Ah, the Mannekin Pis.
This little peeing boy is proof that big icons do come in small packages.
Most women think he’s cute.
Their male companions usually can’t work out why.
Others are left unimpressed by the fact that they’ve trekked all the way to Brussels to see a pint size statue (the photos do make him look bigger than he really is!) or what amounts to just a gimmicky water fountain.
M. and I saw the Mannekin Pis twice in one weekend. The first time he was dressed in the costume of a Bolivian Diablada. (N.B. If you’re interested the Museum at the Grand Place has a permanent exhibition of all his costumes.)
So we went back the next day to catch him in his entire cheeky splendor.
We had just seen the Mannekin Pis, one of Europe’s most talked about statues.
How do you mark such an occasion?
While some people buy a chocolate statue of the little boy, M. and I bought a Mannekin Pis corkscrew for our friend, Walti.