I was fortunate enough to live in Brussels when they had famous Brussels Flower Carpet. Every two years, almost all of the Grand Place of flowers is covered, so that it makes a colorful and spectacular sight. The Belgians and tourists enjoy the flower show in midsummer for a few days in August. If you climb to the top of a building you can see the whole picture. I think next year is the next time so sign up!!! I was fortunate to be living there, rather working in Brussels the last time the famous Flower Carpet was installed. As I have understood, this party-show is held every two years in summer. Nearly all of the Grand Place of flowers is covered, so that it makes a colorful and spectacular sight. The owner of this idea has been commisioned by other cities and I think similar drawings were done of petals in Barcelona. However, I do not know if it is patriotism or because I get along so well with the Belgians, that I think that there isn't anywhere that the carpet of flowers is displayed that is as majestic as in Brussels. And I believe it, because if anything is beautiful in Brussels, its the magnificent Heritage Square. Something called the Grand Place isn't a goodframework for a canvas of flowers. The Belgians and tourists can enjoy the flower show in midsummer for a few days in August . If you climb to the top of a building you can see the whole picture. I think the next flower canvas is next year so be there!
One of the best ways to explore this city is by boat. You will not be disappointed if you travel by boat around the canals. You can go at any time of year, except in the harsh winter months. It takes about a half hour and I can assure you it is a very pleasant experience. The beauty of the buildings takes another perspective from sea level.
I shared this place on minube because I think there aren't a lot of people ve have have come in after it reopened and to take advantage and say that unless you're big fans, it's not really worth it, especially for the 9 euros they charge. It's a thousand times better outside.
I had the luck since I was there on erasmus, it just so happened that they opened it that year and for me it was free, but it was a big disappointment. The best are the views and going up the escalators because it's like you're going up in a space ship. Even so, it's curious to see the spaces they've created, they're not much and not very big, in fact the cafeteria only has four kid-sized tables, believe me, I'm not exaggerating.
To highlight a room they have created for the children to spend the night if they want, where they have hammocks hung from the ceiling with chains so that the child does not fall they seem odd. Anyway, if you see my pictures, not much more inside because it's smaller than it seems. Still if you want to see the price is 9 euros, or 6 for students or children and the hours are from 10 to 18.
Sometimes it is surprising that in monumental cities like Brussels the most well-known landmark, as in this case, is a small statue 50 cm high of a boy urinating, which everyone would pass without even looking if it weren't for the multitude of people crowding around taking photos. It personally does not do anything for me. I do not think there's anything exceptional about it or that it has any great quality, but now that I think about it, the same goes for the bear with the strawberry tree in Puerta del Sol in Madrid, where the main interest is knowing where he will be relocated whenever there is construction in Puerta del Sol
Bruges (Brugge in Dutch, German Brügge) is a Dutch-speaking city of Belgium located in the Flemish area. It is the capital and the largest city of the West Flanders province. It has been a member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities of UNESCO since 2000. Along with the Spanish city of Salamanca, it was also the European Capital of Culture in 2002. Because it has many channels that run through it, it's often called "Venice of the North". There are also remains of a fortress and some mills. Even today, Bruges is still an important port.
Stores like this are very unusual to find in Spain, though in Belgium there are plenty of them. In Brussels you'll find quite a few. To me, they are beautiful and charming!! The Passage du Nord is a gallery covered with windows, and adorned with beautiful sculptures. Among its facilities we can find anything ranging from craft shops to fashion boutiques.
This is a typical brewery and it is curious to see as it has more than 500 types of beer glasses that you can ask for around 3-4 €, prices can also ranges between 8-13 € for 2 L depending on the type of beer you ask for. Inside it is all decorated with many posters advertising brands, often it is full so finding a free seat is a bit difficult. It's right opposite the Jeanneken Pis.
The chair of Brussels is close to Central Station in the city and is a spectacular Gothic building built at the bottom of a staircase in uptown Brussels. It is there to show that his majesty is still great. They began constructing it in 1226 and did not complete it until 1500. The stained glass inside the cathedral is from the XVI, XVII and XIX. centuries and is wonderful. On a sunny day it gives the building a beautiful light and it was a shame that my last visit was at night. The interior of the ship is impressive. It has sixteen side chapels, a choir on three levels, the ambulatory where the Blessed Sacrament Chapel is, the Treasury, and the chapels of Our Lady of Deliverance and Maes. It is a gothic masterpiece.
