Région de Bruxelles-Capitale Off The Beaten Path

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Région de Bruxelles-Capitale Off The Beaten Path

  • Tours & Walks

    Brussels Off The Beaten Path

    Directly next door, at Avenue Palmerston, 2, an extension to Hôtel van Eetvelde (at Avenue Palmerston, 4) was designed by Victor Horta in 1898. Known as Hôtel Delhaye, this building has a beautifully detailed sandstone façade. It was designed to house a garage, an office and a billiard room for van Eetvelde, as well as apartments, therefore it...

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  • Jeanneken Pis

    Brussels Off The Beaten Path

    This statue of a little girl urinating is in a little-used street a few blocks from Brussels's Manneken Pis. Little boys peeing has been a staple of fountains for a thousand years, but I don't know of a female version from before 1985, when sculptor Denis-Adrien Debouvrie made this one and struck a blow for the sisters. It's protected by an iron...

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  • Parcs & Gardens

    Brussels Off The Beaten Path

    And suddenly we found ourselves in Spain. The statue of D. Quixote and Sancho Pança that I knew in Madrid was in front of us. Well, it is not Spain, but Spain square, wisely ornamented with a replica of the original creation of Lorenzo Valera. Somewhat hidden, but very nice.

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  • Museums

    Brussels Off The Beaten Path

    The Horta Museum, located in the house that Victor Horta built for himself in 1898, is not a museum in the traditional sense of the word. There are no displays explaining the foundation of art nouveau architecture or even the architect, Victor Horta, instead the house itself serves as the museum. The Horta Museum is located at Amerikaanse straat /...

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  • Markets & Flea Markets

    Brussels Off The Beaten Path

    Go to the MAROLLEN (quarter in BRUSSELS) and walk around and I am sure that you will find beautifully coloured nice clothing and lots of fine gifts.......POTTERY e.g.. and....when the shops don't have whatever you want walk over the KAATSBALPLEIN, where there is a flea-market from 7AM till 2PM (and a bit later.......) No chance that you return...

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  • Chinese & Japanese Towers

    Brussels Off The Beaten Path

    “It may be safely asserted that no barbarous people have ever so readily adopted the fostering care of benevolent enterprise, as have the tribes of the Congo, and never was there a more honest and practical effort made to increase their knowledge and secure their welfare.” — Leopold II (1835-1909), King of the Belgians, reinging from...

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  • Excursions

    Brussels Off The Beaten Path

    Take this road to get out of town. It's a beautiful road, the hills slowly rear up, you get glimpses down the Meuse at Namur as you shoot over a high spanning bridge, and the road connects easily with the Bvd. General Jacques on the `ceinture' running around Brussels. The Walloon tourist authorities have put up beautiful plaques by the side of the...

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  • Waterloo

    Brussels Off The Beaten Path

    Who never heard of Waterloo? The village itself might be small but the place of interest is outside the village. Here historici can dream of the big battlefield between Napoleon against big names as Wellington and Willem van Oranje. You can climb up the many steps to the mountain where the rememberance statue is placed, a lion overlooking the...

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  • Atomium & Heyzel area

    Brussels Off The Beaten Path

    “The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun.” — George Orwell (1903-1950) As part of the permanent exhibition at the Atomium, models of the pavilions of nations that exhibited at Expo ’58 are on display. They...

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  • Cinquantenaire & museums

    Brussels Off The Beaten Path

    “But Brussels should ask to be delivered from its friends. It is not a miniature anything, but a very solid and extensive old city, with a physiognomy and character quite its own. It is very much less elegant than the Paris of the last twenty years; but it is decidedly more picturesque.” — from “Transatlantic Sketches” 1875 by Henry James...

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  • El Papagayo personnel...

    A feature of El Papagayo personnel: the parrot tattoed on them...This encounter dated back to our cowsspotting day. We wanted to chill out at El Papagayo but it was closed since it only opens at 7pm. Sooo, we chose to have some refreshment at a the pub next to it.While chilling out at Le saint d'Hic, we talked to El Papagayo personnel. They were...

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  • Rue Villa Hermosa, last cul-de-sac in...

    Near MIM (Music Instruments Museum) is the last cul-de-sac in Brussels.I haven't said it was the sexiest, but the last. Right? In fact, seeing it "in situ" made me aware of how time erases city landmarks and historical highlights. This then street, now cul-de-sac, used to lead to the ancient Brussels palace (Coudenberg) that is invisible now. Only...

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