3-4 August 2003

Heat wave continuing! I arrived at the Gare Centrale (Centraal station) train station in the Brussels old town about noon. I walked to the tourist information office in the Grand Place and got a room booked at the nearby Novotel hotel. Air conditioning! After checking in, I hit the streets using extensively the guidebook, "Rick Steves' Amsterdam, Bruges and Brussels, 2003" by Rick Steves and Gene Openshaw (Avalon Travel). I found it to be very useful. I sampled a lot of beer and some chocolate during my walks. In the heat, the chocolate melted quickly on my fingers.