12 Aug 2019


New place to observe my servant !




Storm was announced for this weekend, parks, cemeteries and woods were closed. Besides a strong wind, in my area there was nothing, neither in Brussels, but in other parts of Belgium there were quite a lot of damages.

After having played the cleaning women I needed to go out, otherwise I would have gone crazy. It's not so easy to live with an elderly person who is plenty of tocs and stubborn like a mule and it is even worse when it is your own husband. He has changed so much that it is very difficult for me to get used to this new person. I choose the Shopping center, because there was no wind, there were benches and cafés and .... ice cream.

It's a nice place and has the same boutiques and shops as we have here in the city center. The only difference is, that you can go there anytime, in rain or snow or heat !

I did some window shopping, watched the kids on their roller skates and had a delicious ice cream ! Feeling better I returned home.

On Sunday I met  Claire from her Photo Blog, whom I know in Blogworld for quite a while, we had met on Photo memes where we both participated. When I heard that she also lived in Brussels, I proposed to meet. It took some time until we finally found a day for our meeting and it was this Sunday.

We met at the Central station and although we never had seen each other "life" I recognized her and she recognized me. We didn't need to present to each other and Klara (or Claire) suggested to go to the "Old England" building, which is a beautiful Art Deco style building constructed by the Belgian architect Paul Saintenoy in 1898–99. It had been a department store a large retailer in downtown Brussels. Today it houses the Museum of Musical Instruments, founded in 1877, which forms part of the group of Royal Museums for Art and History.

On top on the 8th floor is a restaurant. I had never been in this restaurant. I knew the store from when I was 20 or so, and the museum I had never visited either. So it was very interesting for me.  We took the real old elevator to the 8th floor and found a nice place protected from the strong wind, which blew nearly the umbrellas away.
The view over Brussels was amazing and I took a few pictures. I had never seen Brussels from there.

We chatted and chatted and in no time suddenly nearly 3 h had passed ! We both returned to the Central Station where she took a bus home and I my train.

It had been a real nice afternoon and I think we will repeat this more often.


  1. Several things were cancelled here in the Netherlands. And as I drove along on Saturday, I could feel the wind tugging at my bus!

  2. Cute photo of the cat with the china cat! It is hard to deal with some people who really do change as they get older.

  3. Well done! The meeting with Claire, the chat, the ice-cream - a day well spent.

  4. Awww, on the kitty and yes they need a good place to watch their servants.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday, Gattina. ♥

  5. Time flies when you're having a good chat with a friend - sounds like a fun day.

  6. What a delightful meeting with another blogger. And what a wonderful place, to meet.

    I am sorry that your husband has changed so much, with age. I suppose it is what we used to call 'Hardening of the Arteries.' But today they have more fancy names, for a sad effect of old age. Must be very difficult for the lone care giver.

    Gentle hugs

  7. Storm or not, it was good to get together with another blogger.

  8. It is funny how you can see something new in your city and be surprised about it. It is a great looking building and so nice that you both met and enjoyed each others company.


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