Information in Brussels
Belgian chocolate is famous, and remarkably linked to Tourism.
I think that it in Brussels it is impossible to approach Manneken Pis without being compelled to enter one of the many shops that rival to make the most attractive presentation.
I didn’t make any kind of inquiry, and I don’t know the percentage of Belgians in the greedy clients, but… having such a delight by the door, who could resist?
Red Light area
Driving to Heysel park, we passed by Gare du Nord, and, by accident, found ourselves in the middle of “red light area”.
Suddenly, I remembered that I had been there in 1971, when I was a student and the travelling curiosities were… different.
Though not entering anywhere, the organized commercial structure of sex was astonishing to a youngster coming from the close and conservative dictatorship of Portugal.
This time, the surprise was to see them working in daylight, and to change the initial idea – I had in mind that the display showed mainly consumed and degraded women, and this time we were shocked by the youth of some of them, and the dominating elegance.
A curious place, but the evident vigilance of their… friends, recommends discretion and caution.