Royal Palace

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The Royal Palace of Brussels, built at the end of the 18th century.  The website of the Belgian Monarchy describes it best “The Palace is where His Majesty the King exercises his prerogatives as Head of State, grants audiences and deals with affairs of state. Apart from the offices of the King and the Queen, the Royal Palace houses the services of the Grand Marshal of the Court, the King’s Head of Cabinet, the Head of the King’s Military Household and the Intendant of the King’s Civil List. The Palace also includes the State Rooms where large receptions are held, as well as the apartments provided for foreign Heads of State during official visits.

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Woke up this morning to another great breakfast – this time with fresh crepes too!

Our flight was in the afternoon, so we spent most of the day just wondering around the Grand Place.  The weather was a little gloomy, but it didn’t stop us from sitting and just casually peopling watching in the square of Grand Place.

March 09, 2013-GrandPlaceDude-2596Not sure what these people were dressed up as..

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Monument Statue for Everard ‘t Serclaes that the myth says if you touch, you will have good luck. (Good luck Andrew)

Before we got on our shuttle back to the airport, we had one more thing to do – get some Belgian chocolate!  I got an assortment of truffles and pralines.  It’s going to be hard not to eat them all at once!

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Chocolate…

On our way out, I literally ran into another friend from high school.  I had known he was going to be in Brussels, but his hostel situation ran into a few issues, so I missed him the night before.  Looks like Sam and I are following each other around Europe..

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