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Old July 24th, 2011, 06:44 PM   #21
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76. Brussels most famous shopping arcade



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78. She-cats...



79. This is some university building. Got attracted by green color and design



80. Very coherent architecture



81. This kind of buildings reminds me some Fascist architecture in Italy



82. One of Brussels most famous buildings - cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula. It is considered to be the most outstanding example of Brabant Gothic style.



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87. Fountain with rainbow



88. Another landmark - Royal palace of Brussels

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Old July 24th, 2011, 09:20 PM   #22
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You really know how to capture the touristic hotspots of a city.

The fascistic-looking building on picture 81 is a wing of the National Bank of Belgium, which has got a classic facade on the other side. It's part of failed urbanisation after they destroyed a big part of the old town to built a north-south railwayjunction in the first half of the 20th century.
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Old July 24th, 2011, 09:46 PM   #23
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Very nice pictures once again!
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Old July 25th, 2011, 11:24 PM   #24
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89. 2 shots of the street behind which my hotel was located - Rue Royale



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91. Now we are moving to EU institutions modern quarters. Along the Rue Belliard it's all in concrete, steel and glass. The stream of traffic between.



92. Building with green plants immediately stands out here



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95. Buildings at European parliament



96. EU is a bit like empire, so this is 20th Century Imperial style - huge, monumental buildings like all empires likes to build. Of course, I understand the practical need for it - somehow all those deputies and commissioners has to be housed.



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98. Sky bridges to navigate from one building to another without going outside.



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100. "European parliament" in all EU languages. In Latvian it is "Eiropas parlaments". Find yours!

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Old July 26th, 2011, 12:52 AM   #25
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89 and 94, brilliant shots!
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Old July 26th, 2011, 04:03 AM   #26
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The best thing about Brussels is the Art-Nouveau districts to the south of the city centre (St Gillis, Ixelles), did you make it there? Nice photos so far.
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Old July 26th, 2011, 02:32 PM   #27
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Nice!

Ik like your pictures. Thank you for capturing my city in such an interesting way!
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Old July 26th, 2011, 07:37 PM   #28
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The best thing about Brussels is the Art-Nouveau districts to the south of the city centre (St Gillis, Ixelles), did you make it there? Nice photos so far.
Sadly I wasn't in Art Nouveau districts... I'm already frustrated about that, but I was somehow forgot that Brussels also has Art Nouveau, and in tourist sites and brochures I saw, it wasn't very accented. Well, but I hope it won't be long time before I return to Brussels, because Charleroi is one of cheapest and most connected Ryanair airports.
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103. This modern building was very cosy and human-friendly compared to all others in this area.



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106. European Commission headquarters - Berlaymont



107. Countless cars and almost no people on this street

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ah Rue de la loi/Wetstraat, that street is always grid locked. The whole area is a disaster to go through by car. Rue Belliard is another such street you showed in your other post. You managed to capture that in quite an impressive picture
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Yeah, I love the way you capture the city. Allthough you almostdidn't leave the classic tourist parts, you took pictures as you know Brussels well and as you've come there on a regular base.
The beautifull art nouveau and belle epoque districts are somewhat hidden for the fast visitors. Just like in Riga you really have to make an effort to find them.
Maybe next time a Brussels' forummember can guide you to places like Schaarbeek, Saint-Gilis, Elsene or Etterbeek etc....
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Old July 28th, 2011, 10:31 PM   #32
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108. Beautiful building close to Justice palace. Palace itself was in renovation process (btw, it's interesting that also in Madrid Palace of Justice were being renovated).



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111. So massive commieblocks could be more appropriate to Moscow or Shanghai, not Brussels:



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116. There was some medieval festival happening exactly on that evening when I was there. It was great, actually one of my best experiences in Brussels. Differently dressed groups of people went in march in city's streets and played different rythms of ancient music - I could feel real medieval atmosphere, it was easy to imagine how it happened in those times. It seems she played some princess...but dressed too simple for that...?



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119. These girls were tired of me and some other guy who took several photos of them



120. The central performance happened in Grand Place



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Yeah, I love the way you capture the city. Allthough you almostdidn't leave the classic tourist parts, you took pictures as you know Brussels well and as you've come there on a regular base.
The beautifull art nouveau and belle epoque districts are somewhat hidden for the fast visitors. Just like in Riga you really have to make an effort to find them.
Maybe next time a Brussels' forummember can guide you to places like Schaarbeek, Saint-Gilis, Elsene or Etterbeek etc....
I somewhere red that main Art Nouveau district in Brussels is Louise...?

Yeah, Riga also somehow don't advertise Albert street and other Art Nouveau places on the same level as Old Town, and I dunno why. But Brussels, as it seems, don't advertise them at all.
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This time we see pics of Brussels at evening and night. I haven't tripod so not all night pics will be perfectly sharp, however I think most of them turned out nice.

123. Another thing I love about Brussels is it's famous foods - fruit beer and waffles. I didn't manage to enjoy a real, hot waffle though (another reason to return to Brussels) but I tasted a cherry beer in one of Old Town's street bars. This cherry beer (kriek - it goes by this name in menus) was tasty, honestly, didn't tasted much like beer, but great. There are some local versions of "cherry beer" in Latvia, but they are just awful compared to this one.



124. Apparently a family - mother who works in one of Old Town's small cosy shops, and a father with a child.



125. Another sweets shop.



126. Different local beer brands



127. Brussels main streets were quite lively at night, but not as half as lively as Madrid's



128. These buildings reminds me Three Brothers in Riga.



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130. Kebabs are one of cheapest options to eat in any city.



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132. Cosy summer's nightlife



133. I liked that quite many buildings were illuminated at night.. Something we could learn from Brussels in Riga...



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135. ...but this was especially impressive. The colours of lights in windows changed there.



136. Power flu? Sounds weird enough in English



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138. Cinema



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140. Yes, Brussels is metropolis



141. "Brussels Manhattan" at night. We will visit it next day.



142. Beautiful church with beautiful roof... And especially beautiful at night. I have to say, Brussels in whole looks best at night.



143. Street where my hotel located. Here I get absolutely amazed by the tone of street light. The light was absolutely white (maybe my photo don't show it precisely) - it was so much more beautiful than the yellow/red tones we are used here.

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Very nice pictures! Well done!

ps: Whenever you see those white lights, It's probably LED.
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Old July 30th, 2011, 12:31 AM   #36
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Awesome pictures! I still don't understand why people think Brussels is a boring city.
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Because every-one thinks Brussels consists of glass and steel of the EU constitutions and there is nothing around it. A bit like I would see a US city. 10 blocks of glass and steel adn then suburbia, whil there are probably some other parts that are more interesting than downtown.
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Old July 31st, 2011, 06:28 AM   #38
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Wow! Your nightshots are even better than the dayshots! Even without tripot.
In one word: gorgeous!

And you seem to be better informed about the city than the everage Belgian citizen!
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Old July 31st, 2011, 12:22 PM   #39
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Amazing, very nice photos
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These nightshots are awesome!
Thank you very much for sharing.
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