When we arrived to Belgium two weeks ago the landscape looked like this from the air:
Forêt de Soignes can be seen in the lower part of the photo. The southern parts of Brussels are surrounded by forests and parks; Forêt de Soignes (4,41 hectare), Bois de la Cambre (actually a park which is part of the first forest, 1,23 km2) and Parc de Tervuren where the African museum is located (we are hopefully going there next Sunday).
And here are some photos from the weekend:
Everywhere you go in Brussels on the weekends, you see scouts! I always found it a little sad that they don’t head out in the above-mentioned forests / parks instead of spending time in the asphalt jungle… At least here they were in a park, albeit much smaller than the ones on the outskirts of the city
This must be the widest streets in Brussels, it cuts the access from the Palais Royal (Royal Palace, not where the Belgian royal family lives – they live in a big park, Laeken, in the north of the city) from the Parc Royal, also known as Parc de Bruxelles.
I love old signs! This one says that the garden (park), which was created for the pleasure of the public is placed under the protection by all citizens (not a great translation but you understand the meaning, I hope…)
Lilacs in front of the Palais Royal, after we had crossed that wide street fearing for our lives!? O said that the street reminded him of a street in New Delhi (not that he has been to India!) – less traffic but people are driving like mad – stopping, turning, speeding, reversing while pedestrians are trying to cross…
And then we headed home to our French friend S and baked some Swedish scones, which we ate on her terrace (where the previous Sunday, when S was in France, we had brunch with her boyfriend who was now in Greece)