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The summer of 2013 and again this summer I took a walk around Brussels, my beloved city. I already posted the photo series on the belgian forum, but a bit more of Brussels in the international section won't harm right. :)
I walked around different neighborhoods and hope you’ll see Brussels is much more than the Grand Place and the crappy tourist shops around it.
I'll begin with the tour of 2013.
I started at Porte de Hal/Hallepoort metro station and took a walk through the Saint-Gilles neighborhood to the Parc de Forest. Saint-Gilles is very diverse, in population and in general.

Parc at Porte de Hal
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Saint-Gilles has some lovely art nouveau buidings
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The Parvis de Saint-Gilles is a very nice square with nice cafés and restaurants
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Right next to the Parvis square, there is a little hidden park
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The Saint-Gilles town hall in the back
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This residential towers sticks out like a sore thumb between the classic townhouses. It’s built on one of the highest points in the city, so the views must be amazing though
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The parc de Forest
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View from the nearby Parc Duden towards the city center. The palace of justice looks very imposing
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Between the bushes, you can spot some glimpse of the business district on the other side of the city
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This is it for now. Here I took the subway towards the city center to continue my walk.
More pics will follow!
 

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Arrived in the city center
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The old stock exchange building on the right. There are plans to make this square and parts of the connecting boulevards car free.
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Place de Brouckère
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The Manhattan center in the north district
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The rue Neuve/Nieuwstraat, the main shopping street downtown
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The Boutanique/Kruidtuin
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View over the garden and the north district
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That’s part 2 of my walk. The 3rd and last part of this walk is coming.
 

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Third part of my walk begins at the backside of the north train station. It’s a bit run down and poor over there and it’s a prostitution area. This is lower Schaerbeek.

Looking toward the other side of the train station, an office area. Urban chaos over here
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Angel on top of a peep show building
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The rue de Brabant is a very busy Arab shopping street. The parallel rue d’Aerschot is the window prostitution street of the city. Very weird contrasts around.
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Climbed up the hill through a nice little park for this view on the north district. It’s take more than a year ago, the residential tower in the back is finished by now.
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Atomium
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Belgium’s highest residential building
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We’re entering the upper parts of Schaerbeek, a nice residential area
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This is the second highest residential tower in Belgium
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Belgians aren’t that nationalistic, the photos were taking some days before we had our new king, so that explains the Belgian flags
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Nice urban view
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Balcony scene
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Beautiful art nouveau at the squares
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We’re coming closer to the European neighborhood
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Europe
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Residential tower in the back is almost finished by now
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Leopold park
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The area has quite a big construction boom. It’s a good thing, for years it had been kind of neglected
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Here, at the Luxembourg train station, I took the train back home
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So far for the 2013 tour
 

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I hate it when people call this city boring, to me it's one of the most interesting cities in europe. Great Photos! :)
Thanks man :)
I don't think the 'boring' image of Brussels is fair either, but i can understand why.
There are alot of boring office buildings, too many cars and some bad urban planning decisions made since the 1950s.
If you can look past that, there are indeed really cool places to discover.
I'm glad to hear you did find the charm!
 

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Love the shots!
This is the second highest residential tower in Belgium
Actually it's the third highest, you forgot the Europacentrum in Ostend! :eek:
Belgians aren’t that nationalistic, the photos were taking some days before we had our new king, so that explains the Belgian flags
Ah well, don't underestimate our nationalism. The special event will surely had its part, but cities like Brussels and Liège (and their inhabitants) are fairly nationalistic all year round.
 

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:eek: Wow! Stunning urban shots Kweenie! :eek:kay:
Thanks again Benonie!
You're doing a great job promoting Brussels and Belgium in the international section yourself. Big fan of your pictures!

I find this city quite interesting...places you've shown are great and full of life.
for me, the Grand Place is still the city's landmark and I can still feel the joy I experienced
when I was there.
Yes, the Grand Place is stunning and definately the most beautiful place in Brussels. :)
I didn't go there because there are much better photographers who can capture the beauty of it.
I just took a walk through neighborhoods i like and hope to show some parts of the everyday Brussels that is less photographed.
 

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Love the shots!

