|The American Embassy in Brussels.|
Fun fact: The French Fry is actually a Belgian invention. Eating fries in Belgium is like eating pizza in Italy: Completely unlike what you find in the states, and incredibly delicious.
After the snack, we had lunch with a man named Marco, a convert from my mission who was all hospitality. He fed us lunch and showed us around his apartment, which he had being renovating for years.
After lunch we returned to the hotel for some well-deserved naps. We were on vacation, after all.
That evening took us to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, an enormous church built on an hill overlooking Brussels.
We walked about in the park beneath it, admiring it for awhile before turning our sights on the next Brussels attraction: The Atomium.
On my mission, I told Sarah that the Atomium was where the King of Belgium resided, ruling over his kingdom from the top ball of the atom. The true origin story is slightly less exciting.
It was built by André Waterkeyn for the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels. One of the original ideas for Expo '58 was to build an upside-down version of the Eiffel tower; however, Waterkeyn felt that an atomic structure would be more symbolic of the era. The monument was originally planned to remain standing only six months. However, it soon became a symbol not only of the World's Fair, but of modern architecture and Brussels. The monument stayed the same for almost 50 years. The structure is now one of the Brussels main attractions.