Subject: Re: Brussels
Here's my vote for a Brussels visit too. We've been several times. often using Brussels as a base and spending time in Antwerp or Ghent. The train station is so convenient to the historic center which makes travel very easy.

> The Grand Place was as lovely as ever.. I particularly remember
> walking around the square at about 6:00am one morning
> after the night train from Berlin arrived, and there
> was *nobody* about - a true rarity for the Grand
> Place!

Will's comment above reminded me of our very first visit. It was a Valentine's weekend, and our flight, too, arrived very early. We trained into town from the airport and walked the short distance from the station to the Grand Place, which was deserted and quiet. It was a fun way to see it the first time, and we have since seen it at night with the Son et Lumiere show that another Ziner described, filled with wedding parties, flower stalls, and carriages during the day, and have taken shelter under the porticoes during a summer squall.

Our favorite chocolate shop, Galler, is just off the Grand Place on Rue de Beurre. Their fresh cream filled chocolates (try orange or coffee) are a sweet memory.

For some of the best seafood you'll ever taste, try Le Vistro. Their all lobster extravaganza is superb, and the lotte (Monkfish) in a citrus honey sauce is so good that we've gone back just for that! It's in the picturesque St. Catherine's area, on a brick plaza that is surrounded with seafood restaurants.

Anne in VA