Did you know that we have a forest here? A legit 11,000 acre forest in Brussels – the Sonian Forest. It’s like the ultimate park. So far, we’ve ventured to the edge to the public park, Bois de la Cambre, which butts right up to the edge of the city. On one side of the street you’ve got your typical 10-story buildings and then across – bam! Forest! It’s pretty cool, and we’re lucky to have this little (ok, pretty big) gem just down the street.
The Bois holds a lake with an island, called Robinson’s island, in the center. You can take the ferry to the island, where they have a restaurant and ballroom. Oh, and here’s the weird part (this may be a bit of a random thought right here since we’re talking about lakes and all but this is where we were standing when we noticed) ice cream trucks are all over the place. It’s something like 8 degrees Celsius (45ish Fahrenheit) and ice cream is selling like hot cakes (hehe).
Just North of the Bois de la Cambre lies the Abbaye de la Cambre. The monastery grounds house the abbey church for a catholic parish, an art school, and the headquarters for the Belgian National Geographic Institute. I spy J.