We have heard a few times about the statue of the urinating boy somewhere in Brussels. But it wasn’t on our list of must see attractions, and none of the several people who offered us assistance the last two days mentioned it.
But late today, we came upon a crowd near famous Grand Place, and there it was with perfectly functioning plumbing. The nearby chocolate shop featured their full size version in dark chocolate in the front window. And across the street, the Belgian waffle shop that offered about 30 different toppings for their waffles, had a giant blow-up doll of the boy on the back wall.
The first statue was created in the early 1600’s, but it has been stolen so many times, the original sits in a nearby museum.
There are many legends about the inspiration behind the statue. Some say that’s how a little boy put out a fire that saved the city. The most popular legend is that a wealthy merchant lost his son, started a search party, and they found the boy urinating in a garden. The merchant built the fountain to thank the locals for helping in the search.