Sunday, September 30, 2007

Nuit Blanche

Every year Brussels organizes the Nuit Blanche (the white nights). The city comes to life at night. This year's theme was the 7 sins. A fun event, which kept us up till 5:00am. Probably a little too old for that :) but a lot of fun.

Here the Grand Place invaded by green light.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Galerie de la Reine

The Queens gallery.

Friday, September 28, 2007

The Elevator

The Brussels elevator: getting you from upper Brussels, to lower Brussels.

Thursday, September 27, 2007


a l'habitat pour tous. The right for living (having a home).

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Only the back.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Monday, September 24, 2007

4 - 3 - 2

National pride.

Sunday, September 23, 2007


A graffiti artist which is currently making waves in Brussels: Bonom. I recently came across this 'baby' graffiti, easily missed if you don't look up. More Bonom.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

L'art prend le metro - Le Tropolitain

Another tube station, recently discovered. I doubt I have ever been to this one before. The Gribaumont station shows the art of Roger Nellens (b. 1937), an artist fascinated with futuristic machines. This 14m long art work shows three machines, which in reality would never work (the assembly doesn't make mechanical sense) but as an art work convince you of the beauty of the Tropolitain. The artist is known to have said 'the metro - adventure - creativity'. Le Tropolitain.

Previously in the series of l'art prend le metro:
Eddy Merckx tube station.
Coovi tube station.
Heysel tube station.
Parvis de Saint Gilles tube station.
Horta tube station. More Horta.
Porte de Hall tube station.
Albert tube station.
Montgomery tube station. More Montgomery.
Louisa tube station. More Louisa.
Bourse tube station. More Bourse.
Malbeek tube stattion.
Merode tube station.
Parc tube station.

Friday, September 21, 2007


Thursday, September 20, 2007

Palace of Justice

The sunny side (?) of the Palace of Justice.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Belgian Lace

In action so to speak. Traditioanl Belgian lace was (is) handmade, and here a small demonstration on how it is being produced. Specifically, how the lace is made in Brugge.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Rue Haute 207

An antic/ boutique shop which caught my eye. A beautiful building I find.

Monday, September 17, 2007

La Santina

Some music to start the week. The folkloric band of Asturias.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Les Geants

As promised, the giants. Well, some of them. More, if you are interested in the story behind the Marolles festivities.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Fetes de Brueghel

Last Friday, I promised you more photos from the Marolles area. It so happens that last weekend saw a double celebration: the Fete des Geants (the Giants Fair) and the Festival de la Praline (the Praline Festival).

What does this mean? That we saw a lot of giants and ate a lot of chocolate. No photos of the chocolate as such, but stay tuned for some giants.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Fountain Detail

I found this very pretty and tranquil.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Pont Sainctelette

Did you know Brussels has a canal? Well, it does. Not that it actually tries to make the most of it. Which I find a pity, as the area around the canal could really benefit from a little revival.

This particular statue is at the end of the Pont Sainctelette crossing the canal. Built by Ernest Wijnants (1878-1964), in a somewhat byzantine style.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


I promised you a walk in the park. Venus. Yes, the planet. And a very interesting Belgian project we discovered: Space for Muco. A tour of the solar system.

Belgian artists got together and recreated the solar system, on a scale of 1/40,000,000. 9 different Belgian cities have now one more more planets. We came across Venus, but I very much look forward discovering the others as well.

Who knew Brussels (Belgium) holds such interesting artistic secrets?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Etangs du Leybeek

Another undiscovered part of Brussels: the lakes of Leybeek. Look out for tomorrow's post, a discovery inside the park.

Monday, September 10, 2007


An old and out of use gymnse (school) in Watermael Boitsfort.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Down Town

Down town restaurant.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Posh WC

No comment.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Bruegel and the Marolles

Coming soon ... more on the Marolles.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Blue Detail

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Man Walking

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Brussel - Paris

Paris - Brussels; A lot of work! Oh and this is dinner on the Thalys.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Sunday, September 02, 2007

The Whirling Ear

A 6.50m high whirling ear executed by Alxander Calder in 1958. Why? Well initially it was built for the USA pavilion for the world exhibition. Then it stayed in Belgium. Then the USA gave it as a gift to Belgium. Then it was restored. And in 2000 it found its place in the Mont des Arts just on the hill towards Grand Place.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Tryphon Tournesal

Having missed the theme day here a belated street sign: a whole new approach to down town Brussels. Original street names (like Rue Charles Buls) are given cartoon related names (like Tryphon Tournesol).

A street quest worth the detour.