Hafiz & Elmy Nahida

By: Hafiz Elmy

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Thursday, 22-Jun-2006 12:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
Brussels...the heart of Europe

went to Brussels for a day trip. actually the main purpose is to apply Visa at Slovak Embassy. why should i go to Slovakia? the reason is we will have case study in Nitra, Slovakia for two weeks. starting from September 2, until September 14. the sad story is, becoz it is a comprehensive program, spouse is not allow to go....
saw from internet that we (Malaysia) have the agreement with them. so no need to apply Visa. sent them an email before, asking them about the recent condition. the officer replied that i need to come with several documents and photo for the VISA. so all of us (my colleagues) decided to go together on thursday with Evert our secretariat.
took about 2 hours in the embassy and then went to Brussels Central for lunch. In Brussels, there are a lot of Muslims and Halal foods. Don't worry about where to pray and to eat. about 350 mosques located around Brussels (told by the local people) . but, don't expect that we will see same kind of mosque like in Malaysia. sometime we cannot differentiate between a mosque and a house.
too much talking....maklumla baru abis peksa masa edit nih...and baru jer dapat balik duit from Slovak Embassy becoz they made a mistake. actually we as Malaysian, no need to apply Visa to enter Slovakia. how lucky to be a Malaysian....

Grand Place
The Grand Place, with its ornate baroque and gothic guild houses, is usually the first port of call for most visitors to Brussels and one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Built as a merchants market in the 13th century, it serves as the center of the city and is a great place to experience Belgian hospitality at one of the many terrace cafes dotting the charming square. It also serves as a venue for numerous concerts and events throughout the year and during the warmer months is adorned by a vibrant, daily flower market.

Manneken Pis
This famous statue of a little boy peeing in a fountain is a perfect representative of the irreverent Belgian humor. The unique Brussels icon has been amusing visitors on the corner of Rue de L’Etuve & Stroofstraat since 1619. Over time it has become a tradition for visiting heads of state to donate miniature versions of their national costume for the little naked boy. The wardrobe of Mannekin Pis can be seen at the Brussels museum and includes over 760 outfits – even an authentic Elvis jumpsuit.

Galeries St Hubert
This gorgeous, glass roofed arcade in the center of town, lined with cafes, theaters and luxury stores has the distinction of being the first shopping arcade in Europe. Built in 1847 and recently renovated, the Royal Galleries (Galerie de la Reine, du Roi and du Prince) are one of the most astonishing places to visit in Brussels.

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