On Monday morning, May 28, 2012 we took a taxi to the Gare de Nivelles to board the next train to Brussels. It was after the commute hours and there were just a few people standing around. And a dog. His master stood by him drinking some thick brown liquid out of a bottle — coffee? beer? a chocolate drink? Every now and then he would take a swig and then pour a bit on the ground for his dog to lap up. Soon came our train and we climbed aboard the first class car. The man and his dog went on another car and we didn’t see them again either on the train or at the train station when we exited. But we all must have gotten off the train at the same station (Centraal Station or Gare de Bruxelles-Central) which is just a few blocks up the hill from the Grand Place.
A few hours later we were on our way to visit the Grand Place and had just exited St Nicholas church on Rue au Beurre (see my previous posting) when my wife decided to duck into a store for some quick shopping. That gave me some time to take a few shots and so I walked out in the middle of the street and took a half dozen shots more or less in a 360 degree turn. And then I saw the dog.
A thousand people probably passed the dog every hour. Most people just walked on by. Some, like this couple, would do a double take and move on. I guess a few would stop and deposit a coin or two although I didn’t see anyone do that in the few minutes I was there.
I looked around and there was his master standing about 20 feet away leaning against the side of a building, invisible to most passers by. He was just standing there but every now and then he would make eye contact with his dog.
We then moved on up the final block of Rue au Beurre and in a few minutes were at the Grand Place.
Here are a few of the shots I took from roughly the same place where I saw the dog.
There will be more photos of Maison du Roi and other buildings in the Grand Place in my next posting.