Actually it's the third highest, you forgot the Europacentrum in Ostend! :eek:
Of course! I'm sorry Ostend. I always thought Brusilia in Schaerbeek was higher than the Europacenter, don't know why. (And thanks! :))

Ah well, don't underestimate our nationalism. The special event will surely had its part, but cities like Brussels and Liège (and their inhabitants) are fairly nationalistic all year round.
That might be true, but all the belgian flags in the streets do give a wrong impression if you don't know what was going on at the time.
 

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Great collection of urban pictures, capturing the hustle and bustle of the city but also some of the quainter areas. I love the turn of the century architecture in Brussel(s)!
Thank you! :)
That's exactly what i wanted to show.
There is the chaos Brussels is known for, but if you take a few steps out of the center you'll find lovely neighborhoods that havent changed that much in the last 100 years.
 

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Time for walk number 2! Pictures are taken this summer on a sunny Thursday.

We start at the Midi station. It’s Brussels most important train station, with high speed trains like Eurostar, TGV and Thalys connecting Brussels to other important cities. What might surprise is the fact that the station is surrounded by relatively poor neighborhoods. The area around the front entrance is called Kuregem and has quite a bad reputation. It’s not really the place for tourists, although it does have some surprisingly nice buildings, a brewery you can visit and the largest and most colorful markets in weekends.

The lot next to the train station is now a desolate place. There are plans to build some new office towers (partly residential we hope).
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This one would get a neighbor of about the same height
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We walk further into Kuregem. This is the Anderlecht city hall building in the middle.
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Like I said, this is a poor neighborhood, but it does have a lot of architectural quality
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We arrive at the busy ringroad around the city center
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This is one of the central boulevards that cut right through the city center. There are plans to make parts of them car free 17
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Fancy old add sign next to less fancy new ones
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One of the most run down looking building complexes in the city center. It’s located right next to the busy railroad that cuts through town, so a lot of people look at it every day. Fortunately there now are plans to redevelop the site. Good news and not a day too soon.
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People there seem to care about gender equality. Why not 
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We now enter the Marolles, another rather poor neighborhood in the low parts of Brussels. It’s known to have a lot of charm, especially the daily flea market.
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Some project with new design shops right next to the flea market, gentrification has begun.
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We’re going up towards the totally different high parts of Brussels!
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The palace of justice is just too big for pictures.
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This is it for part one. More posh areas in the upper parts of the city will follow!
 

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Thanks guys :)

We arrived at Louise, the place where you’ll find all the big brands like Chanel, Armani, Vuitton,.. It’s just a climb away from the Marolles flea market.
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The Egmontpark, located behind the big Hotel tower, is a real gem
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Popular shopping streets on both sides, but they are still divided by this big city highway. It’s a shame
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The shopping neighborhood around Toison d’Or is becoming a good alternative for the crowded shopping streets downtown
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Avenue Louise
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Rue Jourdan is a great spot if you’re looking for restaurants
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Glamping in the middle of the city, it’s possible at Vintage hotel
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Back on avenue Louise
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The newly added floors cover a rather explicit mural by street artist Bonom
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Imposingly chique hotel. Needless to say this is a very posh area
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The Avenue Louise itself is rather dull architecture wise, a lot of post war apartment buildings. But the side streets often contain some hidden treasures
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Rue du Bailli
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The area around Chatelain is full of nice buildings and cosy restaurants. Still it’s a very calm place to live
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This neighborhood often reminds me of a little Paris
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Avenue Molière is one of the most posh avenues. A lot of embassies settled down here
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The avenue itself is quite peaceful and we’re rather far from the city center, but the city chaos is never far away. Just looking down a side street 87


Last part of the walk goes to the Flagey area.
 

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Are you planning to make some more walks with your camera like this? :)
I'd love to! I've got some new walks in my head already.
When i have a whole day off and weather's good i might do it again.
I live in Antwerp at the moment, so we'll see when it works out. :)

Marolles looks interesting, multicultural and lively. Fantastic market shots.
Thanks. I love the market too. Tourists have found their way there,
but still it remains very authentic.
If you visit Brussels, you really should go there.
 
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