Brussels (Brussel or Bruxelles) takes most people by surprise. The city's name is so closely associated with the modern trappings
of the European Union (E.U.) that for many it is synonymous with modern high-rise buildings and the world of suited bureaucrats.
The real Brussels has a far more colorful and resonant life. It is an exciting, modern city, yet rich in beautiful medieval
and art nouveau buildings, outstanding museums and galleries, and a cultural life vibrantly international in character.