CHRISTMAS MARKET IN BRUSSELS
Sunday I took the train to Brussels to see the Christmas tree on Grand'Place and the Christmas market. It is very hard to find a parking space in the city center that's why I prefered to take the train. On week-ends it is very cheap, from Waterloo to Brussels only 3.80 € for a return ticket. The Central station as the word says is just a few meters from the Grand'Place away. For those who don't know where Waterloo is located, it is just 15 km away from Brussels and almost considered as a suburb.
First thing I saw was this hotel, just in front of the station and also the crowd which moved towards the Grand'Place.
All around the central station the beautiful old houses had been demolished in the 60th and replaced by these ugly glass buildings. Here is one which fortunately survived.
Walking futher I thought that whole Belgium plus tourists had the same idea as I ! The streets were crowded !
A little Christmas market was just before the Grand'Place. The buildings behind had all been rebuilt in the 90th by copying the old style, to hide the disaster they had done in the 60th
One of the Galleries around the Grand'Place
This door had been put up as an entry to the Grand place's Christmas decoration
The first thing I saw was the Nativity scene in human size figures. I was a little disappointed because usually on Sundays there are real persons in it.
But at least there was one real sheep, the goats, chicken, and donkies were missing
A british group of young Santas
One of the Restaurants
now I saw the tree too
It was only decorated with blue balls and looked a little poor
compared to the tree of last year (above)
People were already sitting there waiting for the traditional Christmas"Sound and Light" and the lights on the Christmas tree. Everybody was wondering why it hadn't started yet because it was 4.30 and quite dark.
There also were some street performers
The Christmas market started just behind the Grand'Place with an information stand
Of course the German Glühwein (hot wine) was not missing
and Manneken Piss, Brussels symbol neither
all along the streets between the Grand'Place and "La Bourse" is the Christmas market
Christmas decorations and many other things to buy
and then I walked by the Saint who brings you luck and happiness if you touch his arm and hand and also for the health of your pet if you touch the little dog who sleeps at his feet.
There are a lot of Brussels' lace stores around the Grand'Place
and one of the best Hotels, just behind
I then returned to the Grand'Place to take a picture of the lightened tree, but there still was nothing and it was 5 by now. I had to catch my train so I went back to the station. And there again a lot of people had the same idea as I, it was full ! Even more then during a week day. I hardly found a seat in the train.
Friday, December 21, 2007
CHRISTMAS MARKET IN BRUSSELS