Melancholy Monday: Ten years past

On this date, exactly ten years ago, I had just arrived in Brussels and was stretching my legs to work off the cramped conditions in the seat I’d had in the economy section of the plane (what we’d come to call the cattle car). My lodging was in the Hotel du Grand Sablon, which was within easy walking distance of the Grand Place. It was, of course, Easter time, and the Chocolateries were displaying the best of their wares. The chocolate egg in this window was about two feet tall.
Sablon chocolaterieContinuing my stroll around the Grand Place. I entered the Rue des Bouchers (Butchers’ Street), which was lined with not only meats, but also lots of fruits and veggies.
 Rue des BouchersI miss Brussels!

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10 Responses to Melancholy Monday: Ten years past

  1. seekraz says:

    Those European markets were always a treat, especially around the holidays and holy days…such a feast for the senses.

  2. You will always have the sprouts.

    One of the things I wish that we had here are open markets like these. We have farmer’s markets in a few towns but nothing like the European’s…possibly in NYC.

  3. Mike Powell says:

    Wonderful remembrances of a city that I have visited many times for work (and have stayed at a hotel in the same area of Brussels). One of my colleague’s favorite chocolate shop, Whittamer’s, is in the Sablon area, though I suspect the chocolate display is from Neuhaus, judging from the big N. One thing that I love about Brussels is that the center of the city is so pedestrian friendly and I love wandering in and out of the narrow streets.

    • krikitarts says:

      Every time I went there, I couldn’t wait to slip my camera into my backpack and stroll around for as much time as I had available, and sometimes more. A magical place!

  4. Great photos. They certainly know how to put on a display. That is one thing that is missing in most parts of the world – the boxes of food in the front and the great window displays of food. In New Zealand we certainly don’t have many shops like this.

    • krikitarts says:

      True–not many shops like this, but I have run across a few really good open markets in my travels, including a nice one in Wanganui recently. It’s surprising that there aren’t more.

  5. Winnie Hurd says:

    Oh, now you have my mouth watering for Belgian chocolates filled with Courvoisier, Grand Marnier, Cointreau and other deliciousness.

    • krikitarts says:

      Grand Marnier has to be my all-time favorite, but Frangelico is a close runner-up. And you’re so right about Belgian chocolates. Few others can match them!

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