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Belgium & Luxembourg: Brussels Geert Cole

Belgium & Luxembourg: Brussels

Geert Cole

Published June 1st 2007
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Discover Belgium & Luxembourg. Includes FREE planning and background information. Brussels is a city of fine food, caf? culture, Art Nouveau architecture and the surreal. Pull up a chair and join laissez-faire locals who value the city?s casualMoreDiscover Belgium & Luxembourg. Includes FREE planning and background information. Brussels is a city of fine food, caf? culture, Art Nouveau architecture and the surreal. Pull up a chair and join laissez-faire locals who value the city?s casual atmosphere. Watch money go down on swish Ave Louise or buy dried caterpillars just blocks away in Matonge, the capital?s African quarter. Some of the world?s most enduring images of surrealist art were created in the nondescript northern suburb of Jette. And the architecture ranges from monumental edifices such as the Grand Place to organic Art Nouveau fa?ades and the EU?s real-life Gotham City. Constant among all this is the quality of everyday life ? the shopping?s great, the restaurants fab, the chocolate shops sublime and the pub scene extraordinary. For a long time Brussels didn?t go out of its way to impress, but its stint as Cultural Capital of Europe in 2000 saw the city dusted and polished in a flurry that brought renewed life to historic buildings and decaying streets. A new spirit, just short of cockiness, emerged, flaming outside interest and inner-city regeneration. Nearly a decade on, Brussels is looking better than ever.