ODD, QUIRKY AND COMIC BRUSSELS PHOTOS

I expected amazing food and beer from Brussels, and it delivered, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of my Brussels photos. They reflect expressions of odd and quirky humor that I found throughout the capital. The Belgians seem not to take themselves too seriously, a trait I admire.

Ergo… this photoblog of odd, quirky and comic Brussels photos…

BRUSSELS PHOTOS IN THIS POST

ÉGLISE NOTRE DAME DU SABLONÉ

Ok, so the Église Notre Dame du Sabloné is neither odd, quirky nor comic, but it *is* photogenic.

Stained Glass, Église Notre Dame du Sablon, Brussels

PASSE MOI L’CIEL

Passe Moi L’Ciel (Pass Me the Sky) can be found close to the Église Notre Dame du Sabloné (it’s a fun neighborhood for walking, shopping and eating). The multi-story mural depicts various hedonists (unrepentant pot-smokers, topless sunbathers, boozers) blissfully enjoying heaven as an agitated Satan stews in hell beneath them. It’s clever, funny. The Belgians are really into comics and Brussels offers a comic strip walk.

Passe Moi L'Ciel, Brussels

BRUSSELS PARK

When I visited Brussels in July, 2012 the city was in the midst of Brusselicious (hilarious), an annual celebration of the city’s food culture, so I don’t know if the ginormous, punny food-related statues (chocolate bars, overflowing steins of beer, cones of fries) were/are temporary or permanent. I hope they’re permanent. I’ve named this piece Brussels Mussels ‘n Waffles.

Brussels Mussels n' Waffles in Belgium Photos

PALACE OF JUSTICE STEPS

So the Palace of Justice is this stately edifice located in the center of Brussels. It was undergoing renovation when I visited. The crazy part is that I was able to walk right into this government building and explore it undisturbed for at least an hour. Kinda creepy, mostly cool.

Here’s the main staircase. Was someone murdered and their body dragged down it?

Foreboding Steps, Palace of Justice, Brussels

ROMAiN!

Nope! Somebody hauled a leaky pail of paint up the steps. To what purpose? For this purpose:

RoMAIN, Palace of Justice, Brussels

To claim ROMAiN. What’s with the flower? And what’s with the lowercase i? Tooting my own horn here, but this is an amazing picture what with the stained steps in the background and its by far the best image among my Brussels photos.

It cracks me up. The lead-in was so dire and mysterious; the conclusion: kind of upbeat and weird.

PALACE OF JUSTICE SKYLIGHT

Having unfettered access to the building gave me an opportunity to really appreciate its subtle architectural details.

Skylight, Palace of Justice, Brussels

SPIRITED TP AT THE PANTONE HOTEL

I work in marketing so of course I had to stay at the Pantone Hotel. Pantone is a system for communication of color: even the sanitary products at this property reinforced its theme.  I’m not criticizing it — I appreciate the humor. Who says toilet paper has to be white?

Spirited Toilet Paper, Pantone Hotel, Brussels

GLAMPING AT VINTAGE HOTEL

The Vintage Hotel is just a few blocks from the Pantone Hotel.

An aluminum Airstream camper marks the entrance to the hotel and welcomes thirsty patrons into its lobby bar, which I just bet hosts a fabulous happy hour.

Cocktail Hour, Vintage Hotel, Brussels

ATOMIUM

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And last, there’s Atomium. The geeky name alone makes me smile. I don’t know if the structure even serves a purpose beyond being a proudly-proclaimed tourist attraction and weird icon.

Atomium, Brussels

AND, IN CONCLUSION

So there you go, my Brussels photos! Kind of odd, quirky and comic. But not nearly as odd and quirky as Leuven and Ghent, I was to discover….

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