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October 20, 2022

The city museum of Brussels !

So looking into my vault found again new old pictures not yet in my blog and they should be for old times sake. Memories of always , that is what my blog is all about to me and hoping the post can bring curiosity and enjoyment to my readers in the world of travel. Let me tell you a bit on the City Museum of Brussels !

The Museum of the City of Brussels was conceived as early as 1860 and inaugurated in 1887 ; it is located on the Grand-Place opposite the City/Town Hall in the building known as the Maison du Roi or the King’s House.A neo-Gothic masterpiece, the building known as the Maison du Roi has been listed, along with the Grand-Place as a whole, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Today the museum keeps more than 7000 pieces: paintings, altarpieces, tapestries, models, sculptures, plans and maps… telling the tumultuous and fascinating history of the city. An essential symbol of Brussels residents, the original statue of Manneken-Pis is revealed on the top floor while its precious GardeRobe can be discovered at 19 Rue du Chêne, a stone’s throw from the fountain. Admission to the museum also grants access to the MannekenPis Wardrobe. This room presents the wardrobe of Manneken-pis, more than 900 costumes of all origins, exhibited alternately.

Bru museum of Brussels dec12

The City museum is layout as such : On the ground floor there is a small exhibition which presents porcelain figurines and some sculptures dating from the 16C to the 18C. On the floor above, you can discover paintings representing the most important moments of the city, as well as various maps and models testifying to the immense urban development that Brussels has undergone in such a short time, The second floor is the most interesting and entertaining of the museum: you can discover a large part of the 600 costumes that make up the wardrobe of Manneken Pis. Small costumes typical of thousands of cities around the world are exhibited there, such as a bullfighter’s costume, Santa Claus, football player’s equipment, firefighter’s equipment, etc.  In this museum which represents a whole historical and cultural symbol, the persons in charge of the Museum carry out, since the end of the 19C, a work of research and collection on the knowledge and the comprehension of the history of Brussels. This is evidenced by its varied collections, made up of significant donations, objects from archaeological excavations and systematic collections of objects and works of art representative of the social, economic, intellectual, artistic and urban development of the City. The Musée de la Ville continues its missions of conservation and enrichment of the collections, their study and their promotion to the public.

A bit of history on the famous building that houses the City museum. The Maison du Roi was built in 1536, but after being seriously damaged during the bombardments, the building was reformed in 1873. In the 12C, the building called Broodhuis (bread house) was a sober wooden building, which bears no resemblance to the present building. As its name suggests, this establishment sold bread. In the 15C, the building was replaced by a stone building called Maison du Duc, since it once housed the administrative services of the Duke of Brabant. It was following the coronation of the Duke who became King of Spain that the building was renamed “Maison du Roi”. Charles V ordered its reconstruction to adopt a Gothic style, and it was after the bombardment that it acquired a neo-Gothic style.

You reach it easily by Metro: Bourse, lines 3 and 4. Tram: Bourse, lines 31, 32 and 33. Bus: Bourse, lines 48 and 95; Gare Centrale, lines 38, 65, 71 and 86. Or just walk to it, beautiful Grand-Place of Brussels.

The City of Brussels and its museums

The museums of Brussels on the City museum

The Brussels tourist office on the museum

There you go folks, a unique building of architecture and historical proportions in a grand square with a beautiful and educational museum of the city of Brussels! Worth the detour me think, and hope you enjoy it as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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October 20, 2022

My restaurants of Brussels !

Here I go again, looking at my vault, realise have brief mention of the restaurants we ate in Brussels but no pictures and not enough text. Therefore, credit where credit is due let me tell some of the restaurants in Brussels, we ate and not mention elsewhere in my blog with new pictures on the blog. All for the memories of always!! Hope you enjoy it as I.

We ate at great places some old to come back to a Pizza Hut at Romeinsesteenweg 950, in Wemmel near the Atomium brings a lot of memories from the time way back came as a young man with my dear late mother Gladys and dear late wife Martine. However, the one we visited the most at Bvd du Jardin Botanique 10 near the Jardin Botanique has closed.

The official Pizza Hut Belgium :

We tried the Australian Home Made Ice Cream at Grand Place, Heuvelstraat 2. This was a hit by all and came back several times on one visit and again on another visit to Brussels. They do ice cream and shakes best and especially my boys love it !!! 

The official Australian Home Made Ice Cream :

We found this while walking the beat and it was a nice find. The steakhouse Brussels Grill Rue du Marché Aux Herbes 89 facing one entrance to the Galeries Royales St Hubert, and by Grand Place. Of course, you know it steakhouse! We have come back…

Bru brussels Grill resto by manhattan center jan13

The Brussels Grill restaurants Grand Place :

The Casa Nostra pizzeria at Rue du Marché aux Fromages 33 was good, and another spot where we decided to eat the norma pizzas we love all over the world. This is authentic as you can get in Brussels. It has signs as temporaly closed in some sites so check check as due to the pandemic several have close. 

