A weekend trip to Brussels….

Last weekend, 1st and 2nd December 2007, I, Elda, Simin, and Tanin went to Brussels for sightseeing and refreshing. It was Thursday night when Tanin gave me an offer to join him spending weekend in Brussels. And I thought “wow… that’d be great!!!”. So I decided to join him.

Saturday morning at 06:00 we met in Bonn Hauptbahnhof and took the regional bahn train to Köln and changed with other train to Aachen. Then we went to Bushof and met with Simin who had spent a night in Aachen. We took a bus to Eupen and continued our journey by train to Brussels. The trip from Aachen to Eupen was really weird. We were actually going from Germany to Belgium (Eupen is in Belgium), but there was no border at all. All I realized was arriving in Eupen when the bus stopped 😀 The total trip from Bonn to Brussels took about 4 hours.

inside the train

inside the Eupen-Brussels train (Simin, Elda, Tanin)

Upon arrival in Brussels, we got out of the train station and were offered a city tour trip by some local city touring companies. We thought for sometimes and decided to take one. It cost for 10 € /person and the ticket was valid for 2 days.

So we went around the city of Brussels by bus provided by the touring agency, and got out in Atomium. We took some pictures and went inside way up to the top and went back down again, and then to the middle levels. The view was nice from the top spot of Atomium. Simin didn’t go with us though and stayed outside the Atomium.

Atomium

me in front of the Atomium

From Atomium we took other bus (of course from the same touring company) and stopped at Palais De Laeken. Took some pictures then took another bus to the shopping area, Rue Neuve. There we bought waffels which was really delicious for my taste 🙂 and continued our journey to the famous Manneken Pis statue.

Palais De Laeken

me at the Palais De Laeken

Manneken Pis

me in front of the Manneken Pis statue

After taking pictures in front of the Manneken Pis statue, we went to the Grand Place and saw a theatrical show for a while and went back to the train station because Simin decided to went back to Aachen that night. Then the three of us checked in at the youth hostel which was located near the train station. After settling down, we went out to have our dinner at the Grand Place. The restaurant’s name was LeROY D’Espagne. We really enjoyed the Belgian food, it was delicious.

Belgian dish

Belgian food dinner at LeROY D’Espagne

After having our dinner, we searched for a statue called Jeanneke Pis. We were really curious about it. It’s a peeing statue like Manneken Pis, but a girl. And after taking some pictures of the statue, we went back to the hostel for a sleep.

We continued sightseeing on Sunday morning to Place Royale, Palais De Justice, Colonne, and the European Commission’s headquarter. We showed our respect to the European Commission by taking pictures in front of the building 😀 Yes, that was the institution who gave us the scholarship to pursue our master degree in Europe (in my case Germany-Italy).

Colonne Du Congres

me at the Colonne Du Congres

EU flags

me with EU flags at the background besides the European Commission’s headquarter building

European Commission’s HQ

me at the European Commission’s headquarter

We continued our trip by feet to Parc Du Cinquentenaire since it’s near to the European Commission’s building, and went shopping for souvenirs at the Grand Place.

Parc Du Cinquentenaire

me at the Parc Du Cinquentenaire

Then we went back to Bonn. What a trip!!! Can’t wait for other trips….

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6 Responses to “A weekend trip to Brussels….”


  1. 1 trojan December 7, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    hii, how are you?
    really, i want to be like you. gave scholarship EuMI.

    but i don’t know why U can sightseeing in there?

    duit dari mana tuh?

    Peace…

  2. 2 Dafferianto Trinugroho December 7, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    @trojan:

    Hi there,

    Thanks for the comment…
    Well, if you’re interseted with the Erasmus Mundus scholarship, you can apply. Every year there are call for applications for many programmes including EuMI.
    Well, in fact, EM awardees are well-known as tourist-students that like to travel a lot 😀 And the money provided by the European Commission is actually more than enough… hehehe….

    Beste Grüße,
    Dafferianto

  3. 3 Arin February 6, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Diantara cewek2 itu, yang mana pacarmu, Mas? Hehe…

  4. 4 Dafferianto Trinugroho February 6, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    @Arin:

    Halo,

    Actually there exist only 2 girls (the one eating apple is a guy 😀 ).
    We’re friends…. nothing more than that 🙂

    Beste Grüße,
    Dafferianto

  5. 5 Kelly August 7, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Hi. Enjoyed reading your guide and seeing your photos. We had an amazing time when we visited Brussels – and you’re right about the food, it was amazing! We used this guide which we found really useful…

    http://www.free-city-guides.com/brussels/


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