The narrow street where the statue is located ends, also brings up another key point of the city, the 'Grand Place', but not before walking through a multitude of small and large shops that show in their windows what constitutes the gastronomic symbol of the country: Belgian chocolate, protected by national brand 'AMBAO' that guarantees that the product is 100% natural. They say indeed that it was the Belgian Jean Neuhaus who invented the box of chocolates to keep the temperature of the sweets after the purchase. Walking through Brussels means getting into the world of the 'liege waffle' (gauffre liege), known for its compact mass, and also the strawberries coated with hundreds of kinds of chocolates, as if the pointed roofs of the buildings and the charm of its medieval, Gothic, baroque and neo-Flemish architecture was not enough.
With the help of our map, we get to the famous 'Grand Place', which opens majestically at the end of the street of a thousand chocolates. In the words of Victor Hugo, this is the most beautiful square in the world and as we get into it, amazed by the beauty of the City Council and the King's House, we must admit that the novelist was not misguided. What was once his home, Le Pigeon, still rests on the numbers 26 and 27 of the square. In the middle of the place, lost in the lush ornamentation of the architecture, our friend Tatiana greets us smiling, looking at the buildings that have accompanied her throughout her life and that still seem to surprise her. Tatiana is a beautiful friend and companion of past memories of work and leisure, some unforgettable and challenging adventures. Therefore, our reunion with her is exciting and loud, given the excitement and intensity that Tatiana shows in almost every one of her acts. Now, getting to know the open and uninhibited character of the people in Brussels, we know where this way of being came from.
With this background, Tatiana decides to change this time the coffee for some huge jars of Belgian beer instead. And to do it, there is no better place for our friend than Delirium, a popular bar in the capital. To get there, we walk through the Rue de la Colline until a sort of pedestrian walkway full of elegant shops. This is the Galeries Royales Saint Hubert, a set of three passages constructed under the buildings that house luxury boutiques and distinguished chocolatiers. The three aisles are separated by different squares between them, although our steps get directed at first one to the left, to take the Rue des Bouchers and reach our friend's favorite bar.
Across the city and next to the huge Laeken Park, we can find what would probably be the third symbol of Brussels next to the 'Manneken Pis' and the 'Grand Place': the 'Atomium', an structure of 102 meters high that consists of nine steel spheres representing an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Although it was built with an estimated time of six months for its exhibition at the 1958 World's Fair, the inhabitants soon made it an icon and the 'Atomium' remained in its current location. Without being particularly beautiful, the monument is spectacular and one of those places that you must visit to know the city of Brussels.
With the second round of beers, the evening begins to fall and the bar gets full of people looking to enjoy the first moments of the night in Brussels, a city where tradition and modernity intermingle as anywhere else. But this time, the joy of our friend Tatiana forces us to postpone the farewell. With our coats on, Delirium doors open again to the rhythm of the heartbeat of the Old Continent. The European night awaits ahead.