Unbeknownst to us, the May Day celebration apparently extended into a four day weekend. So not many of the tourist attractions were open. Not to be daunted, we made the best of the situation by wandering around to see what could be found. Amazingly, Lori and I discovered some pretty interesting sites, as attested to by the following pictures;
Manneken Pis is the quintessential symbol of Brussels. The original bronze statue was created in 1388 but was stolen many times. The current statue was cast in 1619. There are many legends attributed to the symbolism of Manneken Pis, the most popular, which was created at the time of the original casting, states that a little boy named Julianske urinated on a bomb fuse and saved the city. The statue is decorated with clothing several times per year.
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.