Markets & Flea Markets, Brussels
When you come from Central Station and you crossed the Keizerinlaan, walk to the right, then cross the Spanish square with the statue of Don Quichote and you will come at this little market square with only a few stands but lots of people.
Here is the market of the Grasmarkt.
Fondest memory: you can walk around and see many paintings, handcrafts stuff, hand made jewelery and all that kind.
In rue Blaes, take a few moments to wander into number 125. It's one of quite a number of large, overcrowded, eclectic antique shops. Now, before you flash the cash for that must-have chaise longue with velour zebra print, take a moment to look through all the tempting objets d'art to the building itself. I openly admit that this is a difficult task as the shope is full to cracking with goods.
From the ground floor you'll see that in the centre the roof is very high. In fact the building had been used previously as a walpaper factory, and they used to hang the lengths of paper to dry in the centre. At the rear of the shop you'll find a staircase that willlead you up to the first floor gallery.
Off you go.
Now turn your eyes to the wall on your right hand side and peer at it. A bit harder... go on... See it? Yes, beneath layers of paper and paint writing was discovered on the wall. This was the only clue to another life in the many that this building has experienced: a synagogue. The photo shows one of two examples of this.
Fondest memory: So there's another thing to love about this city... well two really. The buidling are not always beautiful, this one certainly isn't, but they have incredible histories. And the second thing? Well it would have been easy to slap a coat of paint over the walls during renovation... but no, they leave their discovery uncovered for all to see... and noone knows it's there!
Go and have a look
GO TO THE MARKETS !
The Midi Market is the big market of Belgium, located near Gare du Midi, exotic market, with fresh products, every sunday morning !
Other markets :
- Grand Place : birds and flowers markets every morning.
- Place du Jeu de Balle : flea market, every day from 7:00 to 14:00