Tuesday, November 14, 2006
La Belle Epoque-click on photo to go to online album
I've fallen in love!
I have landed in a little spot of preserved old-style unglobalised pure Europe like a long-lost story!
My hotel is a candle-light and Christmas-junkie fairytale....romantic and cosy beyond my wildest expectations.
Roaring fires everywhere, fat white candles emitting a soft golden glow over rich plush upholstered furnishings, lit Christmas trees and tasteful decorations framing corners of the bar and fireplace. Tealights dancing around brilliant red pointsettias on the gleaming black grand piano.
Then out to dine on the famous Moules mit friten (mussels steamed in aromatic broth with hand-cut chips and lots of beer) at Chez Leon in the Grand Place-its picture-perfect row upon row of traditional cafes on cobbled streets.
One can only say thank God that Belgium is not the rockstar of Europe...it has escaped with its soul intact! I shall return to Brussels for sure-long may this city remain au naturale!