Outside the Central Station I admired these huge flower pots, which I had never noticed, maybe due to the normally heavy traffic.
The boulevards were empty and it was nice to walk without fear to be ran over.
In the new pedestrian area people started to arrive and had breakfast
A little sport afterwards
and empty streets !
I arrived at the Grand' Place. The sun was shining and it was quite warm !
For the "Folklorissimo" festival stalls had been put up around the place. There you could eat and drink Belgian food. All guilds were represented.
Geant puppets waited to be carried around
A painter immortalised the Grand'Place
This man was part of the security service
A hand organ from Berlin
One man walked a Manneken Pis around and sprinkeled on the people ! What a fun !
Waiter carried trays full with glasses over obstacles much to the fun of the watching people !
A young mother tried to knot her baby on her back
The police had a little smoking break
Three of the men on the picture below belong to the mustache guild
and some people walked around in middle age costumes and posed with the tourists. It was so nice sitting there and having fun with all the people around that when I left I realized that I had spent more than two hours sitting on a chair on the Grand'Place in the sunshine.
Around the Grand'Place was a flea market
The Belgian fries had a lot of success and there were long lines of people waiting to buy their sachet.
It really had been a very nice day and without any major incident. The King and Queen and their 4 children were in the city too with their bicycles and drove around. In one of the tunnels in Brussels young people had organized a concert and danced to the music.
At 7 pm it was over, the pedestrians escaped to the side walks and the cars flooded the city !
more participants here