Jessie's Travel Recap
(Hello Again Europe! Day 6 – Wandering Brussels by My Own (Part 2)) 

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After a day of privilege to be guided by my guardian angel (then, now fiancé) for a day, then comes the day where my (poor) navigation skills put to the test!
And today, I was adamant to visit the famous underground palace, de Coudenbergpaleis, which seems to be translated to “Cold Mountain” according to Heritage Times.
A brief history of the place
According to Wikipedia and Heritage Times, this castle was built in the early 12th century just to dominate the small city of Brussels; which it later became an important place for diplomats to come together and a defensive castle. Most part of the castle has been demolished and part of its area now sits the Royal Brussels Palace besides it.
How to get there?
Usually it is pretty straight forward if you are going by train, where you get off from Prac Metro station; but because of the Paris bombing the night before, most Metro stations in the city were all locked down for bomb inspection; causing me take multiple transportation (mainly buses) and finally arrived near the Brussels Park.
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I wasn’t very certain where exactly I was until I took this picture. Then I realised that there were guards outside in military outfit staring at me wondering what this tiny Asian girl is doing; only to later realise that I was taking the picture of the Parliament.
This wasn’t the first blur time when I walked into government district with my camera in Europe, haha… when men in black ended up following me wondering where I was going.
Ahem, pardon my digression…
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So to head over to the underground palace, even if you got off the Prac Metro station, you will still walk pass (or through) the huge Brussels park, which you should not miss at all.
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Brussels are full of statue designs; and the park is not excluded. This one was taken near one of the fountains.
Did you know that…
The park has 2 names, one is called Parc de Bruxelles in French and Warandepark in Dutch?
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So taking about a 5 – 10 minutes stroll in the park you will arrive and see the Royal Palace of Brussels. It is usually open during Summer tours but since it’s Autumn, this was not possible.
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I just took a goofy selfie outside; and yes, it is a little cold and windy with drizzles. The clouds were everywhere.
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The price ticket (at present) for the underground broken palace was 7 Euro, but if you would like to add an extra tour to see the history of Belgium you are to pay 12 Euro.
I remembered when I wanted to visit they only sold me the 6 Euro one as they said the latter was not available; so off I went to venture out and see what lies beneath.
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The environment is actually quite dark, and you could see that over the centuries the walls have been deteriorated.
I actually have to use a long exposure setting just to be able to have a better shot of the place.
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Imagine… these stairs used to lead to a grand banquet hall…
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Imagine… these hallways used to be buzzling busy of servants cleaning up and running errands; or even the duke walking to the chapel for prayers.
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There is a model to tell you how it could have looked like, and how it is now buried underground with the lively city with tourists above.

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At the exit point from the underground palace you will come to the artefacts collection of what they found there. You will get to see what are the items being used as far back as 15th century.
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This is the fleurs-de-lis jug, and abbreviation for Maria (Virgin Mary)
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Pint and fluted dish, dated 17th century
Interestingly, at the artefacts section, you will notice that there are some from China; perhaps this could be from one of Marco Polo’s adventures?
So after a walkthrough back in time, I have decided to get a train ticket from Brussels Central (Brussel-Centraal) as I feel it was safer to head back to Antwerp as the tension was mounting and most public transportation were moving in circles due to matros being shut down for bomb sweeps. Since I actually fly off from Amsterdam, it is better head back to Netherlands.
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While skipping through rain finding shelter to shelter and finally the rain died down, I was famished and I have decided to try out Belgian’s famous fast food – Fries!
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Belgian Frit’N Toast was the first shop I noticed were there are quite a steady flow of patrons ordering their fries. And you will find it interesting when a menu is presented in 2 different languages.
I didn’t feel like having any burgers at the time but just simply wanted to try the fries since Belgian Fries are famous with their 2-step fried method on freshly sliced potatoes.
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I wasn’t sure what I was thinking when I saw the word “special fries” on the menu. I thought it was just the standard sized fries with sauté onion rings, mayonnaise and ketchup; but I didn’t realise it was actually a double portion of fries on a big box.
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I actually took this picture and showed my friends and colleagues back in Malaysia and they were like, “you are going to eat this all by yourself??”
I should have just gone for a normal boring portion… hahaha…
(I couldn’t finish it. It became my dinner and next day’s breakfast)
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Anyways, the guys at the shot were very sporting when I told them that I would be blogging about it when I have the time back in Malaysia; so we had a we-fie together, not realising that this will only be published years later.

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As I have decided to just walk around to shop for souvenirs, I was really tempted to get these as souvenirs; but maybe by the time I arrive Malaysia, it could have melted.
Then I came across the famous 1 Euro waffle station – Le Funambule. Who could resist touching and feeling a 1 Euro worth of giant size waffle?
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I can tell you that when it was on my palm, it felt heavy and packed and it almost slipped off my tiny palm; so you know that this is one solid waffle.
So there you go; 1 giant portion of fries and 1 giant portion of waffle. This was enough to feed me until noon the next day.
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I am not sure about you, but I felt my face already looked round 2 days later on my way back. Haha…