20 February 2014

Back to Belgium: Saint-Gilles

The one neighborhood that I explored during my short stay in Brussels back in September was the neighborhood of Saint-Gilles. I reached this by walking from Gare du Midi, which was about 15 minutes away. I stored my luggage for the day (I was not flying back to Berlin until that evening), and headed out. Later I learned that the neighborhoods that I passed in order to reach it wasn't the prettiest, and it was daylight when I was there so it wasn't dangerous, but it did have a rugged and rough feel.

Anyway, the reason I wanted to go to this neighborhood was because it is famous for having a high concentration of Art Nouveau houses. I did see plenty of them, unfortunately, most of them were very small, and the houses next to them were not pretty, so I couldn't figure out how to take pictures of them without taking a bad picture.

Aside from that, the Saint-Gilles Town Hall is also pretty, which I took plenty of pictures of.

It was a pretty town hall, I wandered around and took pictures, which you see above. There were plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. I also like the collection of sculpture that dot the premises.

Aside from this, I also wandered a little bit to the Prison of Saint-Gilles. It is this large fortress- or castle-like building behind the town hall. I wanted to enter, but unfortunately it is not open to the public. In the meantime, I saw relatives of people incarcerated in the prison. They all looked sad.

So that ends my brief travelogue on Belgium. It was a pleasant stay, but unlike my first visit, it is not for tourism, but more for work. I was fortunate to find little bits of time to sight-see and take these pictures. Stay tuned, a new travelogue should be coming up!

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