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Sablon and Place Royale, Brussels

22 Feb

Remember the Hop On Hop Off service at Brussels? It has two routes that you can take. Both starts at the central station. On this journey, Piggletino took the ‘Europe line’. Some sights would include:

The Notre-Dame du Sablon, of Gothic architecture…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

…Petit Sablon Square across the street from the Church, surrounded by 48 small bronze representing ancient professions such as masons, sculptors, etc…

And Place Royale, or the King’s square of Brussels…
…where of course, the Royal Palace of Brussels is! The Palace is situated across the Brussels Park, where many locals visit for a jog or a family day’s out. The Royal Palace is not the residence of of the royal family. It stands grandly at the cobblestoned square where the Palace of Coudenberg once was.

While the scout was watching the changing of guards take place, Piggletino took a photo with the Palace! What a grand sight!


Stroopwafels, the Dam Square, and the Royal Palace

5 Jan

Rise and shine!
When in Amsterdam, eat a lot of Stroopwafels!
If anyone might like to know a little history of the stroopwafels, this yummy snack originated from Gouda, The Netherlands, in the 1800s. It was once made from leftovers in a bakery, made tastier by adding some syrup. The stroopwafels are a little soft and the filling within has a pleasant taste of cinnamon. Piggletino was told that to eat it in the traditional Dutch manner, one had to place the waffle over some hot beverage such that one side of the waffle was soft and warm while the other was crispy.


After a simple breakfast, Piggletino went on a cruise along the canals of Amsterdam. Look, it’s the Victoria Hotel again! How very convenient!


Meanwhile, his scout was visiting the Royal Palace Amsterdam at Dam Square. The Royal Palace isn’t always open; if you wish to visit, remember to check the opening dates and hours each day!
This is a picture of the central hall of the Royal Palace.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Dam Square has several attractions that you might like to check out as well. Across from the Royal Palace stands the WWII War Memorial, and beside the palace is the Nieuwe Kerk. The Nieuwe Kerk was a church used for investitures, but is today used as an exhibition space.

Now, where did Piggletino go during this period…?