When I was 14 my parents moved from Bonn (Germany) to Brussels and I lived there until I was 33 was married and we moved to Waterloo, which is only 15 km (9 miles) from Brussels. I also have worked there my whole life until I retired.
Of course I go from time to time for a walk or shopping to Brussels. It's a very nice city,
old shopping Galeries
a lot of historical churches
my favourite place for a drink or a tea
and the little streets around the Grand'Place where
one restaurant is besides the other ! There is a lot of choice !