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    Trazegnies

    by solopes Updated Jan 1, 2014

    Trazegnies is a name that I never heard until my recent visit to Mons, when, having one free morning to travel from La Louvière to Charleroi airport, I tried to find out what would it be interesting in the way. There, I read about Gosselies and Trazegnies, and decided to see both. Though a small and limited visit, I decided to create my Trazegnies page. You're invited!

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    Gosselies

    by solopes Updated Jan 1, 2014

    Gosselies is a name that I never heard until my recent visit to Mons, when, having one free morning to travel from La Louvière to Charleroi airport, I tried to find out what would it be interesting in the way. There, I read about Gosselies, and decided to go. Though a small and limited visit, I decided to create my Gosselies page. You're invited!

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    civil registry and museum

    by gwened Written Aug 4, 2013

    Another wonderful building in the Burg square area . Next to the gothic town hall stands the Old Civil Registry in renaissance style. (1534-1537). The decorative statues were also smashed to pieces in 1792, but later renovated. The bronze statues represent Justice, Moses and Aaron. Since 1883 the building is used as Peace Court.

    a Great walk to soak in the architecture wonders and great expanse of the square and the history of Brugge.
    One reason to get back here to the venice of the north.

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    Loge des bourgeois or poorteloge

    by gwened Written Aug 4, 2013

    it is right on the canals, and easily visible one of the landmark of this loaded city of gorgeous buildings and architecture
    location: Academiestraat 14, 8000 Brugge

    In the 15C it was here that the rich and powerful met along their social club the ‘Genootschap van de Witte Beer’ (confraternity of the white bear). their symbol was the bears with the flag of Brugge on the front. From the end of the 19C , the building is now housing the national archives.

    See carefully the small stair tower crown by a golden turning lady representing Saint-Georges and the dragon.

    Walking by here along the canals is marvelous too, a great family getting out.

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    Stadhuis city hall Brugge

    by gwened Written Aug 4, 2013

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    Bruges’ City Hall (1376) is one of the oldest in the Netherlands. It is from here that the city has been governed for more than 600 years. An absolute masterpiece is the Gothic Hall with its late 19th-century murals and polychrome vault. The adjoining historic hall calls up the city council’s history with a number of authentic documents and works of art. A multimedia exhibition on the ground floor illustrates the evolution of the Burg square.

    It's a nice architecturally done building and the oldest in all of the low countries sitting right in the burg square of Brugge. The above from tourist office explains it well

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    Parc du Cinquantenaire

    by gwened Written Jan 5, 2013

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    I am putting here not because folks dont see but because they usually come here to see the museums. The parc is gorgeous with a beautiful archway that we enjoy a lot walking around and trying to go thru the small streets around it ,sometimes without end lol!!!

    Fun for the whole family and a nice way to see everything of the place you are visiting, Brussels is one of our favorite cities hopefully you get that !!)
    Other than the museums of army, aviation, autoworld,and royal art and history, the parc also has the biggest mosque of Belgium, and nice buildings done by Victor Horta. It is the main for many events like marathons, environment, bicycle races, concerts, festivals, and drive in movies in summer !

    A bit of history, king Leopold II wanted to give Brussels an air of big important city, and decide to choose this site, a great science event was held here in 1888, and for the universal exposition of 1897 additional buildings and renovations were done. A huge arcade arch was done in 1905 in the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Belgium. The 3 arches of the same lenght were crowned in q quadralite with an imposing bronze statue with the Brabant on foot riding a horse carriage with a flag. At the foot of the columns, 8 other provinces are represented. The parc is of 30 hectares.

    more from the city of Brussels
    http://www.brussels.be/artdet.cfm?id=5458&

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    Go Village at Bruparck

    by gwened Written Jan 5, 2013

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    a nice Belgian village around the main parks of atomium and mini europe ,planetarium,and océade water park. You have all around you easy does it on metro line 6 stop Heysel from center Brussels.

    Here you have many restaurants to choose from after a day at the park, just be careful ,its very touristic and quality to prices to watch.

    to see the place, you can watch a video here, just click the numbers on the map on the right.
    http://www.bruparck.com/vil3d.php?lan=3

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    eglise Notre Dame du Sablon church

    by gwened Written Jan 4, 2013

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    This is a nice area with a beautiful church of Notre Dame du Sablon. There is a market on the plaza and full of shops around it.

    a bit of history tell us that in 1304,the mother superior of the Hôpital Saint-Jean bequest a great lots of terrain to built a chapel dedicated to the virgin. The faith grows and by 1348 a small statue of the miracoulus virgin, that according to tradition it came from Anvers . The keepers of the chapel the arbalétriers again enlarge the chapel in the 15C. The choir is done in 1435.
    During the French period of the revolution,the priest was able to keep the church open by making prayers for the revolution! It was closed for several years and open again by Napoleon I
    From 1895 to 1912,in sixe different campaigns of renovation work a monument was been created with small clock towers,pinnacles,balustrades, and arches. From 1917 to 1937, new renovations put in place 57 statues coming from 27 different sculptors!
    official church parrish webpage
    http://paroisses.catho-bruxelles.be/bruxelles/sablon/

    The interior is just as beautiful,and well worth the detours.

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    Théatre royal du parc

    by gwened Written Jan 4, 2013

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    the Royal Theater by the Royal Palace at parc du Bruxelles. Rue de la Loi 3, metro Parc.
    Built in 1782 the theater du parc is an annex to the Théâtre de la Monnaie , the frères Bultos, managed the two theaters at the same time. the parc became a site for young comedians spectacles/ almost like a school of arts and drama of the theater de la monnaie.

