This is the third time. I have been to Brussels in 2003, 2011 and now 2012. The top of the charts is 2003 visit as this was with my wife. It was just after our wedding. 2011 trip was born out of boredom. I had nothing much to do and hence did a 3 city tour of Belgium. I visited the comic strip museum at Brussels and did a lot of walking around the city. So when my friends suggested Brussels, I wasn't very keen. Of course, there is mussels and the pissing boy. The former is fun while the second is a major disappointment. Ask anyone who has been in this city. They would agree.
All said and done, Brussels is a cheap and quiet city. This is evident from the reaction of a local when my friend said he was visiting from USA. The local exclaimed, "If you are on vacation, then what are you doing here? You should be in Amsterdam". This sentence alone sums up what to expect in this city. What happened in the city can easily guessed by the pictures below. The pace is so slow that everyone develops an easygoing attitude. We were served a Coca-Cola in a plastic cup in one of the posh bars and also taken for a city tour in a taxi when we asked to drop us a few blocks away. We chose a restaurant for dinner where the warm welcome was not matched by the efficiency of service. Despite all this, we had fun just walking around the city.
We didn't do anything spectacular in the city. Yet, it was a welcome break from the hectic trip so far. Coming back to my question, there is nothing much to do in Brussels. But if you want to slow down the pace, this is the best place as there is nothing much happening in this place!