Brussels, Belgium Photos -

One of the Europe's great destinations, Belgium is known for its art, cathedrals, medieval cities and castles, fine chocolates, beers, gourmet foods and friendly, hospitable people.

Travelers can't get enough of Brussels, the stylish capital city, known for a variety of architecture, fashion, food and nitelife.

Brussels has grown from a 10th-century fortress town founded by a descendant of Charlemagne into a metropolis of more than one million inhabitants, making it the largest city in Belgium.

Since the end of the Second World War, Brussels has been a main center for international politics. Hosting principal EU institutions as well as the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

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grand palace brussels
These are just two of the stylish light posts that graced the entrance gate at the Royal Palace in Brussels.

bikes for rent brussels
In most major cities in Europe you can easily rent a bike to ride. It's so simple, you simply pay a small fee, then grab the bike of choice and off you go. You're supposed to return it to one of the rental stands and most people do. That would never work in America as all of the bikes would be stolen on the first day.

waffles brussels
Of course they sell waffles in Belgium, and this shop in Brussels was no exception. Mine was covered with ice cream and so was I.

signs brussels
I found this sign near the European Union government center in Brussels confusing. How about you?

beggar lady and child brussels
All across western Europe beggars are commonly found in public places such as street corners. This one (a Romanian woman) was begging in Brussels near Grand Place. The child is part of the con and this woman should be arrested for child abuse.

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