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Old August 18th, 2008, 09:34 PM   #21
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it looks bad for some reason. if that's what summer looks like over there then it's awful... :/ looks like my city in the middle of December...
What a bit of sunshine can do...

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Old August 18th, 2008, 09:46 PM   #22
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I have to admit that I havn't seen the entire country of Belgium. But I have been to the following cities:

Ličge
Antwerp
Ostend
Ghent
as well as passing through Brussels several times.

It's not a lot, but it is more than just a quick visit. I am not putting Belgium down, just saying what I noticed and I know many others notice this as well. If you don't see it yourself then it is possible that is because you are used to it. Sometimes it takes fresh eyes to notice something. And I have to say one thing, it's better to have honest criticism than people just remaining quiet. After-all, how would things every get fixed then.

I really like Belgium a lot, but I do think it needs a bit of housekeeping so to speak.

Oh, I have to say that it's good news that Antwerp is doing something to their river. I found that to be the most disappointing riverside of any city I have visited. So next time I visit I'll check it out. As for the other projects, that's also good news.
I'm not saying there are no run down areas in the cities. The only thing I want to say is that it's not as widespread as you claim it to be, and that there are lots of renovation projects in these areas. Even the dirty Brussels central station is being renovated as we speak.
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Old August 18th, 2008, 10:21 PM   #23
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Is there a thread on the Antwerp river redevelopment? I hope they also do something on the otherside as well.
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Old August 19th, 2008, 01:59 PM   #24
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nice pics!
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Old August 19th, 2008, 04:45 PM   #25
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Please donīt post any pictures in thread. Thanks.

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Old August 19th, 2008, 06:01 PM   #26
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I have to admit, I really want to visit Brussels properly and see what it's really like as a city. It looks very interesting.
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Old August 19th, 2008, 06:53 PM   #27
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Brussels is always very nice city. I like it a lot...
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Old August 20th, 2008, 10:59 AM   #28
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Itīs nice to read that some people fancy Brussels. I just can say that Brussels is on the way up. There are renovations, new projects, neighbourhoods get better,... Furthermore, I have a feeling that in a while Brussels is gonna be a more popular tourist destination.

In Brussels you have a total different feeling then in Amsterdam or Paris. In Brussels you donīt have this special air... In my opinion Brussels is very geniune and the people are very nice, not to mention the food and the beers.
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Old August 20th, 2008, 12:43 PM   #29
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Hi there. When I made my trip to the city, the weather was equally overcast but I still got the impression that it was a beautiful city. The architecture was lovely and people were friendly to me. Random negative comments may be out there, but did not seem to bear any resemblence to how I experienced my trip. Wonderful photos and wonderful city. Thanks for posting.
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Old August 20th, 2008, 02:59 PM   #30
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I just got back from Brussels yesterday and I have mixed feelings about it.

There are some mayor complains:

- a lot of run-down buildings and even run-down areas
- lack of green and water (that canal doesn't count for me)
- that ugly motherf*cker of a trainstation

And I also haven't really got that big-city-feeling as somebody said here before.

But Brussels is definetely an interesting city and worth a visit!

The Grand Place is just unique and there are lots of interesting buildings to see such as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart or the Palace of Justice. There is really a lot of old and "kleinteiliger Bebauung" ( sorry, I don't know how to translate that ) with some masterpieces spread over it such as the Old England building. There's actually a lot more of old architecture than I'm used to from Germany's bigger cities.

If they'd do some widespread restoration and plant some more trees this could one of the most beautiful cities in Europe!
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Old August 20th, 2008, 03:21 PM   #31
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I went to Brussels in march 2006, during an european tour, and I had a position impression about the city.
In spite of having some run down areas, the grand place area itself makes a visit to the city worth.
Every major city has its ups and downs, and I guess Brussels is underrated.
I guess the main reason for this underrating isnīt the bad aspects of the city itself, but the proximity with cities such as Paris, London and Amsterdam, which eclipse the city.
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Old August 20th, 2008, 04:01 PM   #32
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Great photos, Suomi, thanks for sharing

I spent a few days in Brussels last months on my NW tour – agree, the city is underrated. Yup, the weather was misty when I was there too, but other than that, nice. And yes, Bruges is great, but in a different way than Brussels, Bruges is more like a museum while Brussels is pretty vibrant.
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Old August 20th, 2008, 05:13 PM   #33
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Thanks for your comments!
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Old August 20th, 2008, 10:16 PM   #34
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Hmm, in certain parts of the town probably yes. But as a whole it's one of the most green capitals of europe. Half of the territory of the city is made up by some kind of green. It's mostly concentrated in several big parks and the 4000 hectares of the Sonian Forest on the edge of the town but it's definitely there.
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Old August 21st, 2008, 01:26 AM   #35
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I guess that's right. I had a hotel near Gare du Midi and when I walked to the old town I couldn't see just one tree. The big parks you have are really nice such as the Laken one.

But for a city of 1-2 millions of people it didn't "feel" very green. Hamburg for example has about the same amount of citizins and felt a lot greener, and also bigger cities such as Berlin or even London felt greener IMO.
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^Berlin and London are very green cities.
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Old August 21st, 2008, 09:33 PM   #37
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Hmm, in certain parts of the town probably yes. But as a whole it's one of the most green capitals of europe. Half of the territory of the city is made up by some kind of green. It's mostly concentrated in several big parks and the 4000 hectares of the Sonian Forest on the edge of the town but it's definitely there.
Brussels is not that green.
Statistically yes, but most parks and green spaces and the huge Foret de Soignes are all in the outer districts, the inner districts are not green at all.

And typical Belgian is the lack of trees in inner cities.
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Old August 29th, 2008, 05:53 AM   #38
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The suburbs of Brussels are very, very green but the center is not so green. However, the suburbs are never far away.

I was back in Brussels this weekend and I have to admit that itīs getting better and better every time I come back. One of my favourite cities!
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Old August 30th, 2008, 04:09 PM   #39
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In Brussels you have a total different feeling then in Amsterdam or Paris. In Brussels you donīt have this special air... In my opinion Brussels is very geniune and the people are very nice, not to mention the food and the beers.
Everyone is praising food in Belgium. Considering that I am a lil bit gourmand myself, I have to visit la Belgique as soon as possible. I just wonder if there are large differences in culinary traditions of Flanders and Wallonia.
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