Archive for January, 2008

Mime in a trench coat

Posted 31 January 2008 | By | Categories: mime | No Comments

Mime Artist in a trench coat, all dressed of grey posing on the left side of the main entrance to the Galeries royales Saint-Hubert.  

Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Secours

Posted 30 January 2008 | By | Categories: Churches | No Comments

Église Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Secours, or in English the church of Our Lady of Assistance is located at Rue du Marché au Charbon. Originally a modest 12th century chapel that became too small for the growing Parish the architects Pierre-Paul Merckx and Jean Corvrindt demolished the surrounding walls and built in 1669 the church we know of today. […]

Queen Elisabeth statue

Posted 29 January 2008 | By | Categories: statue | No Comments

Queen Elisabeth of Belgium statue, born Elisabeth of Bavaria. Her ascension from Duchess to Queen came in 1900 when she married Prince Albert who later became King of Belgium and reigned from 1909 to 1934. She became popular among the Belgians during WWI for her visits on the front lines to wounded soldiers and being […]

Chapelle de la Madeleine

Posted 28 January 2008 | By | Categories: Churches | 2 Comments

Chapelle de la Madeleine or in English The Church of St. Mary Magdalene is one of the oldest churches in Brussels, having been established by the Brothers of Mercy in the 13th century. Excavations carried out when the church was last restored (1956-1958) revealed sub-foundation walls, thereby proving the existence of a much older sanctuary […]

Eglise Notre-Dame de la Chapelle

Posted 27 January 2008 | By | Categories: Churches | No Comments

The building of this impressive Notre-Dame-de-la-Chapelle Church shows well the transition between its original Romanesque to later Gothic launched in 1210 that was eventually completed during the 13th century. This church suffered all through history’s turmoil: transformations, a bombardment, fire, pillage, and multiple reconstructions dating from 15th century, as well as many long and meticulous […]

Belgian waffles

Posted 26 January 2008 | By | Categories: Belgian specialties | 9 Comments

One of the many Belgian waffles shops in Brussels. Here located on rue de l’Étuve a few steps from the famous Manneken Pis statue. Recipe is below.   Attractive display of Belgian waffles with various toppings The girl on the left is cooking a fresh batch using wafer irons The one on the right now […]

Broussaille mural

Posted 25 January 2008 | By | Categories: urban art | No Comments

The Broussaille mural can be found at 41 Rue du Marché au Charbon beside the Plattesteen café. A homage to the work of Frank Pé known for his Zoo and Broussaille comic strip albums. This street is also a very lively area of Brussels at night recommended for its cafés and bars all along it. […]

Ric Hochet mural

Posted 24 January 2008 | By | Categories: urban art | No Comments

This Ric Hochet comic stip mural is found at 9 Rue du bon Secours in Brussels. Its a homage to the work of Gilbert Gascard known under the pseudonym of Tibet who published with André-Paul Duchâteau 80 Ric Hochet albums since 1963.

Cirio Cafe

Posted 23 January 2008 | By | Categories: bars and cafés | 1 Comment

The Cirio Café is quite an institution in Brussels. Opened in 1886 it kept all the glory of its original Art Nouveau decor and as you enter the feeling of a place frozen in time is what first comes to mind. I doubt little has really changed since its opening. Sure worth a visit if […]

Charles Karel Buls fountain

Posted 22 January 2008 | By | Categories: statue | 2 Comments

The Charles Karel Buls statue is found at the Agora Square right next to the rue du marché aux herbes. It’s a memorial in the honor of Charles Buls who was mayor of Brussels from 1881 until 1899. He is remembered most of all today for his fight to vote laws to preserve and fund […]

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