If you need a relaxing break from a hard day's touristing, head to the gorgeously forested Bois de la Cambre. Numerous trails crisscross the 300-acre park, and visitors can even take a little ferry to the island on the lake. Those who prefer terra firma might enjoy wandering the paths, admiring the sculptures, or reading a book in the shade. The park comes with a bit of history, too. One part of the Bois de la Cambre got its goofy nickname, "la Pelouse des Anglais" ("The Englishmen's Lawn"), when British soldiers decided to play cricket there before the Battle of Waterloo. Even then, the park seems to have been the calm amid the storm.
*Take a bike or some roller blades on Saturdays and Sundays when the major roads in the park are closed to motor vehicles.
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