Monday, October 20, 2014

Lace and Chocolate and Other Sights in Brussels

We had a wonderful time in Brussels.  Lace and chocolate are part of my
memories from this city, and there were many shops everywhere for both.
The windows in each chocolate shop were amazingly decorated.

This one contained a chocolate fountain.

We spent part of one afternoon the Lace and Costume Museum.

Here are someone's bobbins all set up for creating some
 beautiful lace. I can't imagine trying to follow that kind of pattern.















This was just one of many pieces in museum. There was no way to 
photograph all of them! There also was an exhibit of clothing from the
thirties that was very interesting. This dress caught my eye.  Another 
featured under garments, including girdles. Do any of you remember
 those?!

This little doll is hard at work, and you can see the amazing piece behind her.
 Both were on  display in a shop window.

Our hotel was quite near the Grand Place, a huge square surrounded by beautiful buildings that were lit up every night.
There was always something interesting happening.

Every evening a different band in full uniform would march through the streets.


Something was always happening in the courtyard below our hotel window. That week there were celebrations honoring the Ukrainian culture.

Some of the passages were very narrow.

And some were wide enough for cars and horses.
Four guys were "driving" this contraption.



We enjoyed some quiet moments in this beautiful cathedral.


Its majesty made me feel very small.



Each stained glass window was unique.  Yes, Brussels is a beautiful city. We only spent four days there and only saw a tiny bit, but we loved everything we saw.  Next stop, Germany. PS Blogger was behaving very strangely today.

16 comments:

Dee said...

Another place on my bucket list.
;-)

Lynn said...

Thanks for the glimpse into Brussels. It looks beautiful and fascinating!

Ele said...

Thanks for these wonderful impressions of Brussels Judy!

Have a nice time
Gabriele

Changes in the wind said...

Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing.

kathy b said...

That lace was amazing!!!!
The church stained glass...a masterpiece.
more more more

Janet said...

Thanks so much for sharing your memories and photos. What a wonderful trip!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

WOW, Judy! That shot down the center isle of the church is breathtaking!! So beautiful!!

Thank you for letting us tag along... maybe one of these days... {sigh}

blessings ~ tanna
ps the closest thing to girdles now must be Spanx!! LOL!

Nancy said...

What n amazing place to visit! Thanks for sharing your photographs.

desertskyquilts said...

Thanks for sharing those pictures. I have a friend who does bobbin lace - she learned in the last few years, after her husband died. Her patterns, last I saw them, had about 1/3 that many bobbins, and I still couldn't imagine how she could figure it out!

Mereknits said...

Thank you for taking us along, it looks like a wonderful place to visit.
Hugs,
Meredith

Rian said...

Your photos are great despite the inclement weather (so typical of that area, at least every time I have gone)...thanks for the travelogue.

elns said...

Love these posts :) Belgian chocolate ... dreamy! Brussels looks very nice.

karen said...

love the doll in the traditional clothes! Chocolate and lace is a perfect combo but not eaten and knitted together at the same time. Thank you for sharing!

Sharon Chapman said...

Oh how beautiful. Everything looks so wonderful. You lucky lady. How are you liking our rain? It's back!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shirl R said...

ooh lovely! Did you visit Brugges too? Shirley xxxx

Cat said...

All lovely! Memory treasures!