Wednesday, September 28, 2011

This is not my beautiful house

The work of Bruegel(s), Bosch and Magritte - he has a whole gallery - wasn't the only art we appreciated in Belgium. There was a lot of interesting architecture - in particular, Art Nouveau buildings are something to look out for in Brussels. We had a coffee in the rooftop cafe at the amazing Musical Instruments Museum. Now I wish I had made the time to check out the exhibits as well, but, you can't do everything!
This is the beautiful Maison Cauchie, which we just stumbled across after leaving the Military Museum.
Above, the Brussels-Central Railway Station - designed by Victor Horta.
In Ghent we visited the excellent Design Museum.
The Egmont statue took a bit of finding - we knew he was no longer in the Grand Place, but it turned out he wasn't quite in Egmont Park either, but in another park just across the way.
I also pointed the camera at a lot of street art.


Anonymous said...

Amazing photos again my love. ily ma

catsmum said...

love that wonderful railing - I think there's a quilt in that!

Olivia said...

Catsmum, I'd love to see where that idea goes. There's another image (not mine) here.

bertie said...

Cool pics! I think I'll have to come back with them for a proper savour :)

amy said...

Nice photos--I especially like what they've done with that broken window!

Donna Lee said...

Hehe. I love the public art where the legs are sticking out of the mouth. Made me chuckle. I think we've lost a bit of the idea of making public spaces beautiful here. Our spaces tend to be utilitarian and don't have the touches that make them unique.

Hashi said...

What a great trip! Wonderful photos! Re your comment on my blog: yes, that colourful picture is a window in the Bergdof Goodman department store. They had 'clotheslines' hung with Barbie-sized clothes in front of and behind the mannequins. The image also caught the reflection of the buildings opposite. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

Alwen said...

That was enjoyable! We'll be spending a couple of weeks in the Netherlands ourselves soon. Now I'm getting nervous/excited!

Kermit Lukacs said...

It's fantastic how you don't need to go to an exhibit to learn something about the city... the city itself is already dotted with all these architectural wonders and graffiti you can feast your eyes upon! Even the windows come in unique makes and styles!

Brendan Amorose said...

I couldn't help but gasp in awe at these artful wonders in the streets of Belgium. Everything is art inspired and very renaissance-like. Every corner seems to have a little part of history and culture in it.