observations on belgium
There are no hills in Belgium, the motorways are very smooth. the people in the holiday inn adjacent to the atomium are very miserable, this is not representative of all Belgians, or in fact all personel of the holiday inn empire, simply the belgian holiday inn representative in Brussels.
The Atomium is well worth a trip it looks small from a distance but gets much bigger as you get nearer, . It is really quite an exciting structure and I would love to have gone inside it. Here is some details of it.
The Atomium is a monument in Brussels, originally built for Expo ’58, the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. Designed by André Waterkeyn, it stands 102 meters (335 ft) tall. It has nine steel spheres connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times.Tubes connect the spheres along the 12 edges of the cube and all eight vertices to the center. They enclose escalators connecting the spheres containing exhibit halls and other public spaces. The top sphere provides a panoramic view of Brussels. Each sphere is 18 metres in diameter. Three spheres are currently (2008) closed to visitors, others can be reached easily by escalators. The vertical vertex contains a lift which was very fast and advanced at the time of building (the speed is 5 m/s).