When I arrived there were a lot of people, of all nationalities
Apparently there are again guests in the most elegant hotel in Brussels the "Amigo", because of the terrorist attacks in March, the hotel and tourist industry had suffered a lot.
The beer museum was closed this day because it was "All Saint's day"
But on the whole place people walked around and took pictures The whole place had been recently renovated and the fresh gold painting glittered in the sunshine.
The Brasserie "Le cigne" (The Swan) was nearly full and people even sat outside on the terrace.
The statue of Everard t'Serclaes sculpted by artist Julien Dillens (1849–1904), had been painted completely into black very much to my surprise ! It is said among locals that the statue brings luck and grants the wishes of all who touch it. Therefore the black colour was gone because tourists touch (or rather rub) the statue, particularly the arm, because the legend says that rubbing the arm will ensure one's return to Brussels. Other parts are also touched frequently by the tourists such as the face of an angel, a dog, and one of the shields. This constant polishing kept the body shining compared to the rest of the sculpture, but now it had been repainted and they have to start all over again and rub !
The Wafel and chocolate shops were also very busy
and tourists loved to look at the Brussels' laces There are many shops around the Grand'Place.
and a big shop where you could find all kind of souvenirs !
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