The beautiful Town Hall
I guess with the park with fountain, the serriste house(s) and the raisins, the municipality hall is one of Hoeillart's landmarks.
The town hall is in fact a castle. Hoeilaart commune (municipality) is reported to have bought it from the "de Laage de La Rocheterie” family in 1917. The current castle was built in 1858 after then owners had the old one torn down. Some gothic style according to architect Jozef Claes plans.
The castle is now the Municipality Hall. You can visit it but have to arrange the appointment.
Have a look at below travelogue to see some pics of it. The quaint municipality hall
The "wood" (le bois d'Hoeilaart)
The town of Hoeilaart is edged by Hoeilaart woods. It has some cycling paths in it, that makes it safe for both cyclers and walkers/joggers.
For more pictures, check my travelogue. The mist whilst walking there.
It was not that sunny, but sticky hot. Still, we wanted to walk and I, make some pics. No clue, bring bottles of water and walk, or cycle or ride that hourse.
Horse riding (club)
Will look for the name of the club and report here... Anyways, while walking in the Hoeilaert woods (portion of Soignes firest), I saw horseriders wandering there two. Not far from the woods, a stable. I think it even edges a side of the woods. Patience, I would help you with that...
Look at the picture, that is enough reason to have some walk, rides in the woods.
"My best 3 years of my Life"
This is probably one of the best places I've lived so far. I first stepped foot on European soil in 1991 when I was one year old and my Dad took us overseas because of work. Being only one I didn't know what to expect. As my Dad has told me, when we arrived in Hoeilaart, he didn't know anything about the culture or language. So he started to look for a place for us to live. He didn't go to far when he found a nice Belgian family by the name Vandervaeren. What one family brought to my life I will never forget. Guy and Crista were like another set of parents and Yuri and Cathy were like brother and sister to me since I didn't have any. In total I lived in Hoeilaart for about 3 years but I go back every 2 years to see my wonderful friends. Well back to the story. My Dad talked to Guy and he said he was building a house next door and he offered to rent it to us and my Dad accepted. I had probably the best 3 years of my life in the small but yet charming town of Hoeilaart. Since my Dad and Mom worked for IBM, he had his office write across the street from our neighborhood. But sadly in 2002 La Hulpe Office was closed down as an IBM office. The most memorable place in Hoeilaart is the pond that was where I would always by frys, and feed the ducks.
In Hoeilaart woods
You only have one thing to do: follow the path... Normally, I would have said "go off beat track" but really, following the path was nice too.
The Hoeilaart wood is a place where to walk, jogg, cycle and ride horse. I was happy I hadn't seen anyone pick- nicking...
This series was taken from a walk in the Hoeilaart wood in a hot summer afternoon, July 2003. Actually, it was so hot that it was misty... A mist due to warmth...
Anyway, it hadn't prevented us from joining the park and walking for hours through the city and the wood.
First time i saw this yellow carpet, i was really euphoric about it. I was walking with my friend, chatting, talking about things and others...
Just happy to see each other after some months of cold winter and bad times (for me).
Just happy to see sun and warmth are there, along with light clothes, caps and sunglasses.
Just happy to see days are really long and that we can chill home just with some drinks in the terrasse or in the living-room, all windows wide open...
I said, we were just happy to reach summer ... when suddenly this vivid yellow carpet appeared... I just shouted "Look!". I hastened my path to the spot and shooted... Here is the result.
Hmmm... What can I say? It's just wonderful!
Could you notice the mist again? It was about 26°C and we were walking...
This page is also an compilation of my first series with a reflex camera after that mine has been stolen, years ago...
So, you would find some pictures that wouldn't tell anything to you but would tell (rather say "remind") a lot to me. Reminded me of this pleasure in choosing a subject, a pose, an angle, some light then catch the instant...
Here, I tried to capture those different greens in the woods.
Fern... another weakness I have when I walk through woods is to see the underwood. Sometimes, it's made of rotten trunks and leaves with mushrooms. Other times, it's made of green fern trees and little flower plants, wild roses, some berries...
In winter, it's all about grey or white... but don't expect me to walk in woods in winter. Probably with a nice "walkmate", it would change...
I think I would be interested to know what you would find in this area. Going there just reminded me of some studies in school where we had to go in a wood and find out plants and animals in a delimited area... Interesting!
Same thought about those waterplants... some kind of irises... Dame Gini (cadzand) confirmed, they are irises.
As for animals, I could spot many times wild rabbits. As we were walking near a more dry area, we just heard some cracking of dry leaves. Suddenly, I saw in the middle of the dirty road, a worried rabbit, trying to cross the road... Instead of fleeing, it just sat in front of us... On and on, I saw three wild rabbits on sides of our road, on some tree...
Gosh! Writing this t-logue just made me aware of how poor my knowledge of plants are. Would have to return very often in the woods, maybe. With some green guide?