Week #15: a lunchtime through downtown Brussels

Going out to the city center, I’ll try to show a few landmarks in this post.  No, not all of them but just a few from a small walk through downtown Brussels.  The Grand Place, Monnaie, Manneken Pis… stuff like that are probably seen by most people coming to visit the city.  So for those and for others, that’s the theme for my week 15 post.

It was just before Easter, and looking at these eggs on the front of a café, I could date the picture.

Eggs

Eggs

There was some animation going on at the Place de la Monnaie, but I preferred to look up at the shape of the buildings playing geometric games with the nice blue sky.

Place de la Monnaie

Place de la Monnaie

On that same square, here’s the Royal Theatre (actually the Opera).

Théatre Royal de la Monnaie

Théatre Royal de la Monnaie

Hey, again some of the same eggs on a different pub?

Drug Opera

Drug Opera

This used to be the stock exchange.  Now more like an exhibition hall.  There was an exhibition on the theme of the Lego bricks or something.  I didn’t see that, I wanted to move towards the Grand Place area.

Stock Exchange

Stock Exchange

Oohhh the Grand Place… and one of the buildings was enjoying some renovation works so there’s a fake façade to show how it’s supposed to look like when the works will be finished.  I guess you can spot which if fake and which isn’t.

Fake

Fake

And oh yes, here’s another fake.  A chocolate version of our little guy doing his thing.  On chocolates and in public.  Sheesh I don’t know why so many people come over here to see him.  Well yes this guy in the shop window, not the other guy in the street with his camera, is made of chocolate. Unlike the real Manneken Pis.  I think I prefer the one made of chocolate.  At least I would know what to do with him, if it were mine…

Exhibition

Exhibition

And a typical shop window in this area, selling everything a good tourist would need (apparently this includes lots of drinks).  Also featuring an ad for a traditional Brussels theatre play, “Le Mariage de Mademoiselle Beulemans“.

Mademoiselle Beulemans

Mademoiselle Beulemans

 

I was shooting with my Pentax MX, with a Tamron adaptall 28-70mm zoom lens (44A), on Kodak Tmax 400 @ ISO 400.  I developed this roll in R09 1+100 80′ 18C Semi-stand

 

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