Monday, May 2, 2011

Tutankhamun - His Tomb and his Treasures in Brussels(20.04>06.11.11)

The exhibition TUTANKHAMUN - HIS TOMB AND HIS TREASURES whisks you off to the enigmatic world of pyramids, mummies and hieroglyphics. Visitors can see for themselves the one and only complete reconstruction of the most fascinating tomb in human history, with the treasures on show made to museum quality. The reconstruction, built to the exact dimensions of the original, presents the funerary treasure of the legendary pharaoh just as its discoverer, Howard Carter, found it in 1922.

More than 1,000 objects in 4000m²

On 4th November 1922, the British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun intact. It was 3,300 years old! King of ancient Egypt in the XVIIIth dynasty, the pharaoh ruled from 1332 to 1323 BC. His burial chambers have been perfectly recreated for the exhibition “Tutankhamun, his Tomb and his Treasures”. From 20th April to 6th November 2011, you can admire more than 1,000 fascinating replica artefacts spread out over 4,000 m² at Brussels Expo.

Tutankhamun also at the Cinquantenaire Museum

As the biggest museum of Egyptian art in Belgium, the Cinquantenaire Museum has decided to add to the “Tutankhamun, his Tomb and his Treasures” exhibition with a special temporary exhibition of its own from 20th April to 6th November 2011.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

belgium - update politics

he, the flemish populist clown (Bart De Wever) has been having lots of fun speaking with the french speaking populist clown Elio di Rupo for approx. 300 days, big friends now, but they just can not decide what they wan't to do with little Belgium, and it's 11 million "strong" beer drinking people.

MottoEendracht maakt macht - L'union fait la force - Strength through unity- Einigkeit macht stark

The motto was used by Belgium after its Revolution of 1830, initially only in its French form "L'union fait la force". Only when the Dutch was equated with the French did the Belgian state take "Eendracht maakt macht" as its motto instead, sometimes with the variant "Eenheid baart macht". In 1830 this unity was identified with the unification of Belgium's nine provinces, whose nine provincial coats of arms are represented on the national arms, and the new country's unification of its liberal progressives and Catholic conservatives. Indeed, it was launched in 1827-1828 by newspapers published in Liege which allied liberals and Catholics in the unionism which brought about the Revolution and which then dominated Belgian politics until the founding of the Liberal Party in 1846. Although the motto is often used in Belgicist or unitarist circles (as a call to Flemings and Walloons, natives of Brussels and German speakers, all to maintain Belgium's unity), this is a historical misinterpretation - the motto is a unionist not a unitarist slogan. Its German version is "Einigkeit macht stark". Flemings sometimes parody the motto by chanting it as "L'union fait la farce" ("Union makes a farce") or "L'oignon fait la farce" ("The onion makes the filling"), trivialising it as a cooking recipe.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Easy to remember and very useful site for practical information about Brussels:

Theatres, museums, shopping, restaurants, hotels, all the adresses and info

Monday, March 28, 2011

Atomium Monument, originally built for Expo '58, the 1958 Brussels World's Fair

Designed by André Waterkeyn, it stands 102-metres (335 ft) tall. It has nine steel spheres connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Tubes connect the spheres along the 12 edges of the cube and all eight vertices to the centre. They enclose escalators connecting the spheres containing exhibit halls and other public spaces. The top sphere provides a panoramic view of Brussels. Each sphere is 18 metres in diameter. Three spheres are currently (2008) closed to visitors, others can be reached easily by escalators. The vertical vertex contains a lift which was very fast and advanced at the time of building (the speed is 5 m/s)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

EWEA 14 - 17 March in Brussels

EWEA 2011, EUROPEAN WIND ENERGY ASSOCIATION in Brussels 14 - 17 march

The most powerful wind energy network

join EWEA
The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) is the voice of the wind industry, actively promoting the utilisation of wind power in Europe and worldwide. It is ideally situated in the heart of the EU district of Brussels ensuring close proximity to European decision-makers.
It now has over 600 members from nearly 60 countries including manufacturers with a 90% share of the global wind power market, plus component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, developers, contractors, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies and consultants. This combined strength makes EWEA the world’s largest and most powerful wind energy network.

EWEA coordinates international policy, communications, research and analysis and provides various services to support members’ requirements. EWEA also organises high-profile industry events that members can attend at attractive rates.

EWEA analyses, formulates and establishes policy positions for the wind industry on key issues, cooperating with industry and research institutions on a number of market development and technology research projects.

In addition, the lobbying activities undertaken by EWEA help create a suitable legal framework within which members can successfully develop their businesses.
In a spirit of transparency, EWEA has voluntarily registered itself to the European Commission register of interest representatives, thereby also subscribing to the European Commission Code of Conduct.
Due to a growing need to raise the wind industry’s profile, EWEA produces a large variety of information tools and manages campaigns aimed at raising awareness about the benefits of wind, dispelling the myths about wind energy and providing easy access to credible information.
EWEA organises numerous regular events: conferences, exhibitions, launches, seminars and workshops. These encourage the exchange of international experience on policy, finance and technical developments, and showcase the latest technology.

