These are not really porches, of course, but two café doorways and a storefront.
They caught my eye while we were walking around the Sainte-Catherine or
Sint Katelijne neighborhood of Brussels, which is just northwest of the Grand’Place and La Bourse.
The one pictured above is on
Rue de Flandre.
I believe I snapped this blue café, above, on Quai au Bois à Br û ler, facing the site of the old Saint-Catherine Bassin or canal port, covered over since the 18 7 0s.
I like the way the ivy is used as both a decorative windowbox planting and low privacy screen.
Above, a mass of vines shades a closed storefront, also along Rue de Flandre.
Detail of photo above.
Rue de Flandre is a good street on which to find an interesting restaurant. We liked Viva M’Boma (old-fashioned Belgian food, emphasis on meat/offal) and Domaine de Lintillac (dishes from the southwest of France, emphasis on duck).
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To have a
pied-à-terre in Brussels and to have it be on Rue de la Cigogne.
Street of the Stork.
The 1780 “porch” at the Rue Rempart des Moines entrance.
I think I see the house. (And check out the beautiful streetlamp.)
The pink one on the left.
Yes, that’s the one.
Looking back. Sigh. . .
Or maybe this house with the little door?
Or the one with the stone lintel from 1596?
Leaving by the entrance on Rue de Flandre.
Rue de la Cigogne is a or alleyway about 70 m. (230′) long between Rue Rempart des Moines and Rue de Flandre in the neighborhood of Dansaert. ruelle
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All day all over the city every person
Wanders a different city, sealed intact
And haunted as the abandoned subway stations
Under the city. Where is my alley doorway?
— Robert Pinsky, from “
City Elegies — I. The Day Dreamers“
The front of this small gallery on Rue de Flandre (or Vlaamsesteenweg) in Dansaert shows how Brussels can be both charming and a little grim at the same time.
I took these pictures a week ago yesterday.
There’s a nice appreciation of the city on The Economist’s Intelligent Life website here.
The neighborhood of Dansaert starts about four blocks northwest of the and is definitely worth exploring, especially if you are interested in Belgian fashion design and/or food. Grand’Place
Impasse Temps/Tijd Gang*, is staging a series of weekend exhibits on “Pattern(s)” between now and November 24.
It is located at 123 Rue de Flandre.