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    La Gaité

    by solopes Written Mar 4, 2015

    Located in rue Fossé, 18, La Gaîté was a legendary club in the centre of Brussels until closing in 1982. In 1991 it has transformed in a shop, but the facade was kept. (The only saved thing in it, I think!)

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    Cycle to Leuven

    by halikowski Written Sep 16, 2014

    I used my own bike, but you can rent them from the villo.be bike stands. Subscription is 30 euros/year. I went to Park Tournay-Solvay. There is a gate at the back of the park. Turn right over railway. Left down Chemin des Tumuli. It takes you after nice cycling through the woods out on the ring. Go on the bike path left over the road and follow it into Brabant Flamand via the Groene Goerdel route via Hoeilart and Overijse to Huldenburg. Here in the centre turn right and then left along the Dijl-Ijse river. You can follow this earth path all the way to Leuven along the river (Sud Dijlenland route) and through fields and woods. Very bucolic. Probably 55km.

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    Parc Tournay-Solvay

    by halikowski Written Sep 10, 2014

    Springboard into walks in the Foret de Soignes.
    Getting there: Tram: 94 Arrêt Boitsfort Gare/ Bus: 42, 95.
    closing time: 8pm in summer.
    The old laiterie in the Silexsdreef looks like a Magritte house when lit by the sodium lighting against an evening sky.

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    St Josse

    by solopes Updated Jan 1, 2014

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    This may be, I think, one of the least touristy areas in Brussels - a pot of cultures and nationalities, composing one of the poorest areas in town. He had there a cheap meal, and saw not much, due to the late hour.

    Maybe my impression is wrong, maybe the closed church that came from a chapel in 1361 to the actual Neo-Baroque look in 1979, will be interesting, but I must confess that it is out of my preferences for next time in Brussels.

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    Camino de Santiago

    by Roadquill Written Aug 25, 2013

    I was surprised to see the pilgrim markers for the Camino de Santiago as far up North as Brussels. That would be one long walk to Santiago de Compostela. I had always heard that Lyon was the Northern most starting point, but when you think about it, it could be from anywhere, as I don't think the original pilgrims could book a flight and start in Spain.

    Scallop Shell - Trail Mark of the Camino Camino Wall Mark
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    Zinneken Pis

    by Dabs Written Jun 17, 2013

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    On my 4th trip to Brussels I finally found Zinneken Pis, the 3rd statue in Brussels featuring someone or should I say something peeing. I think this is actually the best of all three, Mannekin Pis is so tiny I defy you not to laugh when you see it.

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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&

    arcade arch of Parc du Cinquantenaire from inside Parc du Cinquantenaire horse carriage crowning the arcade of Parc rue teveuren arr arcade of Parc du Cinquantenaire montgomery tram stop 92 and the Gen.
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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

    main street the Village bi level Village with carrousel scenes of the time Christmas 2012 other parks not visited Oc��ade
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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.

    from pl the side ent notre dame du sablon front entrance notre dame du sablon the side of notre dame du sablon the altar to the miracaulous virgin the stained glass windows chapel
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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.

    the Bourse of Bruxelles side of the Bourse street level at Christmas on the Bourse arriving at the Bourse oldie from of first visits to Brussels Bourse area
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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

    night shot of church Sainte Catherine
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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.

    the garden and cupola of botanique daytime gardens at night the botanique cupola at nigh the gardens of botanique daytime the sculptures in the garden of botanique
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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.

    whole front of church Sainte Marie closer look at church Sainte Marie night shot of dome of church Sainte Marie leading to pl de la reine and the church nighttime front porch of church of Sainte Marie
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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.

    city hop on hop off of Brussels
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