As from 2011, the annual European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (EWEC), organised by the European Wind Energy Association for over 25 years, will change its name to "EWEA Annual Event", with the next edition being "EWEA 2011" in Brussels.
Another major EWEA event is its conference and exhibition dedicated to offshore wind energy, the previous edition of which attracted 4,850 participants and 260 exhibiting companies. For more information on OFFSHORE 2011 see
Full listing of EWEA events:
EWEA is a founder member of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) which groups the eight key renewable industry and research associations under one umbrella organisation. EWEA is also a member of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Palace of Justice

The Law Courts of Brussels or Brussels Palace of Justice (French: Palais de Justice, Dutch Justitiepaleis) is the most important Court building in Belgium, and is a notable landmark of Brussels. It was built between 1866 and 1883 in the eclectic style by architect Joseph Poelaert. The total cost of the construction, land and furnishings was somewhere in the region of 45 million Belgian francs. It is the biggest building constructed in the 19th century.

The Brussels Palace of Justice is bigger than St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The building is currently 160 by 150 meters, and has a total built ground surface of 26,000 m². The 104 meter high dome weighs 24,000 tons. The building has 8 courtyards with a surface of 6000 m², 27 large court rooms and 245 smaller court rooms and other rooms. Situated on a hill, there is a level difference of 20 meters between the upper and lower town, which results in multiple entrances to the building at different levels.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Belgian politics

Just thought i'd make a little post about our politics :D because for the moment it's the only thing Belgium is famous for, our 250+ days long political crisis, just for information, we have three regions in Beglium, Flanders in the North, Wallonia in the South and Bruxelles in the middle. We also have 3 official languages French(spoken in the south) Dutch(spoken in the North) and German by roughly 75000 people living next to germany. For every region you have a different parliament, and then we have a fourth parliament the Belgian Federal Parliament. (=> 4 times more ministers) We have like 70 ministers in Belgium, lot of wasted money...
So after the elections all these people talk, and talk and talk and talk some more about all the little things there not happy about in our little country with our small problems and in the end we ( surrealist belgians) always find an agreement.

End of the story

History of the Belgians (Books that matter)

Floris Bar - The best Absinthe Bar of Brussels

Really a great bar to go, concerts every week, lots of different Absinthes to try, but beware don't drink too much them cause it's really strong, have fun

Impasse de la Fidélité, 12
1000 Bruxelles
tel: +32/2.514.44.34 - fax: +32.2.511.01.39.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Jeanneke Pis a.k.a. Manneken Pis female counterpart

check for yourself, very easy to find, it's just next to the Delirium bar I already told you about.

"Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale" in Tervuren

Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren 

It hosts an amazing collection of African masks, really informative and beautiful, situated in a superb Park, it is not located in Brussels but it's very close ( like 15-20 min from the centre of brussels)
You really have to see it!!

Leuvensesteenweg 13
3080 Tervuren
02 769 52 11


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Jacques Brel

Greatest belgian artist ever, born in Brussels Schaarbeek, hope you'll enjoy if you don't know him yet!!

Jacques Brel

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

bonnefooi bar

Great bar in the centre of Brussels, open till very late,

Rue des Pierres 8, B-1000 Brussel

Le Puk's Café - Bar & snack

small bar & snack but the bartender is great, if you take the metro in brussels and you stop at 'Montgommery' station drink a beer there and have a chat with Nono, not smoking, pretty cheap

European Parliament

yes we host the most important decision taking entity of the European Union, big decisions are taken here, so I think, I've also heard these people get paid a lot for nothing :) ... your pick, still a nice place

Food - Moules-Frites

This is very popular in belgium, and it really is very good, be sure to try it!

here the recipe :

Manekken Pis

Our National symbol, why? I don't know...
still funny :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Lambic (Beer) - Cantillon Brewery

If you want to visit an authentic Belgian(Brussels) brewery this is a nice place to go, they brew a very typical kind of belgian beer, the 'Lambic' which has a bitter taste but also a fruity taste.
Enjoy and don't forget to taste them all! :D

Rue Gheude 56
1070 Anderlecht
02 521 49 28

Musical Intstrument Museum - MIM

 In a unique early 20th century 'Art Nouveau' building ( only for the building it's already worthwhile) they have a superbe collection of ancient musical instruments. At the top floor you have a restaurant (not cheap) but with a very nice view of the centre of Brussels

Rue Montagne de la Cour 2
1000 Bruxelles
02 545 01 30

Opera and Classical Music - Le Théatre Royal de la Monnaie

ticket & reservations:
Place de la Monnaie 6, Bruxelles - 02 229 12 00

Movie theatres - CINEMATEK

You have different big movie theatres in Brussels like in every big city, but in Brussels there is one that is truely unique, the:

Cinémathèque royale de Belgique

it's a project started in 1938 to collect and preserve all existing movies and to show them on a regular basis to the public to enlighten them for a fair price.
So everyday of the year (excpet 2 I think) they screen old and recent movies for 3 euro/movie.
What is very amazing is when they screen silent films because then you have a pianist playing in the theatre, it truely is amazing. You can check out the movies they will screen for the next two months on their website.

