Bruxelles, ma belle …

 

 

How can the city that has chosen a small boy urinating as its symbol, the Manneken Pis, be the headquarters of the most important world military alliance, NATO? Well, Belgians enjoy these contradictions…

The city of Tintin, world capital of comics…where domestic political discussions between French speaking Walloons and Dutch speaking Flemish clearly belong in that world…in a country that was without a government for 589 days, a world record, but continued functioning and nobody really noticed…

The city of Horta and glorious Art Noveau, but also the city used in architecture books as an example of senseless destruction, the “Bruxelisation” to be avoided by all cities…

Brussels, the capital of Europe…where decisions are taken by the EU that governs the life of 500 million Europeans and influence global affairs…but also the world capital of Comics and Surrealism, where Tintin and Magritte are enacted in daily life.

Brussels happily combines both, it is thus a city of power and comics, that although is often put in the same sentence together with Washington and Beijing, it can never take herself really seriously…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Brussels has always been at the vanguard of economic development, the country where the industrial revolution started in mainland Europe. And yet, Brussels was the city from where its king ruled despotically a territory in central Africa, Congo, a colony several times bigger than the metropolis itself, as his personal state.

It has since continued to be one of the richest European cities that therefore attracts poorer immigrants from all over the world.

Brussels, the extreme north of the Latin world and the extreme south of the Germanic world. The unofficial border between two very different cultures. The traditional place of refuge of French and German exiles, including Karl Marx and Victor Hugo, continues to be a safe haven for people looking for a better life.

It also attracts many thousands eurocrats and other immigrants, where around 40% of its population are foreigners, creating a unique cultural melting pot.

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A city of chic old ladies out of an Ostend postcard of a century ago, when it was the favorite beach resort of the European elite… and of dynamic young Europeans striving to move up in life. All of them co-existing accepting their eccentricity.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What makes Brussels unique, and so charming, is to be always exposed to the drama and the fun of life in every corner, helping you to accept apparent contradictions as banal, putting them into perspective, and in the process enjoy life as it is.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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