of Brussels
The Bourse/Beurs/Stock Market
Place St-Catherine / Sint-Katelijneplein, undergoing renovations at the time.
Place des Martyrs/Martelaarsplein
St Gery/St GoriksOpposite the Bourse
Atomium, built for the 1958 World Fair, supposed to resemble a unit cell of an iron crystal
Brussels Expo Building
Parc du Bruxells/Warande/Brussels Park
Palais de la Nation/Paleis der natie/Patace of the Nation
Palais Royal/Koninklijk Paleis/The Royal Palace
Park area near Kunstberg/Mont des Arts
Rue du Bouchers, famous for moules frites and other Belgian delicacies.
More to follow, including Amsterdam and an interesting Paris layover
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