Christmas market

Opened not even a week ago I decided to go for a little stroll this afternoon along the Brussels Christmas market (marché de Noel).For those of you who might be interested it’s opened until the 1st of January this year.

My first stop at the Grand place of Brussels which is for those of you who never been here the center of the town.

Thats once again quite a Christmas tree they managed to get this year

The town hall has also been decorated with its very own blue Christmas lights

Nativity scene

Wow the baby Jesus made it early this year 😉

Leaving the Grand Place and going along the Stock exchange is where the market starts here at a hot chocolate stand

wooden toys

This one specializing in all types of dry sausages

Toy figurines

Pancakes anyone?

Belgian waffles or pies sold here

Warm spiced wine (glühwein) served with tartiflette savoyarde which is French specialty dish made of pork meat, potatoes & cheese

Now at St. Catherine square the Christmas market continues where this years guest host the Reunion Island is featured

Here is where the main portion of the Christmas market is at the ‘marché au poissons’ or old fish market

Famous soap products from the Southern region of France and the city of Marseille

Russian arts and crafts

Another sausage vendors

Carousel with a view of the ferris wheel in the back

ice rink where one can rent his skates

Lamps made out of Salt sold here

it’s a pretty long Christmas market at this location as it goes on both sides of the old fish market

The ferris wheel from closer up

Various kinds of Foie gras sold here which is made of duck liver

View of the other side of the marché au poissons

One side church of St. Catherine seen from the Christmas market

More for the dry sausage lovers

Here you can see if you zoom in of what the tartiflette is actually made of since a big batch is being cooked and tasted by the Chef 🙂

Here is the forty meter long ice monster for kids

Georges-Henri park

Here are some pictures of the Georges-Henri park located in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert of Brussels, it has some very odd feature of being an old cemetery where tombstones have been used has pavement to create walkways.

Entrance of the empty park on a cold December day

Entrance of the empty park on a cold December day

let’s chose to go down this road

The Ravensbrück Monument:

The Ravensbrück Monument:

The Ravensbrück Monument (Thérèse Chotteau, 2000). This monument, dedicated to two women members of the resistance and to their children who died in German camps during World War II. The monument depicts a woman standing on muddy ground, with her head thrown back and her body erect, Defying oppression. Her arm is Draped around a child huddled up against her. He represents both the painful memory of loss that is forever remembered and the struggle to safeguard children, hope and the future. On the lecturn, located to the right of the monument, is a passage from a letter written by Marguerite Bervoets, a young poet and teacher who was decapitated on August 8, 1944 in Wolfenbuttel. A bed of roses, symbol of the association of former political prisoners and survivors of the Ravensbrück camp, has been planted to the left of the monument.

Notice the paved road…

Give it a closer look, there is something weird with the pavement…

Anyone starting to have an idea of what it’s made of now ?

Yes tombstones!

It is actually an old recycled cemetery where everything was used in the process of giving it a new vocation as a park. A good reminder that our brief passage on this earth will be totally forgotten from anyone’s memory less than 100 years from now. Be sure to enjoy the short time you have among the living 🙂

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Living in Brussels now for now close to fifteen years I have grown to love the city and its many aspects. It’s in 2001 when I purchased my first digital camera (Canon Ixus 2.1MP) that I found a new passion for photography that I wanted to share with others.

After thousands of pictures taken in and around the city I finally decided to open my website dedicated to anyone from tourists that wish to know more about the major attractions of the city to the long time resident that wants to rediscover Brussels and some of its lesser known treasures.

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