30 Nov 2010
MY WORLD - Brussels North Station
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25 years ago I used to take the train every day from Waterloo to Brussels North. I knew the North station very well. Behind the station was the red zone with the girls sitting in the windows mostly knitting and when I saw the chair empty with the knitting needles and the wool I knew that they had a client.
So I was more than surprised when I went by train to Brussels North Station and didn't recognize anything ! The whole district had completely changed and I even had to ask for the most famous street for shopping the "Rue Neuve" which I couldn't find. There were buildings like glass boxes which had grown a little everywhere.
Bruxelles-Nord (Brussels North) is one of the three major railway stations in Brussels; the other two are Brussels Central and Brussels South.
Every regular domestic and international train (except Thalys and the weekdays IC-B to Amsterdam) passing here also has a planned stop.
The station is now in the middle of the Northern Quarter business district, with several corporation headquarters, government offices and Flemish ministries which hadn't existed before, all the old beautiful buildings had been torn down and only a few are left.
From the North Station only the tower hadn't changed. It was still the same than 53 years ago
but the station had been enlarged and modernized. Nothing was left from the good old North Station
That's how it looks today
one more uglier than the other
But they also had built new appartment houses
and finally my old street hadn't changed
The rue Neuve early mornings usually there are so many people shopping here that you hardly can walk.
The old Galery where I used to eat an ice cream with my girl friends was still there
But the movie theatre had become a store
Quiet disappointed I returned home.