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    royal greenhouse at Laeken
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    royal greenhouse at Laeken, azalea
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    Royal stables at Laken
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    The royal stables at the royal palace

    by irisbe Updated Apr 20, 2003

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    Royal stables at Laken

    Don't miss on your visit the royal stables!

    They were built in the beginning of the 20th century under the reign of Albert I and Leopold II.
    They are a creation of the architecs Girault and Flanneau.

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    Visit the royal greenhouses

    by irisbe Written Apr 20, 2003

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    Royal greenhouse, azaleo hall

    The royal greenhouses are divided in different parts.
    At the time it is opened, you will have the opportunity to watch the early springflowers.
    One of my favorite halls in the "azalea"hall.
    I think if you look at the picture (pls click on it to enlarge), you will see it goes behond discussion this is breath taking!

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    a tradition of over 100 years old

    by irisbe Updated Apr 22, 2003

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    The orangerie

    When you have left the royal stables you will enter through this building, it is the first building and it houses the "orangerie".
    You will pass through the orangerie on your way out. There you can buy postcards or catalogues.

    Each year during Spring, the greenhouses of Laken are opened to the public during the last week of April and the frist week of May. It is a more then hunderd year old tradition that still is kept.

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    Orangerie

    by irisbe Written Apr 20, 2003

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    Orangerie

    The orangerie is the building that will let you enter the royal greenhouses and the royal park.
    It will also be the building you visit last, on your way out.
    Here you will find little orange trees :-)
    and stands were you can buy postcards and catalogues.
    the public toilets are here as well.

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    the first greenhouse

    by irisbe Written Apr 20, 2003

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    royal greenhouse Laken

    Attached to the orangerie you come inside the first greenhouses.
    It depends on the time you go what will bloom and how much things are blooming.
    In this part you will find mostly all kinds of roses and wild roses.
    But as I said, it depends and I have the impression they change things each year.

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    then turn to your head to the other side again

    by irisbe Updated Apr 22, 2003

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    royal greenhouse Laken

    and watch the magnificien dome, the royal crown on the top.
    Soon you will find out how it looks inside!
    In 1873architect Alphonse Balat designed a greenhouse complex for King Leopold II.
    It had to "communicate" with the classic style of the Palac. The greenhouses addapted the shape of a glazier city, in the midst of a hilly park landscape.
    These royal greenhouses are the result of numerous conversations, letters, scetches, pre studies and designed, exchanged between architect Alphonse Balat and King Leopold II.

    They were the new inspiration source of the new Belgian architecture and became, together with the Art Nouveau style, world famous.

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    while at your right side...

    by irisbe Updated Apr 20, 2003

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    Royal palace Laken

    You have a marvelous view over Brussels at the feet of the park (if the weather permits).
    It was too misty for a picture, so I settled with the direct environment, which is, to my opinion, still breath taking :-)
    but imagine, just over that water, behind the hill lies Brussels!

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    walk through the park

    by irisbe Written Apr 20, 2003

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    Royal garden at the Royal Palace Laken

    Arrows will guide you through the park (and be assured if you missed one, there is enough security to help you out).
    One would nor could ever imagine that behind the wall outside that separates this area from the street, such a huge park would develop under your very eyes.
    Amazing! It looks like it is not ending!

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    the greenhouse construction

    by irisbe Updated Apr 22, 2003

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    royal greenhouse Laeken

    It is marvelous to see all the sites of this greenhouse construction.
    Especially on a sunny day, the green of the metal and the colour of the glas in the sun looks marvelous.

    During the 19th century, the advanced knowledge and technics and new materials, led to the combination of metal and glas and in this way to a whole new style: the green house.

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    the fountain

    by irisbe Written Apr 20, 2003

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    royal greengarden at Laeken

    first little side alley at your right hand side, you have a look at a little fountain.
    The geraniums are growing against the wall and the fuchsia's are hanging down the ceiling.
    By the 4th of May they will have grown so much it will look like the whole ceiling is one fuchsia plant.

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    the azalea room

    by irisbe Updated Apr 22, 2003

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    royal green house Laeken, azalea

    In this huge green house you will find a plentitude of azalea's all ordered accordingly to their colour.

    Here is the group of the red ones.

    The contemporary collection in the royal greenhouses is of real big value and more specific in three kind:.

    First of all, a certain amount of plants are still the original ones as "planted by" Leopold II.
    Second the contemporary situation is still in the same spirit as the original one was.
    And as last but not least, the greenhouse contains a lot of extreme rare and valid plant species.

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    Royal park in Laken

    by irisbe Written Apr 20, 2003

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    royal greenhouses Laken

    It is a great thing that the garden itself is also partly opened to the public.
    I loved this tree, I know the Dutch word (Kurketrekker wilg) but not the English one... kind of a willow?
    Look at the contruction of the greenhouses.

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    Queen Elisabeth's workshop

    by irisbe Written Apr 20, 2003

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    Queen Elizabeth's atelier

    In this little house, connected to the greenhouse and with a marvelous view on the park, Queen Elizabeth used to spend hours in her atelier.

    For a beautiful look inside, visit Diamonddog's Laeken page.

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    The Japanese tower

    by irisbe Updated Apr 21, 2003

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    Japanese tower, view from the Royal park

    From inside the park you have a look at the Japanese tower, near the Chinese pavilion, that both are located outside the park.
    I hope the pics taken with my reflex camera will be better :-)
    then I will add a few of those!

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    azalea hall

    by irisbe Written Apr 20, 2003

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    royal green house Laeken, azalea

    In this huge green house you will find a plentitude of azalea's all ordered accordingly to their colour.

    Here are the fine white and yellow ones, seperated by a little artificial waterfall and white stones.

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