Archive for March, 2008

Belgian chocolate

Posted 30 March 2008 | By | Categories: Belgian specialties | 15 Comments

La Belgique Gourmande located on rue de la Colline (the street leading to the Grand place) is just one of the two thousands stores in the country selling chocolate. Wherever you may be in Brussels or Belgium you can be certain never to be far from one. Export numbers for these much in demand truffles […]

Art nouveau 8 Rue Faider

Posted 19 March 2008 | By | Categories: Art Nouveau | No Comments

Located at 8 Rue Faider, 1050 Brussels is this Art Nouveau style privately owned house that was built for a photographer by Architect Albert Roosenboom (1871-1941) in 1900.  The artist let his imagination run free with the flamboyant facade with its ironwork ornament balcony and Sgraffito of a languishing women surrounding the top window. Student […]

A la Bécasse café

Posted 09 March 2008 | By | Categories: bars and cafés | 3 Comments

la Bécasse which first opened in 1877 is another typical cosy old style tavern of Brussels with its interior gorgeously all made out of wood. Once seated friendly waiters dressed in their traditional monastic style costume made of black and white will promptly bring you the impressive beer menu. They are renowned for their Lambic […]

Mitraillette hamburger frites

Posted 07 March 2008 | By | Categories: Belgian specialties | 3 Comments

The Mitraillette is a typical Belgian fast food snack that is serve in just about anyone of the small fries vending shops or restaurant commonly called friterie in French or Fritkot in Dutch. It’s composed of half a baguette with inside some form of meat (there are countless variations such as sausages, pita, fish, chicken,..) […]

La Cure Gourmande

Posted 07 March 2008 | By | Categories: Stores | 10 Comments

La cure gourmande is candy store where they sell a wide variety of home made sweets. First opened in 1989 their initial idea was to reintroduce the good old ancient traditional products that were popular a hundred or so years ago. They have since branched out around 25 stores around France and Belgium and now […]

Fountain tour du midi

Posted 05 March 2008 | By | Categories: urban art | 1 Comment

The Tour du Midi fountain is located on Avenue Paul Henri Spaak just at the base of this impressive building. I haven’t been able to find any information about this fountain. If anyone does know something please do leave a comment I’ll be glad to add it with the proper credits.

Roi d’Espagne dome and statues

Posted 04 March 2008 | By | Categories: grand place | No Comments

Here are some details of the statues on the roof and dome of the Roi d’Espagne café in the Grand Place of Brussels. Location is hard to miss since it’s right in the historical center of the city.   The statue on top of the dome is a gilded weather vane representing Fame Being originally […]

Bob et Bobette mural

Posted 03 March 2008 | By | Categories: urban art | No Comments

The Spike and Suzy mural (known from it’s original Flemish version as Suske en Wiske or Bob et Bobette in French) can be found at the corner of rue du Canal and rue de Laeken. This comic strip created by Willy Vandersteen (1913-1990) became popular just after World War II when it started to be […]

Gare Schaerbeek

Posted 02 March 2008 | By | Categories: train station | No Comments

The Schaarbeek train station is a splendid work of architecture that was built in a Flemish Neo-Renaissance style between 1864 and 1913. Once an important international railway station it now serves but a few small regional routes and gives basic service for commuters during peak hours for getting in and out of Brussels. The access […]

Maison de la Bellone

Posted 01 March 2008 | By | Categories: Architecture | No Comments

The prestigious Maison de la Bellone or “la maison de derrière” as they used call it in Brussels (translated into the “house at the back”) cannot be seen from the street. It can be found in a inner courtyard located at 46 rue de Flandre where it’s protected from the elements under a glass roofing. […]

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