Viewing Brussels

Today I woke up with no particular plans. Needed some extra sleep due to neighbors coming home late and having a little after-party in their rooms – at 3:00 a.m. Don’t they know people are trying to sleep? Then I remembered when I was their age (or a little older) doing the same thing. Heck, I don’t have to wake up early – let them have fun. (But I really did want to tell them to knock it off. Ha!)

When I woke up later, and pulled open the curtains, I saw a very large building off in the distance. (More about this later.) Then remembered that I was going to see Palais de Justice (Palace of Justice) first. After breakfast of scrambled eggs (non-refrigerated) and a baguette with butter and raspberry jam, I headed up the hill to Palais de Justice. My Airbnb host gave me some background information on the building’s restoration work, with scaffolding (currently has been in process for 10 years) that probably is in the courts, within that very building. Ironic. From the little research I did – it is the largest court house in the world, which I have no doubt. The pictures I took do not show the massive size of the building. I’m sure there are Brussels children who do not remember the building not having scaffolding. It may be another 10 years before restoration is completed.

Palais de Justice,2  Palais de Justice

Palais de Justice 4 Palais de Justice

Palais de Justice 1Palais de Justice

So why the focus this building? Other than it dominates the skyline of Brussels and is kinda cool with the scaffolding, I found myself getting caught up in the business side of how the restoration got so out of whack. It isn’t any of my concern. I’m retired and I don’t live here – just passing through. Don’t need to worry about these things – other than a mild interest. There are people who are responsible – and it isn’t me. Somehow I know this isn’t the last time I’ll have this discussion with myself.

Back to my day and the view of Brussels…

After a little hike, I got up to the Palais de Justice via an elevator. (I’m sure there is a story why there is an elevator, but it isn’t any of my business.)  The weather had cleared and now I had a great view of the city.

Elevator to Palais de Justice Elevator

View from Palais de Justice Central Brussels

The view above shows the general area where my Airbnb is located – near the tall building just off center. Very easy to get around the city.

Back to the beginning of today. The building I saw when I woke up. I knew approximately where it was located and didn’t do any further research as to its address or even its name – just headed off in the general direction. I didn’t find it – just had a good walk through neighborhoods that are not on the way to an attraction. Which is another topic that I’ll bring up in a future post.

Later, I found out the building I saw in the distance was the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and according to Wiki – it is the largest building in Art Deco style in the world. I’ll get a close-up tomorrow.  You can barely see it in the photo below.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

3 thoughts on “Viewing Brussels”

  1. How did your eggs taste? I was just reading how we (in the U.S.) have to refrigerate eggs because of the way we sanitize them. Does it also effect the flavor?

    1. Also should add that I needed (or felt that needed to) wash the outside of the egg. I know – sounds kinda gross. My next place will have a full kitchen, which seems to be rare with Airbnbs. Glad you’re following along Paula. Please comment again!

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