Some tilt-shift fun - Brussels rooftops around St Josse.
There is a dry ski slope in Brussels, Yeti Ski! I thought this was a strictly British oddity, but apparently not. Stumbled upon this completely randomly - unfortunately the 'skiers' were packing up when I arrived but, if there are any takers, there was a distinct après-ski vbe in the little chalet at the foot of the slope.
Autumn has arrived. Beautiful day in Brussels, great company and a fun night.
Cousin Gaby in town working on The Straits tour. Met her at Zebra bar downtown and then wandered around the tourist hood looking for a Tintin t-shirt for her man - you would think this would be the easiest mission in Brussels but it turns out that outside of the official shop (where the t-shirts are potentially too 'arty'), it is astonishingly difficult to find any! I wonder if there are strict marketing laws when it comes to Tintin apparel, especially at the moment when it seems the whole city is going Tintin crazy with the release of the Spielberg film (I am not at all immune to the marketing and can't wait to see it). Event gig in the evening - people in suits sipping champagne but reasonably entertaining all the same.
And warm Madrid it is. Visiting Tom, Becs & my little niece Maya who live conveniently close to the airport. I haven't seen Maya since last September so quite a change - she knows loads of words, understands pretty much everything, runs around like she's on a mission, laughs constantly - very lovable. I didn't shoot anything in Madrid yet, so here's one from the am in Brussels.
Leg stretching around the Etangs d'Ixelles. Off to Madrid tomorrow for something a little different. Weather forecast announcing 22 degrees - I think I'll do ok.
Ok, so it's a little cheesy but pretty nonetheless. Mont des Arts, sunset. It was either this or a shot of our car at the garage...
Not a new shot, something from the archives snapped from the Porte de Hal.
Corner of Rue de Flandre and Rue Léon Lepage
Henri is back from Bali and followed me on my todos, so we stopped by Place Jourdan for a pitta at Papay. Drove to Paris with Nora in the evening, arriving at Laure's place in Créspières (78 - the Yvelines, west of Paris) around 11h30. I grew up in the area so looking forward to tomorrow's daylight so I can survey the surroundings.
I wrote this woman's name down so illegibly that I'm afraid I can't tell you - What I do know is that she buys pretty much everything she wears in China and that she runs the Lune de Miel, one of the most popular Thai restaurants on the strip leading to st Gery, otherwise known as Rue Jules Van Praet. I met her in the Marolles area where she was scouring the second hand shops for stylish coffee spoons.
Second part of Marie Claire 'shopping à BXL' shoot... so lots of shops, pavement pounding and welcome discoveries which I'll most probably mention in the coming days, weeks, months. The idea of the 'shoppings' is also to catch some of the city goings on/vibe so here's one of those shots.
I proudly fulfilled my civic duty today and voted for the French socialist party primaries... it's been ages since my admin has been in order enough for me to be registered to vote anywhere, so it felt quite satisfying. I was so excited I forgot to snap a photo, and then failed again to shoot anything at Nora's brunch. Instead waited till dark... I posted something about these shapes a while ago, but rather than disappearing, a load more models have been added to the window display, it looks pretty funky.
Rain, rain, lots and lots of rain ... a small confession to make: I actually enjoy a proper rainy day on occasion. I don't suppose you should live in Brussels if you don't. Woke up early and transported myself + sleeved blanket onto the sofa to watch France beat England in rugby, a good start to the day. Caught up on a bunch of editing, bought some food, cancelled all plans, had some cancelled on me and planned myself a movie night (between films now!). No photos today but a tip for the next rainy day - Chez Franz on rue Frank Merjay, the sort of place that makes you want to sit down, order a glass of wine and lose a few hours. Also very nice for brunch on sunny days mind you, since it has a huge terrace. It opened quite recently in place of the Mont Chauve which had a grumpy owner, but good beers and a tasty brunch - and was one of my first hangouts in Brussels - RIP