Our next stop was Brussels, Belgium. We went inside the engineering marvel The Atomium. This unusual structure contains the fastest elevator in Europe, traveling at a rate of 5 meters per second. The highest ball has large glass windows you can look out and see the city. Not quite as fabulous as the Sears Tower (I refuse to call it Willis) but still pretty cool.
|Mini Europe, our next stop|
Across the street was the Mini Europe, lifelike replicas representing each country in the EU. The boys loved the train that went around and the replicas were pretty impressive. If you want to see Europe in a day, you better go soon, they’re trying to close the place down…
It was fun but we were more than ready to leave the city and head back into the country. The site of the battle of Waterloo was just around the corner. Unfortunately Grant had had enough of traveling and ended up with his lunch all over his shirt during that thirty minute drive. Yuck. The monument is quite impressive, it’s a massive hill built with ground from the actual battle site. The boys climbed all these steps to the top.
Our last stop was in Bastogne to see the monuments for the battle of Bastogne. Right in the middle of the city is this American tank.
Even more impressive is this massive monument to the American soldiers who fought for Belgium in WWII.