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