Even at late night Grand Place is full of people. The holiday proceeds all through the night!
You can watch my 3 min 17 sec Video Brussels in the evening part 1 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
We got fine impressions when we observed a parade of orchestras in the late evening at Grote Markt and at the streets of the city.
You can watch my 4 min 21 sec Video Brussels in the evening part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
“The Belgian nation takes red, yellow and black as colors, and as state coat of arms the Belgian lion with the motto ‘Unity Makes Strength.’ ”
— article 193 of the Belgian Constitution
THE LION’S SHARE Leo Belgicus, the Belgian Lion, gets his fare share of attention in Bruxelles as part of the country’s coat of arms. The Royal Decree of 17.March.1837 stipulates the design of the arms, describing the great seal, used by the king; and the lesser seal, used by the government.
Is your astrological sign Leo, the lion? If it is, or if you travel with some who is a Leo as I do, let me suggest a fun way to recognize the Leo in your life and in the process take some unique and fun photos: pose with architectural and decorative lions.
Throughout Brussels you will find plenty of lions to pose with. There are indoor and outdoor lions; ancient and modern ones; large and small lions; some are on doors as knockers, while others are integrated into fountains; there’s a lion for every Leo in Brussels.
Some Leos around town included the front of Hôtel de Ville and one behind it (see photos #1 & #2); a 19th-century stained glass window coat-of-arms; the Leos at the base of the Congress Column, Belgium’s national monument to its founding.
Two former Belgian prime ministers were born under the sign of Leo. Auguste Beernaert, born 26.July.1829, was Prime Minister from October 1884 to March 1894. He is also the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates of 1909. Jean-Luc Dehaene, born 7.August.1940, was Prime Minister from March 1992 to July 1999.
Years and years I've seen this christmas period
thing grown in Brussels. I do think that Brussels
has got' the most beautiful square in the world.
I have been on some squares....that title becomes
hard to beat if you had seen the 'grand place'
during december 2004. It is just fabulous.
Last years they still had the more controversial
farm animals in fiberglass that lighted up ,
this year the lights and the sounds were so
fabulous even the biggest despicable critic
had shut up.
You could even control some of the lights yourself
from a big turning podium...and the childrens
laughs made it irrisisteble to turn on a happy
mood. And turning christmas-trees...
What else would man want!
Bruxelles les bains an event that has been organised for a second time near the canal (direction to the harbour) at the Saincteletteplein and the Dijlestraat.
The pavement is filled with sand, beach chairs. You can see exotic plants and ladies really sunbathing in swimsuit!
There is a place for the kids that I would call waterworld, where they can enjoy playing in the water to cool down, there is a petanque piste, there are so many stands where you can find yummie things to eat and drink and there is at the very end a stage where you can enjoy music.
I went in 2004 with Norali and we had a great time!
With mojito on the rocks and between the rocks `-)
with lots of laughter and fun... in one sentence: we had a great time!
Paris had it for a couple of years...
When a little bird whispered to me that Brussels
was going to have a beach near the river 'Zenne'
with a tropical atmosphere , food , music ,
coctails , boattrips... I had to be there.
'Brussel BAd or Bruxelles les bains'
is a hit.
It was great.
We smacked ourselves down in the tropical
Brussels sun and ordered an 'Asiette Antillaise'
and an 'Assiette vegetarien'.
They both tasted great...the vegetarian one was
even served with chicken. lol.
Hey , your in Belgium now.
A great atmosphere , people started dancing ,
the coctails made me a bit dizzy.
Brussels at its best. It is a very multicultural
One little warning , only go when the weather is
fantastic...otherwise it looks a bit poor.
Maybe you are into sports , have a look then
on the website. I loved to watch it. ;-)
Saincteletteplain - take the tram
Every year, R?gion de Bruxelles- Capitale (Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest ), Brussels region, like other Belgian regions, has its celebration day. In 2003, it was on May 10. 2004, on May 8. Don't really know the exact day but the celebration of the anniversary of this young region is on May.
Iris flower (blue flag- yellow flower) is Brussels symbol.
2003 year edition was a kind of Open doors of the Region, to show Brusseleers about the city they live in. 19 representative sites in Brussels were accessable, such as:
a recycling center, Brussels port and its locks, tramways, firemen station, a restaured district, Fine arts museum, Les halles Saint- G?ry (see my tip on that)... And on top of that, Circus show at Esplanade du Cinquantenaire (Jubilee park). To see more:
Why not discover Brussels with its inhabitants? as public transportation MIVB- STIB will allocate specific lines to allow visitors joining one site from another.
On the menu:
- 11h00-17h30: Open doors
- 17h30- 20h00: circus workshops
- From 20h30: circus show
For 2004, the Zinneke parade coincided with Irisfeest. In a sense, it is the true Brussels parade since "zinneke" designs the mixed person that is the Brusseleir.
