Two weeks ago, just after All Saints’ O decided that he wanted to go to church. He was actually in such a hurry that he didn’t have time to wait for me to finish my morning business… I told him I would take the tram and meet him at the church (half hoping that mass would be over by the time I got there – church services in Spanish are not my favourite thing 😉 ).
When I arrived to the church it was packed with worshipers, but not Spaniards but Polish ones!? I called O and he told me that he was in front of the church… I walked around the corner and did not see him? After some discussion we realised that I was at the wrong church! I walked [slowly] to the other church, while window-shopping, and then crossed the square filled with Sunday flea market stands and then eventually entered the right church. Not even half as full as the one with the Poles – apparently the Hispanic expats are not as devoted! And what surprised me as well was that there is one service on Sundays in Spanish but
FOUR five in Polish!!
Speaking of church, we are going to church again tomorrow but the Swedish one for the traditional Christmas bazar! It will be our first time in the new Swedish church by Merode. We went a few times* to the old one that used to be in Waterloo, but it was not so central and more difficult to get to. And two years ago we went to the Swedish church Christmas market in New York with some blog friends!**
The omnipresent Palais de Justice, it can be seen from almost anywhere in this area called Les Marolles. When it was built under King Leopold’s reign (you know the BAD King Leopold) a lot of houses belonging to poor people were torn down in the area and apparently ever since “Architect” is an insult in Les Marolles!
Opposite the [Polish] church there is this interesting looking shop. The whole of Les Marolles district is full of antique shops and so-called brocantes (more like flea-market shops) as well as expensive design shops. Everything is open on Sundays which is nice for a change in a city where almost everything is closed on Sundays!
I have never actually bought anything at this flea market but I have a piece of furniture (a sideboard with the top missing) that I found left behind when all the stands had been packed away. O hates it but I am hoping to find a place for it (and a top – a white marble top is my dream) in our future home
Finally, the right church, right in front of the flea market – Notre Dame Immaculee (accent missing but I can’t change the keyboard for some reason since O upgraded to Windows 7, which also means no Swedish characters 😦 ).
Have a great Sunday, whether or not you are going to church!
*) To the Christmas market and summer concerts.
**) And more than 25 years ago I visited the Christmas market at the Swedish church in London…