Visiting Belgium, the living room of Europe

Belgium, some people say her greatest characteristic is “no characteristics”, some people think she is the chocolate capital, others say she is the living room of Europe, is the place where European cultures meet …… Brussels, is the capital and the largest city of Belgium, is also the European Union It is also the seat of the main administrative bodies of the European Union, the headquarters of NATO and is known as the capital of Europe.

Walking around Brussels in early autumn, the air is sweet and creamy.

Our first stop was at the ancient battlefield of Waterloo, near the town of Waterloo at the end of the Solvayne Forest, south of Brussels. The moon used to shine in the past when people today do not see the moon in the past. It is hard to imagine how fierce a battle took place in this scenic field, where the Anglo-Dutch and Prussian armies under the command of the Duke of Wellington besieged and eventually defeated Napoleon, thus ending the history of the legendary man’s domination of Europe and the hateful defeat of Napoleon, who founded the First French Empire.

Belgium’s Atomic Sphere, like the Tower in France, was designed as a symbolic structure for the Brussels Fair, which was held in the exhibition centre here in 1958. The designers wanted to express the concept of the tiny atom through this huge structure and to show the prospect of the peaceful use of the atom by mankind.

“Little Europe” is short for the miniature park of famous European landscapes in Brussels, located in the picturesque Brussels Park in the north-west of the city. The “Atomic Sphere” to the south and the famous “Centennial Palace” to the north, built to mark the 100th anniversary of Belgium’s independence, form a triumvirate of landscapes that complement each other.

The statue of Jurien, the boy who saved Belgium, stands in the heart of Brussels, near the Grand Place. The statue is far smaller than one might expect, but it is exquisite and one can feel the love the Belgians have for him.

Looking up sharply, I saw the Cathedral of St Michel and St Gudul, a Gothic cathedral which was built in 1047. The church is not overly ornate, it retains the simple linearity of Gothic architecture and is very atmospheric. The main façade has two symmetrical towers, 69 metres high, in a rare flaming Gothic style, with simple and powerful reliefs.

Strolling through the streets of Brussels, one can feel the quietness and comfort of the old city. In the face of conflict, they have chosen to integrate and preserve, and have not allowed the conflict to create divisions and disasters, which is a wise approach. The Belgian jumbo fries live up to their name and are the best fries I have ever had.

Brussels’ buildings, from the Grand Place with its strong medieval feel to the post-modern European Union complex, contain many elements and cultural symbols.

The Saint Hubert Promenade, completed in 1847, is Brussels’ famous shopping promenade and one of the oldest in Europe, consisting of the King’s Promenade, the Queen’s Promenade and the Prince’s Promenade.

The Grand Place de Bruxelles, the ancient centre of the city, was described by Victor Hugo as “the most beautiful square in the world” and the most beautiful square I have ever seen. The square is rectangular in shape and its floor is entirely made of granite. The most striking building on the main square is the Brussels City Hall, the most typical Gothic building in Belgium. Opposite the town hall is the former palace of Louis XIV of France, which is now a national museum. To the left of the town hall, with a swan statue on the door, is the Swan Café, where Marx and Engels once drafted together

Later, I saw the hero and heroine meet in Belgium in the TV series Mr. Love, which seems to be the scene in the Grand Place of Brussels.

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