Brussels Old and New


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Published: May 4th 2018
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Beautiful floral displayBeautiful floral displayBeautiful floral display

Our captivating first sight of Brussels after getting off the train from Leuven.
Paula and Harry took us for a tour around Brussels. Paula had made up an itinerary which allowed us to walk to a good variety of sites without collapsing, and she built in a stop at the quint historic pub connected to the TOON marionette theatre where she introduced us to the local red beer. Later we walked across to the other side of the river to have dinner at a restaurant in a Project sponsored by the government. Their son-in-law Simon had initiated and developed a huge garden in the unused space between two long buildings, and Harry had helped get things going by reassembling a secondhand greenhouse for it. The garden now supplies fresh vegetables to both the restaurant and the Food Hub shop within the Project.


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Giant clock with emerging statuesGiant clock with emerging statues
Giant clock with emerging statues

At 3pm the bells played a lovely tune and the character next to the number 3 emerged.
The King's PalaceThe King's Palace
The King's Palace

Way back in 1967, a girl I was travelling with mistook this building for a museum. When she went to the front door a maid informed her that the King was not at home!! Nowadays there are armed guards out the front.
Les Galeries Royales Saint-HubertLes Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

Built 1847, 100 metres long and with a glass roof, said to be the oldest arcade in Europe.
With our hosts Paula and Harry With our hosts Paula and Harry
With our hosts Paula and Harry

Red beer at TOON cafe, the home of the famous marionette theatre.
Manneken Pis, the little boy having a pee, the symbol of BrusselsManneken Pis, the little boy having a pee, the symbol of Brussels
Manneken Pis, the little boy having a pee, the symbol of Brussels

A large crowd was gathered taking his photo.
A chocolate version of Manneken Pis, bigger than the original!A chocolate version of Manneken Pis, bigger than the original!
A chocolate version of Manneken Pis, bigger than the original!

The chocolatier and many Belgian waffle shops were in the immediate vicinity, filling the air with a warm sugary smell.
Manneken Pis at TOON TheatreManneken Pis at TOON Theatre
Manneken Pis at TOON Theatre

Here the famous fellow wears a checkered suit.
Central Market squareCentral Market square
Central Market square

The magnificent gilded buildings for the old trade guilds.
Central Market Square, another side of the quadrangle.Central Market Square, another side of the quadrangle.
Central Market Square, another side of the quadrangle.

Even more elaborately decorated buildings
Neptune?Neptune?
Neptune?

Courtyard statuary
The big newer greenhouseThe big newer greenhouse
The big newer greenhouse

Sprouting the spring vegetables for use in the Project's restaurant.
Making sustainable use of vacant space between two huge buildings.Making sustainable use of vacant space between two huge buildings.
Making sustainable use of vacant space between two huge buildings.

Transforming city space into food production.
Contented volunteersContented volunteers
Contented volunteers

The hens manufacturing fertilizer for the Project's gardens.


6th May 2018

The King's not home!
What a great story and, let's face it, it does look like a museum! I love the garden which makes use of the space. You look to be having a wonderful time. M xx

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