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  Inner court in Ste-Catherine area (pic: I_G)
by Norali

Hehe.. click on the picture and admire the beauty(ies)...

From the street, you wouldn't see this facade. It's rather an inner court. Plus, the concrete and sometimes covered facade you would see from the street would deter you from entring the area, wouldn't it, Ian-Grace? It's rather "functional".. as we use to say.

This is Brussels, some places you discover by chance, meaning you may have lived in Brussels for five, ten years and would never have had discovered them.

That's I like here. There are some places that are not the (too) obvious beauties in Paris or not even the Grand-Places and Grote-Markts of Belgium. The charm of Brussels is in its hidden beauties, its "weird" sense of humour. In "weird", I include "surreal", "contextually fun" and "locally fun". Only when you live here, you would understand some humour.. and not the typical "humour belge" that the French use to mock around every time... No, not that. That is a vulgar mockery about the Belgian accents and the ordinary people in Belgium. It's rather the humour of cultivated people, that sometimes, only them would understand, extend, extrapolate.. for them being witty and unusual themselves.

So, the facade now... It is the facade of a theater in Ste-Catherine area, hidden in some ordinary rather ugly outer facade. When I asked the lady at the entrance whether Ian-Grace and I could see the facade, she smiled and agreed.. like if she is really used to that type of request. OK, I'll give the name once I can attend a performance there.

If you come here, rather go off beat path hahah easier said than done, eh?

Metro M stations: Sainte Catherine & de Brouckère (if you don't mind walking a bit)

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  • Updated Aug 15, 2004
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