27 Mar 2012

OUR WORLD - Brussels


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Once a month I drive my neighbor to the hospital Edith Cavell, dedicated to her as a a British nurse and patriot. She is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from all sides without distinction and in helping some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during World War I, for which she was arrested, found guilty of treason and sentenced to death.

Vivi has to go there for an eye check up and a shot. The hospital is located in Uccle which is one of the nineteen municipalities of Brussels. Uccle is mainly known as a residential "posh" area, its green spots and its high rental rates.

While she was busy with her check up, I took the opportunity and strolled through the streets, in which the old city residences of the upper class are still standing untouched, at least from outside.

They mostly date from 18 hundred to beginning 19 hundred. Today they are nearly all converted to flats, only very few families still live in these big houses.




The hospital dedicated to Edith Cavell



and a closer look on her monument



opposite the street is a flower shop



and a Taverne where you can eat and drink



The trees are blooming in the warm sunshine



and the flowers too.













The old houses





with their decoration and





the beautiful balconies in cast iron



this house dated from 1910

13 comments:

Randi said...

Terrific captures of a city I love.

Jaime Clark said...

Your pictures transform the buildings and street corners into fine art.

diane b said...

The houses are beautiful.

eileeninmd said...

I love the houses and balconies. Thanks for sharing your tour of this city. Have a wonderful day.

wenn said...

when I was in Brussels last year, I only saw the Manneken pis, the male one but not the female one. Could u pls post the female one? Thx

Sylvia K said...

Such a lovely place! I, too, love the houses and balconies and the small shops! I would love to stroll those streets and spend some time there. Terrific captures for the day, Gattina! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Sylvia

A Lady's Life said...

lovely old buildings and signs of spring. What more can one want :)

Maribeth said...

The balconies are all lovely. I love the old architecture.

Jenny Woolf said...

Some of those big houses are beautiful, I can imagine the huge rooms inside them.
Edith Cavell came from Norfolk, and I have just read a biography of her. What an incredible woman indeed. Really noble.

Emille said...

Glad you told about Edith Cavell -she is a true hero! And I LOVE the cast iron balcony!

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful buildings. I wish I could transport Sydney City Councillors there for a few weeks. Our new developments all seem to look like the old East Germany.

Cezar and Léia said...

YOu did a great job here in this post about Brussels,very interesting article with adorable pictures!
Léia

Genie said...

You definitely gave us a great feel for the city of Brussels in these picture. There was a little bit of everything ferom history to flowers to buildings...it is such an interesting and pretty post. Your photos are lovely. genie