13 Oct 2009

MY WORLD - L'Ilot sacré


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In the heart of Brussels is the "Ilot sacré" (sacred island and not secret island as I wrote previously by mistake, sorry) which includes the whole area behind the Grand'Place



It is always a very busy area the whole year around and a well liked place by tourists



Of course in summer it is even nicer




There are lots of shops, cafés and bistros





Beer glass candles



and a little market with all kind of decoration things.




Entering the "secret island" you will find 100 of restaurants, side by side you only have to choose.









These little streets are also called the "devour alley", I think everybody can find what he is looking for and all Belgian specialities are present. In summer, spring and automn you mostly eat outside really on the streets. When it is too cool they have outside heatings. Only when it rains people eat inside.



All little streets land up here in the Gallery St. Hubert



I saw this adorable bronze statue



there are also lots of Belgian chocolate shops



and other decorative things. But you also can find jewelry, clothes etc.

20 comments:

J Bar said...

Lots of interesting places. Thanks for sharing.
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Sylvia K said...

Marvelous captures, Gattina! So colorful! And what a fun looking place! I would love to go there!

Have a great week!

Sylvia

Dirkjogt said...

Always a nice place to visit. Nice place to eat but you don't get everywhere good quality for your money, that's a pitty. Nice pictures.

chrome3d said...

What a tour around the place! I liked your map a lot with all those churches. 100 restaurants? There is too much to choose from for me!

Thom said...

Boy it sure is colorful there. I really like it. :) Great photos :)

Wolynski said...

I've been to Brussels, but never saw this - I guess it was a quick visit. Is steak tartare a Brussels specialty? I had the best one ever in your city.

Tinsie said...

I love that area of Brussels :-)

Maribeth said...

y husband talks so fondly of the Mussels he had many times in Brussels. Yes, Mussels in Brussels! I have heard this story over and over! lol!

LadyFi said...

Great shots and a wonderful introduction to all the wonderful secret nooks of Secret Island!

Happily Retired Gal said...

Thanks for the virtual visit. Your beautiful photos bring back memories of my brief visit to Brussels in the late 1960s ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Lifecruiser Travel Blog said...

Looks like a place for me! Soooo many restaurants! *big eyes*

I love that bronze statue too! Adorable was the right word indeed!

Erin said...

i must include brussels on my travel plans in the future. so many interesting things to see and do. always enjoy visiting your blog. was reading your gadget post...that was cute.

diane said...

I'd love to explore that place and eat at one of the restaurants and plunder a chocolate shop.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful post about the sacred island. I would like to wonder about all the shops, it looks like a fun place.
Thanks for sharing.

Melli said...

Ahhhhhh! The more I see, the more I WANT to see... in person!

Dr.John said...

I loved your tour of the secret sacred island. You do such a good job as a tour guide and take great pictures.

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful pictures!

claudie said...

Just reading your post i can say "Il fait bon vivre in Brussels!!! And more what I like is the fact it is a center for Europe politic and so I imagine you can find different people and languages in the streets! I enjoy the cheap restaurants with belgian specialities!!! Sounds a friendly town!!!!

Amanda said...

This was a great post Gattina! love the bronze statue and I think I saw a kitty ornament? this was fun to look at!

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I am always interested in the interesting places in cities to eat and drink and browse through interesting items. It is always interesting to see pictures of Belgium.

I may be coming to Antwerp and Bruges after Christmas, I am looking forward to it.