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Old August 2nd, 2011, 02:35 PM   #41
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120. The central performance happened in Grand Place


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Old August 2nd, 2011, 02:42 PM   #42
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definitely, a gret photo tour.
I really enjoyed looking at them.
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Old August 6th, 2011, 11:24 PM   #43
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144. The same church as in #142 in daylight



145. Another cool palace-like building in the end of my hotel street to which sadly I hadn't time to get



146. Brussels offers also some hilly perspectives



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148. A lonely Art Nouveau example



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Old August 8th, 2011, 12:35 AM   #44
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151. Too bad I didn't managed to visit this magnificent church - Basilika of Koekelberg - from distance it looked very impressive



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155. Low flying plane over Brussels centre



156. Dexia building



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Old August 8th, 2011, 10:16 PM   #45
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159. This building associates to me with early 20th Century, vaudeville era or something like that. Very charming.



160. But this building "warms up" us to Madrid... Because there 12-14 floor high historical buildings are common thing



161. Still, before Madrid we have some cool places to explore in Brussels. "Brussels Manhattan" - one of them. I liked the avenue with trees and pavements in between, glassy modern buildings on sides, just some shops or cafes always lacks in this type of districts



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Old August 9th, 2011, 12:24 AM   #46
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Very nice pictures!



Btw, this is the building of the Belgian State Security & Intelligence Service (our own little CIA)
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Old August 20th, 2011, 11:06 PM   #47
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I didn't know that. It looks like that kind of building anyway...

Fantastic end of your Brussels serial! Thanks for posting them. Vecais!
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161. Still, before Madrid we have some cool places to explore in Brussels. "Brussels Manhattan" - one of them. I liked the avenue with trees and pavements in between, glassy modern buildings on sides, just some shops or cafes always lacks in this type of districts
Indeed! After office hours it's dead over there. There should be more apartments, cafés, shops and even a leisure center.

A pitty you didn't climb the dome of the Basilica. The views up there are stunning.
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Old August 21st, 2011, 12:11 AM   #48
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Stunning pictures of Brussels!
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Old August 21st, 2011, 12:18 AM   #49
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those are greatly designed modern crapers.
I can't wait to see that area grow in massiveness.
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Old August 21st, 2011, 12:35 PM   #50
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Fantastic pics showing how diverse Brussels is
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 12:01 AM   #51
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And te second part, Madrid???, after 175 fantastic pictures of Brussels
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 11:27 AM   #52
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Thanks, guys! I'm feeling inspiration to continue - soon, very soon...

Btw, there will be more about 20-30 pics from Brussels and then - it's Madrid's turn!
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 12:36 PM   #53
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Wonderful shots of Brussels - looks like a lovely city!
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Old August 24th, 2011, 09:19 PM   #54
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Pictures from Brussels symbol - Atomium, probably the second most famous Expo structure after Eiffel tower.

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179. Inside, before elevator



180. Nice view over all the city is enjoyable from highest platform, because Atomium is located in one side (I guess, it's North-Eastern side) of Brussels. This should be a view to North, where as you see, after Expo complex the city already ends. It's quite a surprise to me, that areas around Expo complex haven't developed further for more than 50 years...



181. We are turning to West... What's that enormous "groundlicker" building? and how large it is??



182. Brussels red rooftops between green trees



183. Again back to Expo complex



184. Countryside



185. View in direction to south (most of the city here)



186. Some massive blocks



187. Another massive blocks



188. I just love these small, narrow houses, built tightly together - it is so cosy as the large, dense city environment can be!



189. Just look at them



190. Beautiful traffic ring below Atomium

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It's quite a surprise to me, that areas around Expo complex haven't developed further for more than 50 years...
It's going to be completely redeveloped in the coming years (NEO-project):

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The expo-area is on the north western edge of Brussels, not north east.
Behind that quarter is the Flemish Region. Flanders will remain the region next to Brussels Capital Region as green and Flemish as possible.
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193. Brussels highrise quarter looks quite large from afar



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196. Another cosy bunch of houses



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198. Mini Europe park - this will be our next and last stop in Brussels.



199. Panorama over all the city's central part



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Now we'll take a trip around all EU - it's most popular tourism object in Brussels, Mini Europe. There you can take a look at miniature buildings in scale of 1:25 - famous symbols of EU countries.

201. Cosy cafes just before entrance..



202. Always nice to see something related to home. This signpost clearly shows that I'm right in the middle of my journey - 1500 km away from Riga and about the same distance still to go to Madrid.



203. Oil platform as a part of EU industrial symbols...



204. Well, what could that be... UK parliament, I guess?



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208. Now we are visiting the corner devoted to Nordic & Baltic countries. This is Copenhagen, Denmark's capital.



209. Still CPH...



210. Stockholm represents itself with it's Towhnall building



211. And this is... Latvia. To be honest, I was ashamed to see that Riga represents itself only with Liberty monument. The monument itself is great and it's a symbol of Latvia's independence, but here it is so small and Latvia's place looks so empty, that it leaves a pity boring impression. One could think that all Riga has to offer is this one monument, but there could be scale models of so many other splendid buildings from Riga, to name House of Blackheads, Dom and Peter's churches, Riga castle, National opera and Alberta street's Art Nouveau wonders just as a few of them. Who would get an idea to come to Riga after visiting it's place in Mini Europe? I think, noone.



212. And now compare it to neighbouring Vilnius... Lithuanians knows how to represent their capital. A couple of Germans walked by there and said: "Das ist schones Stadt!" (This is beautiful city!).



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217. Well, Tallinn's representation wasn't much better than Riga's



218. And this is Finland

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Last portion of Brussels pictures.

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245. Back to centre and then to Charleroi airport!

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We are eager to see the pictures of madrid!
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