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Brussels, Belgium

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Savour Belgium’s famous french fries and mussels in a traditional restaurant on a quite side street in the heart of Brussels, wash down the meal with a famed Belgian beer, and save room for waffles drizzled with chocolate for dessert. A lunch blending French cuisine with Flemish fare that typifies the atmosphere of cultural fusion in the city which, since it began hosting the European Parliament, has only grown more multiculturaly diverse. The city teems with variety: in the cuisine, the background of the citizens, and most dramatically, the architecture – which spans from the medieval Grand Place to a funky space age structure called the Atomium built in the 1950’s.

A walk amongst the city streets reveals modernist or surrealist art painted onto walls and metro stations, free for the viewing, along with the Flemish architecture of the houses and Art Nouveau buildings of the city centre. Slip inside the Royal Museums of Fine Arts or the Museum of Modern Art to see an even wider range of Belgian art and spend an evening at the La Monnaie Theatre and opera house to get a taste of Belgian theatre.

The EU Parliament lends a reputation for bureaucracy, but Brussels has a mix of multicultural awareness and demands which gives this city of order and organisation a far wider range of flavours.

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The Brussels Greeters

Come and experience the real Brussels!

Brussels Greeters invites you to come and discover the city through the eyes of a local resident. Greeters are volunteers who love Brussels and want to share their passion and knowledge with visitors.

A meeting with a Brussels Greeter is a free of charge opportunity to get a unique and personal insight into the city. Your Greeter will take you to unusual and often hidden places that are off the tourist trail. Experience Brussels unique atmosphere through visiting your Greeter’s favourite streets, parks, bars and many more places.

Do you want to give it a try? Go to www.brussels.greeters.be. Fill in the form indicating your interests, availability and contact details while in Brussels. The Brussels Greeters Network will then match you with a local person who will get in contact so you can create your program together.

A Greeter is a resident volunteer who is passionate about his city, open to accommodate and willing to share his favourite spots (bars, parks, quarters...) with visitors. Together Brussels Greeters speak more than 11 languages, have a wide range of interests, age from 20 to 75 and most of all are enthusiastic to welcome tourists!

Greeters are not tour guides and do not give city or museum tours.

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Hi Julie, If you want to write a longer article about being a greeter then let us know and we'd be happy to feature it somewhere more prominent on the site.

Wow, Julie, this sounds like an amazing opportunity to see the real Brussels!

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