Monthly Archives: September 2012

Belgium – (10) – Chinese Pavilion and Japanese Tower (Brussels)

Just beyond a statue of an Ocean God, I presume this is probably Neptune, depicted here in his classical Greek style, surrounded by a dried-out fountain with currently-not-very-slippery copper or bronze mermaids… just beyond this lies a Chinese Pavilion… And … Continue reading

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Belgium – (9) – Street Art and Slogans on Walls in Leuven

These photos below show just a few examples of guerilla street art (non-permitted, but often tolerated). Stickers on pipes and electric boxes are fairly common.  Graffiti on boring blank walls that aren’t somebody’s neat private residence, as well as on … Continue reading

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Belgium – (8) – The Restored ‘Atomium’ of Expo 1958

Expo 58, also known as the Brussels World’s Fair of 1958, (in Dutch/Flemish: Brusselse Wereldtentoonstelling; or in French:  Exposition Universelle et Internationale de Bruxelles.  See more HERE), was held from 17 April to 19 October 1958.  It was the first major World’s Fair after World War II.  The ‘Atomium’, … Continue reading

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Belgium – (7) – Nature Preserve ‘De Maten’ near Genk, with Artist Guides

In the Northwest Belgium, between the towns of Genk and Hasselt, lies a bit of natural beauty, ‘De Maten’, a mixture of creeks, ponds, mixed forest and purple moorlands.   A couple photos… Friends, both artists, showed me around:  Check … Continue reading

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Belgium – (4) – Surrealist Influences at the René Magritte Museum in Brussels:

“It is a union that suggests the essential mystery of the world.  Art for me is not an end in itself, but a means of evoking that mystery.”  –  René Magritte on putting seemingly unrelated objects together in juxtaposition (Glueck, Grace, … Continue reading

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Flanders, Belgium – (3) – Distance: in Kilometer, Language and Fuel Price

You can see a map of Belgium at the first (1) post of this series.  Here, this first map shows the shape of Flanders (mostly Dutch-speaking Northern Belgium) with a very clear distance scale.  The map’s colors happen to show … Continue reading

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Belgium – (2) – Photo highlights of my visit: Center Louvain & Brussels

A couple photos from two city centers:  Bondgenotenlaan (“Allies Lane”), entering Leuven (Louvain, Belgium), coming from the train station: On a sunny afternoon in the center of Leuven, with its incredible late-medieval gothic Town Hall: A Partial Panoramic of the … Continue reading

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