Well I made it to Brussels and have settled in. Play has begun and matches are going well. We are staying at the Royal Windsor Hotel right downtown and the city is amazing. Right out our back door are numerous restaurants and bars so of course I had to try the large variety of beer that Belgium is famous for. I think we are going for another famous dish here called Moules and Frites (Mussels and chips) tonight for dinner since there are no night matches here.
For some of the history of Belgium, click HERE.
Another interesting bit of history is the story of a famous statue of a little boy peeing into a fountain. There are several legends behind this statue, but the most famous is the one about Duke Godfrey III of Leuven. In 1142, the troops of this two-year-old lord were battling against the troops of the Berthouts, the lords of Grimbergen, in Ransbeke (now Neder-over-Heembeek). The troops put the infant lord in a basket and hung the basket in a tree to encourage them. From there, the boy urinated on the troops of the Berthouts, who eventually lost the battle.
Check out the full story …Manneken Pis
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