[Travel] Dream Trip To Western Europe In November 2019 (Day 6)

by - Thursday, March 05, 2020

On the previous post on my blog, I was updating the stories on Day 1 until Day 5. Then, I would like to continue on Day 6 on 03 December 2019 (Tuesday). This day we started our day after breakfast at the hotel around 06:30 am in the morning. This day we have to check-out early from the hotel, around 08:30 am but we've to standby at the lobby area, around 08:00 am. On Day 6, we're going to Brussels, Belgium for a half-day tour around the city of Brussels before we're going to Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

The journey from Paris, France to Brussels, Belgium is around 3 hours by bus, but it depends on the traffic too even the driver bus using the highway along this journey. It's a long journey for us and I take this chance to continue sleep on the bus. After 2 hours journey, we're stopped by the Resting Area – maybe around the Assevillers area, I think. It has fog in that morning and some of the plants become ice and it makes us excited to think about snow. The temperature is quite low in that area. 

Then, our driver bus continues the journey to Belgium City for around 1 hour and 30 minutes. We're stopped by at the Atomium for 15 minutes – just to take photos. The Atomium is a landmark building in Brussels (Belgium), originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World Expo (Expo 58). It is located on the Heysel Plateau, where the exhibition took place. It is now a museum. 

Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak, it stands 102m (335ft) tall. Its nine 18m (60ft) diameter stainless steel of iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Tubes of 3m (10ft) diameter connect the spheres along the 12 edges of the cube and all eight vertices to the center. They enclose stairs, escalators and a lift (in the central, vertical tube) to allow access to the five habitable spheres, which contain exhibit halls and other public spaces. The top sphere includes a restaurant which has a panoramic view of Brussels. The site is served by Heysel/Heizel metro station on line 6 of the Brussels metro. 

The second destination of this trip is the Grand Place. The Grand Place ("Grand Square", also used in English; or "Grote Markt" in Dutch; or known as Grand Market) is the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by opulent guildhalls and two larger edifices, the city's Town Hall, and the King's House or Breadhouse (French: Maison du Roi, Dutch: Broodhuis) building containing the Brussels City Museum. The square measures 68 by 110 meters (223 by 361 ft). 

The Grand Place is the most important tourist destination and most memorable landmark in Brussels. It is also considered as one of the most beautiful squares in Europe and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. 

Manneken Pis (Dutch for "Little Pissing Man") is a landmark 61cm (24in) bronze fountain sculpture in the center of Brussels, Belgium, depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin. It was designed by Jérôme Duquesnoy the Elder and put in place in 1618 or 1619. The current statue is a replica which dates from 1965. The original is kept in Brussels City Museum. Manneken Pis is the best-known symbol of the people of Brussels. It also embodies their sense of humor (called zwanze, in the dialect of Brussels) and their independence of mind. Manneken Pis is located only five minutes' walk from the Grand Place, at the junction of Rue du Chêne/Eikstraat and the pedestrian Rue de I'Étuve/Stoofstraat. This site is served by the metro station Bourse/Beurs (on lines 3 and 4) and the bus stops Grand Place/Grote Markt and Cesar de Paepe. 

The Famous Chocolate Store in Belgium.

The Souvenir Store in Belgium. 

We're going to the Hard Rock Café Brussels Store located in the Grand Place area. It's easy to find it. The second destination of Belgium city is nearby on each other. It's a nice place for photography but I'm sad that we're quite rushing at this place. If I not mistake, we only have time around 3 hours to visit Grand Place, the famous chocolate in Belgium (but I did not buy it), Manneken Pis, and Hard Rock Café Belgium.  Then, we also were having our lunch in this area before we're going to Amsterdam by bus. We take our lunch at the Chicken Way Restaurant and its quite a small place if have many Muslim groups just focus at the same restaurant. 

TIP 17 – Not only our group visit this city but it has another Muslim group that also visits the same place at the same time, so when it's lunchtime that just focuses on one Halal Restaurant in this area. Of course, not have a place to seat and it takes time if you rushing – I think it's just nice to order take away. The owner of this restaurant allows of Muslim Tourist to pray inside the restaurant, but it's open space that the same place of another customers seating and eating there. 

The journey from Brussels, Belgium to Amsterdam, Netherlands is around 2 hours 30 minutes but it does depend on the traffic too. On that day, the traffic is heavy while we're close to Amsterdam so we're direct check-in our hotel at the Ibis Schiphol Amsterdam Airport Hotel for 3 days and 2 nights. I think it's taken almost 4 hours to reaches our hotel from Brussels, Belgium.

Today, a dinner menu from the Bonda Restaurant but since we do not have time to having dinner at the restaurant so the owner packing our dinner for us before we're check-in our room. We just take our late dinner in our room. Again, we've to wait for the check-in process at this hotel, around 20 minutes to 30 minutes. It's a nice and big hotel but not the room, I think. Our room is the twin room with the extra bed in the room. It's quite small for us and also it's a challenge too when we have to open our luggage in this room. This hotel does not provide the kettle in the room, just the mineral water bottles only. It's because we're so tired, and then we getting fast to get ready for sleep. 

That is all my stories on day 6 of this trip. Just for your information, I have been writing the extra note tip about Dream Trip to Western Europe in November 2019 based on my experience during this trip. Feel free to read it. Here, the link to the continued stories about the Dream Trip to Western Europe in November 2019Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, and Day 12.

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