• Posted:Friday, July 17, 2009
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Fancy some mussels in Brussels
When thinking of an exciting foreign city in which to spend a few days, Brussels may not immediately spring to mind. Belgium is unlikely to be top of the wish list for many people heading to Europe and it doesn't boast the same tourist appeal as Paris or Berlin, for example.

But Jessica Letchford of the Canadian Press has highlighted some of the attractions of the city, suggesting that it can be a great option for travellers on a budget - despite impressions you may have that it's an expensive dwelling place for bureaucrats.

Hostels in Brussels were emphasised as an ideal choice of accommodation, with prices for lodging near the city centre beginning at around €16 (£13.80). They would certainly be my recommendation too, as the experience of staying in hostels is one not to be missed. Indeed, this was a point recently made by Anthony Valentino of Examiner.com, who said that hostels are generally much more authentic than hotels.

If you're also sightseeing on a budget, you definitely want to check out the Grand-Place. This historic square in the centre of the city is famous for its architecture and is lit up every night. In addition, Ms Letchford noted that a carpet of flowers lines the square for three days every other year, with the next being laid in August of next year.

Personally, I like to check out the local cuisine whenever I travel and the advice for those heading to Brussels was to sample waffles and French fries. You may also want to indulge in some mussels, but be warned that they can cost around €20 for a plate.

Sam Buckley
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