Trip To Belgium


The Atomium an iconic building in Brussels originally constructed for Expo '58, the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn with interiors by architects André and Jean Polak, it stands 102 m (335 ft) tall. Its nine 18 m (59 ft) diameter stainless steel clad spheres are connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times.

Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula

  • Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula is a Roman Catholic church at the Treurenberg Hill in Brussels, Belgium. It serves as the co-cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels.In 1047, Lambert II, Count of Leuven founded a chapter in this church and organized the transportation of the relics of Saint Gudula, housed before then in Saint Gaugericus Church on Saint-Géry Island. The patron saints of the church, archangel St. Michael and the martyr St. Gudula, are also the patron saints of the city of Brussels. In the thirteenth century, the cathedral was renovated in the Gothic style. The choir was constructed between 1226 and 1276. The façade was completed in the mid-fifteenth century. The south tower contains a 49-bell carillon by the Royal Eijsbouts bell foundry on which Sunday concerts are often given. The dimensions of the building are: overall length 114 metres (374 ft), implementedlength 109 metres (358 ft), exterior width at the choir 57 metres (187 ft), interior width 54 metres (177 ft), height of towers 64 metres (210 ft).It serves as the co-cathedral of the Archbishop of Mechlin-Brussels, the Primate of Belgium, currently Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard[1]. It is located in the national capital and therefore often used for Catholic ceremonies of national interest, such as royal marriages and state funerals.

Parc du Cinquantenaire

Parc du Cinquantenaire (French for "Park of the Fiftieth Anniversary") or Jubelpark (Dutch for "Jubilee Park")is a large public, urban park (30 hectares) in the easternmost part of the European Quarter in Brussels, Belgium. Most buildings of the U-shaped complex which dominate the park were commissioned by the Belgian government under the patrondom of King Leopold II for the 1880 National Exhibition commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Belgian independence, and successive exhibitions which place in the same area, replacing previous constructions . The present centrepiece triumphal arch was erected in 1905 replacing a previous temporary version of the arcade by Gédéon Bordiau. The structures were built in iron, glass and stone, symbolising the economic and industrial performance of Belgium. The surrounding 30 hectare park esplanade was full of picturesque gardens, ponds and waterfalls. It housed several trade fairs, exhibitions and festivals at the beginning of the century. This settled however in 1930 when it was decided that Cinquantenaire would become a leisure park.

Flight and Hotel Arrangments

The flight on Delta Airlines is at 10:52 A.M. from SYR to JFK, the then flight from JFK to Brussels departes at 7:25 PM and touches down at 9:15 A.M. This flight costs 1,288$ both ways. I will be staying at Le Meridien Brussels, the 2013 Travelers Choice Award Winner for Luxury, located at Carrefour de l'Europe 3 | Brussels, Brussels 1000, Belgium for 7 nights. At 275$ a night for 5 nights room will cost 1375$ leaving 987$ dollars to spend.