One more thing, go watch a silent film there!

Rue Ravenstein 3 1000 Bruxelles
Tel : 02 551 19 30

Les jardins du Botanique & AB ( = Ancienne Belgique)

If you're looking for any good music concert in Brussels these are the 2 places to go.
Les Jardins du Botanique

Rue Royale 236, Bruxelles -
02 226 12 11

Ancienne Belgique
Boulevard Anspach 110
1000 Bruxelles
02 548 24 00

Parc du Cinquantenaire and the Museums

Panorama of the 'Parc du Cinquantenaire'

Most buildings of the U-shaped complex which dominate the park were commissioned by King Leopold II and built for the 1880 National Exhibition commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Belgian independence.

Another of King Leopold's Great architectural projects, it's a must to visit.
The Royal Military Museum has been the sole tenant of the northern half of the complex since 1880. The southern half is currently occupied by the Cinquantenaire Art Museum and the AutoWorld Museum. The Temple of Human Passions, a remainder from 1886, and the Great Mosque of Brussels from 1978 are located in the north-western corner of the park.

For the Party-Beasts: Fuse

In the historical centre of Brussels, was awarded the 'Best Belgian Club'.
 Rue Blaes 208, 1000 Brussels

Belgian Centre for Comic Strip Art

For the younger tourists and for the comic fans, this is the place!
Comics are a part of Belgium's cultural identity, it influenced a lot of comics around the world during the 20th century. Most well known Belgian comic guessed???.............. Tintin ;D
Every album is a 'chef-d'oeuvre'.

Royal Palace of Brussels

Built by Leopold II King of Belgium it's a masterpiece of architecture with a superb view on Brussels Parc. It is still used by the King Albert II of Belgium.
"The Palace is where His Majesty the King exercises his prerogatives as Head of State, grants audiences and deals with affairs of state. Apart from the offices of the King and the Queen, the Royal Palace houses the services of the Grand Marshal of the Court, the King's Head of Cabinet, the Head of the King's Military Household and the Intendant of the King's Civil List. The Palace also includes the State Rooms where large receptions are held, as well as the apartments provided for foreign Heads of State during official visits."


'Celtica' bar

For the nostalgic irish people and for cheap but good belgian beer you have to go to the Celtica ( Kiekenmarkt 55 1000 Brussel - tel: 02 514 22 69 )
It's open every day and night until very very late, 1 euro for a beer until 12PM.

Madame Moustache et son Freakshow

One of the best and most wicked bars of Brussels, 'Madame Moustache' et son Freakshow on the "Place Sainte-Catherine", the best place to go out in the centre of brussels.
Music is different every night, 50', 60', 70', electro-swing, jazz... and they serve the good beers, if you go there be sure to order a 'Triple Karmeliet'
  • Contacts info par mail:
  •  Booking par mail:
  • Brandhoutkaai 5-7
    1000 brussels, Belgique
    0485 53 44 94

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Audrey Hepburn

And BTW, Audrey Hepburn was born in Brussels!!(Ixelles)


New Magritte Collection (since 2009) in The Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium next to the Royal Palace, they have an extraordinary collection of Magrittes Paintings.
Check out their website for future exhibitions  ''
also :

Places to See & go out

Brussels like everyone knows, produces the best beers in the world and therefore we also have the best bars to consume it.
The most well known bar in brussels is the 'Delirium' Bar where you can choose from up to 2000 different beer brands. ( Impasse de la Fidélité, 4A - 1000 Bruxelles )
If you visit Brussels be sure not to miss it!!!

Travel Tips

When coming to Brussels for tourism(when young and ethusiast) i advise you two ways to find a place to stay, couchsurfing at some place close to the center or a youth hostel.
1) Sleepwell Youth hostel
Rue du Damier 23
1000 Bruxelles
02 218 50 50
  This one is pretty big and close to everything you need in Brussels, so if you're in a hurry to find someplace, ask there first!

The Grand Place

I'll Start with the Easiest, the 'Grand Place' the world comes to see. Most beautiful Grand Place of the world! ;)
This blog will be:
Travel tips, tourism, visit good places, links for your Day and Night trips in Brussels
hope you like it CS'er ( ) or Brussels-fan

Have you been to Brussels already?