After Paris I killed a few days in Belgium and Germany in the cities of Brussels and Cologne. I learned Belgium loves Tin tin and mom's homemade waffles are better than any produced in this country. Brussels showed me a breakdancing competition, a gritty church, and the emergence of the french fry vendor. I walked and walked and saw a style of city somewhere between the French and Italian streets and alleyways which was very pleasing to see after enjoying Florence and Paris so much. Street art here is always in the form of tags of these huge Tin tin detective scenes. Very interesting. I walked to the Atomium and still am not sure what it's all about. Regardless it was fun to try and find myself in the reflection and hangout by a water fountain for awhile.
Unfortunately I was only in Germany for a night between Brussels and the Netherlands. It was a short stay and a grey day but I did get to see a German Expressionist printmaker, Kathe Kollwitz's museum. Her work was hugely captivating to see the detail of line etching in person that she used for figure. Obviously needed a German meal and ended up somewhere Bill Clinton ate in 1999 while still president. This was apparently a large point of pride for the restaurant. The next day I was off to The Hague.
^ Kollwitz v
A whole bowl of red cabbage alongside the brautwurst XP