The RestaurantGuru reviews on the Casa Nostra pizzeria :

Le Grand Cafe, blvd Anspach 78, we had the house grand cafe menu, and it was fantastic. This is one of the luxe places in Brussels and worth the detour. The Café de la Bourse built in 1874 , was change over time and renamed Monico, it was finally renamed Le Grand Café as of today.  A landmark in Brussels.

The official Le Grand Café :

The Cave du roy, Grand’place 14 itself with great people view, and brussel pork sausage or mussels in alsacien wine! This is another traditional resto in Brussels and worth the detour. Their webpage tell us that in the sheltered secular walls of our splendid 17C vaulted cellar, located in the basement of the Hermitage house built in 1698.  From the terrace of the Cave du Roy you have a direct view of the most beautiful theater of the world including the city/town hall and its 90 meters high tower, on the king’s house (maison du roi) and on the guild houses from late 17C. In 1903, the cellar of the Hermitage was fitted out for frying; this is where market gardeners and lower middle class people came to taste mussels and fries. Today, traditional Brussels cuisine has reigned supreme here for a century, against a backdrop of Brussels music and Carbonnades, Scampis à la blanche, Mussels à la faro, without forgetting our Stoemp… cooked in the old fashioned way. We love it !!

The official Cave du Roy :

The once ever popular but nice Le Brasseurs de la Grand’Place, Rue au Beurre 42 for great beers and people watching at the Grand Place. Here for the memories of always as it is closed,no longer a webpage, sadly.

And sadly, this was our favorite of them all; the wonderful all time favorite , real Belgian ,always a stop at Chez Patrick a Rue des Chapeliers 6 . We have been coming for lunch for several years back then. Unfortunately did not survive the pandemic and is closed, Here for the memories of always.

Bru chez patrick resto jan13

The RestaurantGuru reviews on the Chez Patrick resto (closed for the memories) :

There you go folks, another dandy episode in my road warrior trips all over this time in Europe and especifically Belgium and more precise pretty Brussels. Hope you enjoy the post as I and reminicent of your restos out while traveling as I

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

October 20, 2022

The Chapelle des Ursulines of Quimperlé !

Again, in my road warrior trips in my Finistére dept 29 of my lovely Bretagne, we came back to the fortified City of Quimperlé, We have come here several times but there is always something new to see and enjoy, This time going to the upper town, we saw a building that look like a chapel and went for it. I went by to the Chapelle des Ursulines or aka Chapelle de Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs.. Let me tell you a bit about it with a new and older picture. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Quimperle Chapelle des Ursulines ou ND 7 douleurs expo ctr front afar oct22

The Chapelle des Ursulines or the Ursulines Chapel  , This is ,also known as the Chapelle de Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs or Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows Chapel. This Jesuit cum baroque-style chapel which was part of a 17C convent boasts a magnificent roof gilded with gold leaves. The Chapel now hosts expositions of contemporary art for the town of Quimperlé.

Quimperle chapelle notre dame des sept douleurs ou des ursulines ent now arts expo oct12

However, the history as I like it.

In 1652, the Ursulines of Tréguier were authorized to found an establishment. The community first settled in the lower town, in the Gorréquer district. In a vast perimeter on the edge of the upper town, In 1674 , the convent buildings were completed, as was the church whose northern elevation, later modified, was probably crowned with a simple triangular pediment. traces of which remain in the form of the beginning of an uncovered gable , The nave of the church communicated, with the choir of the nuns, with a chapel dedicated to Saint Joseph, Between 1733 and 1789, several parts of the Bel Air farm, housing, dairy, stables, barns and pigsties, were built or rebuilt (the house in 1733, the laundry room in 1761, the cider press in 1767, the bakery in 1789). In 1789, the estate (convent buildings, vegetable gardens, pleasure gardens, orchards, agricultural outbuildings) covers an area of ​​approximately 15 hectares. Expulsion of the nuns and sale as national property in 1792 during the French revolution. Return of the congregation and resumption of teaching from 1803 , after the Concordat , In 1827, repair of the frame and roof of the church and installation of the painted paneling currently in place In 1846, closing of the cloister by bay windows. Between 1868-1869, work in the church, In 1888, outside the cloister, addition of a wing perpendicular to the classrooms, dormitories.

In 1907, following the law of separation of Church and State , departure of the Ursulines and installation of a superior primary school for young girls. As early as 1907, a project aimed at dividing the former land dependent on the Bel Air farm into lots was born, the basis of a new district near the train station and Place Saint-Michel. But it was only after 1920, following the demolition of the Bel Air farm and the establishment of a network of roads serving the future residential district, that the estate was gradually subdivided and offered for sale. Between 1925 and 1935, the area was urbanized, Between 1941 and 1944, under the Nazis occupation, the requisitioned buildings served as barracks and Gestapo headquarters. In 1946, they regained their function as a public school and now house the Collége Jules Ferry (middle school). The former conventual church, owned by the City of Quimperlé, has served as an exhibition space since 1996.

The local Quimperlé Terre Océane tourist office on things to see in Quimperlé:

The city of Quimperlé on the city identity

There you go folks, another dandy monument in beautiful fortified Quimperlé!  This was just passing by but worth a closer look eventually. Hope you enjoy my latest road warrior tour and stay tune for more.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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