A short walk from Grand Place, the Manneken Pis incites a varied set of reactions from locals and tourists alike, but one thing is certain; you can't deny that he is a symbol of the city. This little statue, a small boy gleefully taking a leak into a fountain, was first put into place in 1618, and has a storied past of kidnappings by Englishmen and Frenchmen alike. Today, it's become something of a sign of friendship for cities around the world to send an outfit for the Manneken—his wardrobe includes over 800 items. Love him or hate him, the Manneken Pis doesn't care, and his irreverent personality will keep on happily defiling Brussels for generations to come.
At the heart of Sablon, a neighborhood known for its antiques and chocolates, rests Notre-Dame du... Read more