Since I was an expat in Brussels I was always on holiday somewhere else during July which is why I constantly missed Ommegang so there is no picture I'm afraid, but this is otherwise a very colourful pageant which is held annually and starts with a procession from Sablon to Grand Place where there is then a performance on a setup stage (so if you plan to visit Brussels to get good pictures of Grand Place itself, this is not the best time to visit). The whole aim is to recreate Charles V's arrival in Brussels in 1549 and it is an amazing sight as Charles and all his noble guests and followers all arrive. If you want tickets to the event itself in Grand Place after the procession, have a look at the website below and expect to queue.
From June 20 to June 22 (and each year, around June 21), free concerts will ignite Brussels communes.
This is the 19th edition of Fête de la musique in Wallonia and Brussels (the two regions arrange it together). In Brussels, I spotted not less than 25 concerts during those three days.
There would be jazz, rock, African and Latino American vibes as well as tzigan music.
Classical music lovers will rather attend MIM (Museum of Music Instruments) concerts.
For kids, head to Parvis Saint-Gilles and Saint-Gilles area since it is focused on La Fête de la Musique des Enfants (Kids' Music celebration). Of course, Grand-Place will host this as well (esp. June 21 at 7.30pm). Tzigan music and Electropop at Café Belga.
Anyway, here is the link to all those activities (only in French, sorry). Click on "Plus d'infos" green links to have further details on each concert.
For locations, see weblink:
don't be suprised if you come at the Grand Place and there is something happening there, in the mornings you mostly have the flower market and the painter who has his location, but sometimes
the whole market is locked off for an event.
Here it was kind of competition with little balls you had to throw and then hit with a stick and try to manage to get them on a certain spot, a distance away.
In Flemish it is called Kaatsbal.
I thought it was fun how all the red chairs were put around the playing field, they are so "inviting", don't you think?
In Summer 2003 it was Brussels's turn to be invaded by weird cows!
You could find them all over the place, even on the airport!
I loved this one... Manneke Pis and his new girl friend...
now I start to wonder if this new girl friend has something to do with Jeanneke Pis beeing locked up behind bars?
ooh oh... he is cheating on her? `-)
Anyway... the cows were magnificient!
If you would love to see more of them, then do visit my Fotki page where you can see the pictures on 3 different sizes.
It is always nice should you leave some comments there as well! You can comment on each picture or read other's comments as well!
I would love to know what you think this cow is thinking or saying to Manneke Pis :)
Any idea? Write it down !
Every year, when Christmas is coming near, the market square will be the location for a huge Christmas scenery with real life sized statues, even real life sheep but unfortunately a lot of ugly plastic not very healthy looking cattle `-). The cows look like if they just walked out of the Simpson’s cartoons where they have been grazing near the nuclear power plant of Mr. Burns: they look so transparent and glowing with weird colours!
But maybe it is this kitschy stuff that people like, it flashes them back to childhood, to innocence, to simplicity.
Every year at the end of June and the beginning of July, a historical procession, called the Ommegang, takes place at the Grand'Place. This procession goes back to the 16th century and was originally created to welcome Charles V in Brussels.
It has become quit a big event ,
this alternative film-festival with quit a lot
of side activities.
Just have a look at their website.
-A make-up contest , body-painting contest..
Vampire party.... etc.
Me , I'm not a patient person if it comes to
The thing I want to tell you about is the
cellar of the 'Cinema Nova'
A friend of a friend took me here.
I was fascinated right away.... This is not
exactly one of those wite , clean modern
drinking cafetarias , those sterile ones you'll
often find at these cinemas.
No this is a cellar with all the heating
piping visible. A lot of artist have used all
their creativity to make it a scary place ,
with scary art. Sometimes lots of blood ,
sometimes with hidden or not so well hidden
sexual offensive material....
And it worked , in no time my mate was
feeling louse in the pluch seats ,
checking his glass if it was clean......
The festival takes place in 'march'
But you can always go for a drink in the cellar
when the cinema is open... you don't need to
see a movie.
'Rue d’Arenberg 3 Arenbergstraat '
It's just round the corner of the
'Sint-hubertusgallerij' or the 'koninginnegallerij'
Also the cathedral is near.
Have a good time!
Aaargh! I fully regret to have skipped it when I could attend the parade. As many cities in Europe, Brussels has its G + L Pride, the Belgian Lesbian and Gay Pride paarde.
For many years, I haven't been able to attend it because I was busy studying (it's during students "blocus"). In 2001 and following years, I could attend it but hadn't. Now, looking at this pic, that Belgianchocolate gave me, and the others in the below website, it seems a blast.
Well, it's not new, the *guys* (and girls) are amongst the best partiers ever.
In 2004, rendez-vous is taken for May 22. It uses to be on the first Saturday of May (unless, like in 2004, it had to be postponed because it should have taken place on May 1st, Labour Day in Belgium).
Normally, the parade starts at Sainte-Catherine area (Fish market) and runs through the big avenues of the city. Here, Frank (belgianchocolate) is in front of Gare centrale train station. Not that far behind, there is William (benidormone).
Have a look at the website.. many stuffs there: reports of 2003 Parade, information on the G+L movement, historical facts in Belgium... I noticed some nice logos and banners as well