5 May 2009

MY WORLD - Brussels Scarecrow exposition


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On saturday a scare crow festival was organized on the Grand'Place in Brussels. You could vote and the best one got a price.

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When I arrived the center was crowded with tourists !

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The sun was shining and people had a nice time

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This was not a scarecrow but a young man who played "statue"

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When I arrived at the Grand'Place it was already full !

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The scarecrows weren't scary at all they were rather very nice, creative and original !

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Of course my favourite one was the puss in boots !

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A group of students were listening to the explanations of their guides

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Young men and women distributed vote bulletins and explained the scarecrows to the visitors.

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This is not a scarecrow, is written here. It shows the Atomium left and a beer bottle right

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A diver

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Just before I arrived there was a wedding here, because it is the entrance of the Brussels city hall, that's why you see all confettis on the ground. Now a tourist guide with a red ombrella starts to make a tour
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behind the students is the Taverne "Le roi d'Espagne" (King of Spain) which had been the place of my first dates when I was around 20 !

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I live now 50 years in Brussels but this place amazes my always by its beauty

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living scarecrows !

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All restaurants or cafés were full ! The waiter wears the traditional costume

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Just on the left of the Grand'Place is a bar called "The coffin". It is a long time I have been in there, but apparently it hasn't changed at all. The inside is decorated as a graveyard, the tables are coffins and the glasses are skulls !

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and this is the entrance !

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Just before the Grand Place is a little place where on weekends a market is put up with artisanal craftworks. Jewelry, statues, dresses, etc.

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People are lining up to taste the famous belgian chips (I refuse the word french fries, because they were invented in Belgium and have nothing to do with France)

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A glance back

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Each time there are problems with refugees because they don't have official papers, they are housed in this church and welcomed its priest. Sometimes there are hunger strikes too.

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A little parc just opposite the central station

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where I took my train back to Waterloo (only 20 min)

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but had a last glance on all the tourists waiting in the bus to be carried in and around Brussels.
I someway felt a little like being on holidays too !

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15 comments:

Indrani said...

What fun events! I enjoyed being part of this today. :)

Babooshka said...

This is one of the maddest my world's but so much fun.

EastCoastLife said...

It's such a fun event! the scarecrows are so cute. Which one did you vote?

Wolynski said...

Brussels is gorgeous - I visited once years ago. Never mind the scarecrows (although they're fun), the real trip here is the coffin bar. And it's been there for decades?

diane said...

Thank you for showing us your very interesting world. What a fun festival. Your pics were great. Brussels' Grand Place is so tpically European. So different to here. I visited Brussels in 1970 and remember the Atomium and the lovely buildings.

barb said...

What an fun and interesting event, Gattina! My favorite may be Puss in Boots, too! Brussels looks so beautiful! Skull glasses? I think the graveyard motif may be a bit too creepy for me!

bluedreamer27 said...

it seems to be so fun and exciting event

Shionge said...

Oh my dear friend, you brought back fond memories for me as I was in the Grand Palace back in 1990 during my honeymoon :D

What a show there and such fun too, is this an annual affair? Very very nice, thank you.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Very interesting Gattina. Thanks for sharing us your culture. What an interesting write. I like the colour and the design of your blog.

Dr.John said...

You are so lucky to live so close to events like this. I enjoyed all the pictures.

erin said...

what a lovely day...i too think the puss in boots scarecrow would be my favorite ^..^ your city is lovely, just lovely. some day i will have to stop in for a visit.
have a wonderful wednesday.

Tinsie said...

What a fantastic event! Does it take place every year?

Hootin' Anni said...

Excellent. Altho, it didn't load quickly for me, I was patient.

Super.

I too think I like the Puss N Boots best.

Amanda Guthrie said...

Fantastic things to see, I would have to say Puss was my favorite also he was adorable. So I saw the sign claiming the Waffle was not a Scarecrow what the heck was it then?

Wonder Turquette said...

Vos jolies photos me font vivre cet événement comme si j’étais là, à Bruxelles! Il y a peu, j’ai lu dans un journal un classement des grandes villes européennes et Bruxelles avait été classée comme la ville la plus ennuyante de l’Europe. Je pense que c’est une grande injustice envers cette ville qui m’a toujours paru active et pleine de couleurs! Merci encore une fois pour partager avec nous votre belle journée. Je vous souhaite un joyeux weekend! :-)