28 Mar 2011

MY WORLD - Sightseeing in Brussels



I had the visit of my Canadian Blogfriend from Canada Kay together with her husband and I had the pleasure to show them a little of my world in Brussels.



I took them to the Atomium which is the only building left from the world exposition in 1958 and has become a big tourist attraction. I have to say it is very special and impressive it is 102 metres (33( ft) high, with its nine interconnected spheres, The Atomium was closed for nearly two years between 2004 and 2006 for renovation and reopened in 2007. This was when the aluminium sheets were replaced with steel ones. The interiors were also redone.



Looking up



and what you see in the lift, when looking up. The lift speed is 5m (16 ft)/sec





Nice views all over Brussels



The proof that we had been there together



Near the Atomium is the King's castle. King Albert II and his wife Paola prefered to stay in the litle palace where they lived before he became King after the death of his brother Baudouin. Today the castle is inhabited by the crown prince Philip and his family and the ancient King's widow Fabiola.



Beautiful blooming trees in the royal park



Nearby is also the Chinese Pavillion ( Oriental Art Museum)




Because of parking difficulties my picture is not very clear


so I googled this one

To finish our tour some Art Deco, the "Old England" store, designed by Paul Saintenoy in 1898. Today, it accommodates the famous Musical Instruments Museum and a cafe-restaurant on the top floor with a beautiful panoramic view of Brussels.

17 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a fun tour! Terrific captures as always! The Atomium looks awesome and, of course, I love the flowering trees and colors! Wish I could have been there, too!! Enjoy your week, Gattina!

What a fun tour! Terrific captures as always

Kay L. Davies said...

It was a great tour, and we had a lot of fun, didn't we?
Hope to see you in Canada some day.
-- Kay and Dick

J Bar said...

Great to look around.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

eileeninmd said...

How nice to meet up with Kay, I'm sure you all had a fun time together. Great photos and thanks for sharing your world.

Life Ramblings said...

I remember visiting the Atomium. such a beautiful structure and your pictures bring back wonderful memories.

Thom said...

I would so love to see that Atomium in person. It looks fantastic. I love your part of the world. Maybe one day you can take me on a tour. But of course Arthur and Rosie would have to come with us LOL

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Pictures. And, you share great history too.

Joyful said...

Some interesting places on your tour. It's great that you were able to meet Kay and her husband. I'm sure they enjoyed your hospitality! If you come to Canada there are lots of us to visit ;-)

Mar said...

It seems like such a great place to visit and what a sunny day you had!! Glad you all enjoyed the outing.

liberal sprinkles said...

omg I used to live in Brussels! Thanks for taking me back in time!

I bloghopped my way over here, have a great day!

Mama Zen said...

Marvelous pictures!

ladyfi said...

What a great tour! I'm jealous of all your blossoms!

Ai KaiRui Liu said...

what a beautiful place and shots as well..

visiting from My World...
mine's here:
http://kc2009.blogspot.com/2011/03/mag-aso-getaway.html

Mara said...

I've been to that part of Brussels on several occasions, but have never actually been inside the Atomium! I will need to rectify that sometime.

Gracie said...

I missed Brussels when we were in Belgium a few years back, too pity!

Melli said...

Oh! Now you look like you were feeling FINE here! Even downright CHEERFUL! And having GREAT fun with Kay and hubby! How cool! I WANT to visit you and go to the Atomium too!

claudie said...

Thanks for sharing, Gattina! Brussels looks a marvelous town!