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Old August 16th, 2009, 06:55 PM   #1
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Mahratta's Showcase: Brussels

Hello again, folks. I recently returned from an 8 day trip around the Flemish area of Belgium (+ Brussels) and Amsterdam. Here's some pictures from Brussels.

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The Royal Galleries of Saint-Hubert, one of the earliest shopping arcades in Europe. It was built in the early 1900s and renovated in the early 1950s.

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Grand Place, and the Town Hall within it. This was built in the 1400s in the Brabantine Gothic style (Brabant being one of the primary cultural regions of Belgium).

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around Grand Place

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Grand Place was bombarded by the French in the 1700s, and the only surviving building was the Town Hall. The rest was constucted with the aid of guilds, and planned out well architecturally despite the difference in periods of building and architectural styles. So, most of the buildings in Grand Place tend to be guildhouses.

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More to come from Brussels, along with pictures from Antwerp, Bruges, Gent, Amsterdam, and Leuven!

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Old August 16th, 2009, 08:16 PM   #2
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Keep 'em coming! Fantastic pics. I'll bet you had a wonderful trip!
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Old August 16th, 2009, 08:19 PM   #3
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Keep 'em coming! Fantastic pics. I'll bet you had a wonderful trip!
I agree. Grt pics man.
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Old August 17th, 2009, 01:30 AM   #4
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thanks for the comments, guys

TB, it was a great trip!

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some Guildhouses and more Grand Place

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the Town Hall

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Brussels Stock Exchange
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Old August 18th, 2009, 12:11 AM   #5
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Old August 18th, 2009, 12:12 PM   #6
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Great pics! Can't wait for the Antwerp thread

Did you enjoy your stay in Belgium?
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Old August 18th, 2009, 06:16 PM   #7
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Thanks, and yes, I enjoyed it very much!
Antwerp may be the last set of pictures I uploaded, since it was the last city I visited in depth, although I used it as the 'home base' for my trip. I stayed at a relative's house in Ekeren. To be honest, out of all the cities I visited in Belgium and the Netherlands, Antwerp was my favourite. It just has this vibe about the place that makes it fantastic . Regrettably, though, my camera battery died when I was in Antwerp, so I didn't get as many pictures I wanted to

It was a great trip, thanks for asking.

More pictures soon.
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Old August 19th, 2009, 01:08 AM   #8
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Old August 19th, 2009, 11:40 AM   #9
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What I like about Brussels is the fact that you even can see graffiti art in the old town. In most cities they try to clean and neat while in Brussels this seems to be a part of the surreal atmosphere.
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Old August 19th, 2009, 11:51 AM   #10
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Brussels its a great city; thanks @Mahratta for those very nice photos
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Old August 19th, 2009, 02:23 PM   #11
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To be honest, out of all the cities I visited in Belgium and the Netherlands, Antwerp was my favourite. It just has this vibe about the place that makes it fantastic .
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Old August 27th, 2009, 04:07 AM   #12
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Great pictures! Because they are such high quality I kinda wish you had taken more pictures from districts away from the old center as well, but I guess I can't have it all
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Old August 27th, 2009, 05:23 PM   #13
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Great pictures! Because they are such high quality I kinda wish you had taken more pictures from districts away from the old center as well, but I guess I can't have it all
Yeah, I took a few shots away from the old centre. That was on the second trip to Brussels - I'll post more soon! Thanks!
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Old August 27th, 2009, 07:23 PM   #14
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Brussels is fantastic! Good photos.
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Old August 28th, 2009, 07:38 AM   #15
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The city has so many attractive buildings.
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Old August 29th, 2009, 01:13 PM   #16
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Great pics of one of Europe's most underrated cities. Thanks for sharing!
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Old August 29th, 2009, 11:25 PM   #17
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Lovely shots, those buildings are fantastic and great weather too!
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Old August 30th, 2009, 03:38 AM   #18
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Itīs a beautiful city!

Thanks for sharing the pics
I definitely have to come back to a better view over Brussels. I just loved Grand Place
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Old September 14th, 2009, 05:01 PM   #19
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finally, more

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