December 20, 2011

The Atomium at Brussels

Our day trip to Brussels, Belgium was short but surprisingly I felt we did a lot in that short span of time.

We took the 9am Thalys train from Paris. And by 10:30am we were already in Brussels! It was so fast! I love how the Europe train system is so efficient.

At the Brussels Midi Station, we bought a train card valid for one whole day use. We got a map of the city and their trains and immediately hopped on to the train going to Atomium. It took us about 20 minutes from Brussels Midi to Heysel station (Atomium).

Family picture at the Atomium
My family

Atomium in my hands
Atomium in my hands

Belgium Welcome
Belgium Welcome

At the Atomium
At the Atomium

Coin souvenir at the Atomium
EJ got a coin souvenir from Atomium

View at the Atomium
The view from Atomium

"A seminal totem in the Brussels skyline; neither tower, nor pyramid, a little bit cubic, a little bit spherical, half-way between sculpture and architecture, a relic of the past with a determinedly futuristic look, museum and exhibition centre; the Atomium is, at once, an object, a place, a space, a Utopia and the only symbol of its kind in the world, which eludes any kind of classification.

The Atomium was the main pavilion and icon of the World Fair of Brussels (1958), commonly called Expo 58. It symbolised the democratic will to maintain peace among all the nations, faith in progress, both technical and scientific and, finally, an optimistic vision of the future of a modern, new, super-technological world for a better life for mankind." Source: http://atomium.be/History.aspx