Photos of the Day – Brussels’ Giant Atom, Peeing Statues and more Christmas Market Madness


We took a break from the Christmas Market madness and the sweet smell of baking waffles to visit one of the more unusual attractions in the city, the very mod Atomium. More on this in a future post, but the Atomium was built for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair and represents a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Like I said, more on this later. The afternoon was spent looking for the strange statue for which Brussels is so well known, Mannequin Pis, before finally returning to the heart of the Winter Pleasures Festival for dinner, snacks and a lot of fun. The booths, the amusements and the general happy nature of the festival goers all made for a very special market experience.

Mannequin Pis

Winter Pleasures Festival

By: Matt Long

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5 thoughts on “Photos of the Day – Brussels’ Giant Atom, Peeing Statues and more Christmas Market Madness”

  1. Can’t believe the Manneken Pis was not in costume! I saw him about this exact time three years ago and he had his Santa suit on. I assume they still dress him in the different costumes throughout the year — he has something like 800 costumes, some are on display at the museum and I forget how many they put on him throughout the year. Ok, just went and looked..he will be dressed in his Santa suit on the 21st so you should go back! LOL

      1. I don’t remember whether she gets dressed up or not. She is right by the crazy bars we went to after wine with dinner so things were a little fuzzy by that time of night. LOL

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