|Parc du Cinquantenaire|
Next day we began walking through the Parc du Cinquantenaire with the huge impressive triumphal arch which remind on Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. As part of this large complex there are two large exhibition spaces. We were interested in Auto-world with a collection of old automobile. A large space filled with old-timers from the beginnings up to recent times. Two, three hours of walking through the, not so distant past, let your imagination run and let it take you to another time. Passing by the exhibits listen very carefully because each and every one of those cats has its own story which you will definately hear!
After the exibition we went to the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate. Immediately after entering the museum-workshop followed a tasting of chocolate, and then kind a gentleman demonstrated us the art of making Chocolate Praline for which Belgium is famous around the globe. During our big walk around the entire building we learned in short about origins of chocolate. Delicious experience!
After a chocolate treat followed the Museum des Instruments de Musique. Located near the Grand place easily accessible on foot.
When we entered we didn't really know what awaits us. I must admit that it was a first time I was in such a museum (exhibits include only instruments). At the entrance we got the headphones as a guide through the museum.
On the floor in front there is one point you have to step on and it turns on the headset and you can hear sounds of the instruments. Next three floors also offered sounds of instruments coming from all parts of our beloved planet.
The visit to this museum is a must for two reasons. First of all, the museum is situated in the beautiful Art Nouveau and secondly, one can see here the history of a very typical art form in Belgium: the comic strip.
One can also learn everything about the birth and the development of a comic strip album. The museum also has a nice shop with albums and gadgets of the different Belgian comic strip heroes.