When in Brussels, have waffles!
Following the directions to go from the Grand-Place to the famous Manneken Pis, we stumbled upon The Waffle Factory, at Stoof Straat, and I could not resist all the yummy options… so we ordered our waffles and sat down to enjoy it. The staff is a role model for excellent customer service. All smiles and great attitude – even if they couldn’t speak English or we couldn’t speak French!
Once we were done with the waffles, we left The Waffle Factory and saw a figurine/toy store across the street, right below the street sign, and my daughter wanted to check it out, so we went. We were asking for details and prices in French to the owner of the tiny store (it was really tiny) and she wasn’t very amused to talk to us since she was having a far more interesting conversation on the phone.
Even though we were not being treated the way we should have been, we all liked the stuff they were selling, so each one of us (we were 5 at the store) wanted to buy something different. As we are picking up the figurines, my daughter showed me one that she wanted; it was at the very bottom of a pile and I told her I would pick it up for her. As I kneel down to get the set she wanted, all boxed fall in a domino effect. Luckily nothing was breakable, so I started to pile them up as they were before. The lady hangs up the phone in a rage and looks at us and screams “go!”, pointing to the door. She wouldn’t let me re-organize the toys and after that my daughter was so scared that she gave up on even considering passing by that store. Too bad for the lady, she lost a good amount of money from 5 people interested in buying her products.
All drama aside, we head down the Stoof Straat towards the Manneken Pis.
A few chocolate shops later, look who we found:
He really is tiny, but very cute. From there we went looking for his sister, Jeanneke Pis. She is in a less glamorous place, in an alley to be exact and behind this “gate”:
Just like her brother, she is very tiny, and to get there from the sight where the Manneken Pis is feels like you’re going through a maze. But it is fun and worth it in my opinion.
And in this relaxed pace we had a lot of fun in Brussels. Even after getting kicked out of the toy store! 🙂