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2 October 2014

Week 39: back to Brussels

Filed under: — Administrator @ 05:31

During this week, I made my 11th trip to Brussels so far in 2014. It was also the week when we finally started seeing some autumn weather in Alicante, relatively speaking.

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The autumn clouds as seen from our terrace at the office:
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On working days, I usually do a bicycle ride in the morning, before going to the office. This has the advantage of providing me with gorgeous views of the sunrise at the beginning of the ride, when I am cycling along the beach:
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One day, when I arrived home from work, the setting sun over the mountains was such that I rushed straight up to the roof terrace to take a picture:
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Returning home from a bike ride, I am often greeted by a sight like this:
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This vacant lot near our subdivision has been fenced in by the municipality. Occasionally, the weeds are cleared to prevent brush fires. The locals have cut a hole in the fence and use the place as a dog park where you can let your dog run (and poop) freely:
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Staying with the doggie theme, a little dog waits for his human outside one of the local supermarkets:
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I shot a couple of rolls of 35mm film, specifically Kodak Tri-X, for the first time in two years during the preceding week and developed and scanned them this week. Among the pictures was an informal portrait of my daughter the day before she went back to Wales for her 3rd year at university:
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On Wednesday I again bought goat cheese from Lili the Swiss cheese pusher:
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Four more Tri-X pictures, from a walk in the centre of Alicante.

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A small café near the Basilica Santa Maria:
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Wedding party waiting for the bride and groom to emerge from the Basilica Santa Maria:
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A street in the barrio in contre-jour:
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Surfer statue at the Plaza Puerta del Mar:
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On Thursday afternoon, I was back in Brussels, among the modern buildings of the EU quarter:
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I headed to the centre of Brussels to attend the vernissage of a photo exhibition. While walking on Boulevard Anspach, I snapped this shot of a sign which had been somewhat enhanced:
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Brussels-style fast food, a kiosk selling escargots:
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The photo exhibition I went to see was a joint effort by several photographers, one of whom, Kevin Scarlett, is a fellow member of Viewfinders, the English-language photography club of Brussels:
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As is often the case when I go to exhibitions, I turned my camera on the other visitors:
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A serious viewer:
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A smiling viewer:
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Afterwards, I walked through the surrounding neighbourhood and as usual, looked for little details. The inscription here reads “More sunshine, less police”. It is quite unusual for Brussels graffiti to be in Dutch, as the city is largely French-speaking:
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Broken pane:
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This is one of my favourite murals, anywhere:
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Friday evening, all the meetings over, I walked through an international market that had been set up on Square Jean Rey near my hotel. The Italian food was particularly photogenic:
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An amusing sign at the Kitty O’Shea’s pub near the Berlaymont:
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I had dinner at Schievelavabo, a restaurant decorated with old advertising posters and signs, some of which are in contradiction with modern times:
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Walking back to my hotel, I took a last picture, of a rainy Chaussée de Wavre near Place Jourdan:
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I flew home to Alicante Saturday morning, and that afternoon we were invited for lunch by our Argentine friend Eliot. It was also raining in Alicante, but it takes more than rain to keep an Argentine away from his grill:
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And the results were, as always, delicious:
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1 Comment »

  1. Just because I comment rarely doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy them. I was just brooding over why I don’t also photograph some of the ordinary momnents of life.

    Comment by Herbert Kanner — 3 October 2014 @ 05:48

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