    The theater was closed in 1807 by order of Napoléon Ier,and reopened in 1814 occupied by British troops for a year and then a Dutch troops for several months. From 1819, the city of Brussels is the owner of the two theaters given concessions for the management of each. The casting is the same but here they do more of the vaudeville and street or boulevard theater.

    Very nice place in a nice park; prices for functions goes from five to 30 euros.

    De 1850 à 1854, le Parc accueille des représentations en néerlandais, puis il se spécialise dans l'opérette et l'opéra-comique, et enfin, à partir de 1869, dans les pièces de comédie.

    Pendant la Première Guerre mondiale, la Monnaie et le Parc sont réquisitionnés et le Parc devient le lieu de divertissement de la garnison allemande.

    Redevenu théâtre francophone en 1919, il propose essentiellement des pièces de répertoire interprétées par des comédiens belges

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    the Bourse of Bruxelles

    by gwened Written Jan 3, 2013

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    Built in 1873, on the former site of the convent des Recollets, one of the emblematic buildings of Bruxelles and my landmark to reach the grand place by car always.

    you have the bourse stock exchange store here
    http://www.nyx.com/en/who-we-are/history/brussels

    and the bruxelles tourist office in contact. a must to see at least once.

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    eglise Sainte Catherine church

    by gwened Written Jan 3, 2013

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    at pl de Sainte Catherine you find this hybrid church , needing a cleaning for sure, but imposing facing the great plaza. It has a very convenient metro station ste catherine on line 1 and 5,

    The church today was built on the site of a basin of the old port of Bruxelles betweent 1854 and 1874. The building it replaces dates from the 15C.
    http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/monument/742/eglise-sainte-catherine.do

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    jardin botanique or botanical garden

    by gwened Written Jan 2, 2013

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    you have an extensive cultural center right in the middle of Bruxelles, you have arts expo exhibitions, theater plays, and concerts, a nice restaurant ;cafe Bota,with its own webpage at http://www.cafebota.be/index.php?lang=en all under the belle epoque canopy of the jardin botanique, not to mention beautiful sculptures in a nice layout garden along blvd du jardin botanique, and main entrance on Rue Royale 236, my favorite area of Bruxelles.

    all leads here
    Train : Gare du Nord (Bruxelles Nord) 5 minutes on foot
    www.sncb.be

    Metro : Lines 2 et 6 - arrêt/stop Botanique
    Trams & Bus : Trams 92 and 94, Bus 61 - arrêt/stop Botanique
    www.stib.be

    De Lijn : Lines 270, 271, 272 ,and 358
    www.delijn.be
    interurban bus lines

    a bit of history,
    The great Victor Hugo said of the place, « Bruxelles has two unique marvels of our world, the Grand Place ,and the panorama of the Jardin Botanique. »
    A place of science and botanical studies from 1829 to 1939, the building was very little use for 40 years, and almost a half a century after was converted into a cultural space and imagination to become in 1984 the centre culturel de la Communauté française de Belgique (the cultural center of the French community in Belgium) THe Jardin Botanique de Bruxelles had alongside it on rue de Ruysbroeck, the old palace of Charles de Lorraine.

    Lovely place to visit day or night.

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    royal church of Ste Marie

    by gwened Written Jan 1, 2013

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    a wonderful church worth the hike away from central Brussels to the community of Schaerbeek, pl de la reine.
    It was built in the romano-byzantin style between 1845 and 1885.
    It is situated in the royal way leading from Laeken to the Royal palace in Brussels and dedicated to the queen Louise-Marie , as well as the plaza where its located. It is classify as a historical monument in Belgium

    you get here on tram 92 or 94.

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    hop on hop off bus

    by gwened Written Jan 1, 2013

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    a mainstay of European cities, this is a great way to have an overview of the city if not well familiar with it. We took it many years ago, and now enjoy the city on foot and public transport.

    Again, for a first timer or one with limited time and not seen much of Brussels this is a good alternative. You can see an overview and then come back for up close details of the things you really like.

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    Diest

    by lmkluque Updated Sep 17, 2012

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    Diest is a small town east of Brussel in which you will find an old Begijnhoff. The connected Church shows evidence of what looks like war time strife. The small community no longer houses women devoted to God, instead, you'll find the residents to be mostly retired couples.

    There are also commercial establilshments located here. Tucked in a corner space of two buildings there is a charming, romantic restaurant, The "Gasthof" (Guesthouse) of the Beguinage which is also a B&B. I was so impressed with the cozy atmosphere that I plan to go back if I'm ever near Diest again and I will stay at the B&B if it is still in operation!

    Kerkstraat 18,
    B-2390 Diest, Belgium

    Also, there is an interesting shop in this community which is occupied by a man who restores ancient manuscripts. Our primary reason for going here was to see this man and the Begijnoff was a by-product of that search.. We didn't have any type of guided tour to tell us about this well preserved area, so there was very little I learned about the history, except that it was established in 1253 and the houses were built in the 17th century.

    When we arrived at the Manuscript Restoration shop, there was a sign on the door that read, "Gone to Mexico on holiday." I thought that was ironic.

    J.J.Camps
    Phone: 3213336784
    H. Geeststraat 7 | Diest, / 3290, Belgium

    The photo is of the missing stained glass panes in the church windows--which seemed not to have been replaced after WWII. I'm not sure about that, but damage on the walls around the windows, looked as if it came from bullets. So, that's how it seemed to me.

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