Category Archives: Belgium

MM 3-41 Reflections

The theme for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge this week is Reflections and I have decided to submit a photo I took from the upper deck of a sightseeing busĀ  in Brussels while on our 2012 European vacation. Advertisements

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MM 2-21: Remembering Brussels in 2012

We visited five countries on our European vacation in 2012. Belgium was the last of the five and we spent the last two days in that country exploring the city of Brussels. After walking around the Grand Place for awhile … Continue reading

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Touring Greater Brussels

Greater Brussels consists of 19 municipalities. On the first half of our sightseeing bus tour we toured the central portion and the European Quarter of the City of Brussels plus the municipality of Ixelles. For the second half of the … Continue reading

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The Capital of Europe

In 1958 members of the new European Union decided that most of their functions should be performed in one city and Brussels became the ideal choice because of its proximity to Paris, Amsterdam, Luxembourg and Cologne, all of which can … Continue reading

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Statues Inside the Cathedral in Brussels

The religious wars in the Spanish Netherlands during the late 16th and early 17th centuries culminated in the Protestant northern provinces breaking off and forming the Dutch Republic and the Catholic southern provinces in what is now Belgium and Luxembourg … Continue reading

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The Stained Glass Windows of St Michael and St Gudula

The church of St Michael and St Gudula, begun in 1226, was nearing completion three hundred years later when Charles V took over the reigns of the Holy Roman Empire — just in time for the installation of the stained … Continue reading

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Inside the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula

The majority of the churches we visited in Europe in May of 2012 had their origins with the building of Romanesque structures about a thousand years ago. St Michael and St Gudula was no exception. Count Lambert II founded a … Continue reading

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