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Phespirit goes to Belgium
Brussels     February 2001

Returning from Amsterdam by train, Phespirit rolled into Brussels Midi station and found himself with a couple of hours to kill before boarding his connection to London Waterloo. Despite wanting for a street plan he strode manfully into the labyrinth of the capital hoping, if nothing else, at least to stumble upon the famous town hall square.

A map posted outside the station set Phespirit in the right general direction, albeit on a circuitous route to ultimately arrive at the 'Grand Place'. On the way he browsed around the flea market at the Place Du Jeu De Balle, he silently stalked through the Eglise Notre-Dame Du Sablon, he poked his head through the door of the Musees D'Art Ancien Et Moderne, and he crunched a path through the skeletal gardens of the Palais Des Congres.

Meandering along, Phespirit concluded that Brussels enjoys a far greater wealth of museums, cultural centres and magnificent architecture than its Dutch counterpart. The Grand Place provides the icing on the cake, spread richly and liberally over its buildings in an extravaganza of baroque intricacy. Without doubt this is the most glorious square Phespirit that has circled.

With time a-pressing, Phespirit began his retreat to Midi by way of the Eglise De La Madeleine and the vast Palais De Justice. As Phespirit spent the last of his cash on Belgium chocolates he resolved that one day he would return to this place and give it the full time and attention it deserves.

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