Great .. Then what can you say about this picture! One cold winter day I was strolling along street this street down which I had traveled several times. This time I had my camera and was noticing every detail when I saw the perfect shot for that day. Ghent is a modern city but I managed to get a conservative look with its old facades of old buildings. Certainly, if you go to Belgium, do not miss Ghent and its squares full of symmetrical buildings!
The Beguines were women ve belonged to this association which was founded in the thirteenth century. Their goal was to lead an almost monastic life and to help the poor and disadvantaged. They lived in closed places, with their own church, infirmary and services, and a nice central garden, which at the time of blooming of the daffodils is amazing.
The same thing happens to me with books as with movies. I put myself in the plot so much that when I'm finished it's like I invented another character. I am one of them. I'm on stage. But then the magic fades away. However, in Brussels there is a place that makes me get that feeling every time I step in front of Notre Dame de Sablon Church. Why? Because it was in one of the scenes of the movie The Pillars of the Earth. So I walk slowly to relive what Ken Follet said happened in this XV century gothic Church of XV century. It's a beauty that demands our attention.
Well, two days ago I returned from Belgium and I have some new photos of the Lake of Love or Minnewater. I hope you like them, this time I traveled along the entire lake and it was gorgeous. I certainly am a lover of Bruges and I recommend that everyone goes there because I know that you won't be disappointed if you visit. It's like going back in time and suddenly finding yourself in the 15th century. For me, walking through its streets and canals is an unforgettable experience and every time I'm there I find new, magical places.
This is a beautiful Gothic-style building which was begun in the fifteenth century, making it one of the oldest town halls in the country. Here you can see the Palace of Justice and the Basilica, as well as the town hall. You can access the latter for a few euros, and can admire its interior, with large nineteenth century tapestries, decorative objects, and a huge vault. The audio guide will help you enjoy some interesting facts about the history of the city. I also recommend visiting the church, which houses some fascinating relics.
Ghent Cathedral is impressive mainly for its huge tower, which is a more than 100 meters high and multi-storied square structure, which you can only go up during the Ghent Festivities in summer, by a narrow spiral staircase. You have to pay to enter the Cathedral, and inside the most famous work is the polyptych of the Mystic Lamb, from the Flemish painters the Van Eyck brothers, ve have a statue in their honor near the cathedral.
Like Antwerp and Bruges, I fell in love at first sight. It is a beautiful town, with the melancholy from the medieval centuries. It has great spaces and extraordinary posts, where you can imagine yourself in a long dress with a shawl covering your shoulders. Both are Central European cities that you must visit.
Next to Muelle de los Granos and the Hiervas you can find the Guild House Grain Meters, the Guildhall of the Free Boatmen, the Wheat house ... Each house has its own history but together they are testimony to the huge growth of the economy during the Middle Ages in Ghent. In most of the original buildings only the facades are preserved. Behind some of the facades a new hotel has been built. In one of the two sides (I forget which) you can take a little boat for a ride down the river. It is an ideal place to sit and relax and enjoy a nice view.
If you are planning to travel to Bruges during the high season, I would recommend booking an accommodation or hotel close to the city center as it can be a bit difficult to get around the city. Furthermore, if you stay in the center you can better enjoy the beauty of Bruges.
Bruges is one of the nicest cities in Belgium - if you like medieval architecture, this city is for you. Since 2000, the city center of Bruges has been a UNSESCO World Heritage Site for understandable reasons.
My absolute favourite monument is the Belfry of Bruges, located in the historic center of the city. If you want to have I look, the opening times are Monday-Sunday 9.30 AM to 5:00 PM. The entrance fee depends on your age, but it ranges between 6 and 8.00 euros.
To reach the 83 meter-tall top of the bell tower you have to climb more than 300 steps. If you are lucky you might get the chance to listen to some of the 47 bells which are still in use today.