Lillian : Here we are in the middle of the Grote Markt in Brussels - I'm sitting down because my feet were very sore.Audrey : All those Cobbles ! Do you wemember the zebwra crossings? the white stripes were marble cobbles!!
Lillian : Oh yes - amazing wasn't it.
Lillian : It's sad but our photographer lost all the photos from the 1st five days of our journey -
Audrey : Yes! A digital thingie happened - and her camera ATE all those photos !
Lillian : Very sad. We've no photos of the day-trip to Brugge - such a pretty pretty place ...
Audrey : Bwugge looks just like the pictures in a book of fairy-tales.
Lillian : Well, we spent the last day in Brussels rushing about to get more photos from our favourite places. Like the Grand Square, or Grote Markt
Audrey : that's a funny name !
Lillian : It is big - or Grand
Audrey : or Grote !
Lillian : Audrey, shhh! there are very ornamented "wedding cake" buildings all around. Here we are in front of The Town Hall
Audrey : Parts of the Town Hall were built in the early 1400s - amazing isn't it?
Lillian : Yes, dates like that are amazing to Australian dolls like us. Our photographer really liked this building
Audrey : There were lots of funny people like these, all in a line ...
Lillian : And Lions by the main entrance.
Audrey : You were very bwave Lillian.
Lillian : tee hee, I don't think he noticed me, he was very busy holding up that board thing.
Audrey : We got to play at being Sentries - but we didn't have the nice uniforms with lots of gold braid and buttons
Lillian : Maybe next time, we'll have to ask our stylist to make us some uniforms. I liked these ladies' outfits, especially that amazing head-dress.
Audrey : And did you notice the chap above all those chairs is playing an early form of 'cello?
Lillian : Perhaps a viol d'amore? Like the ones in the wonderful museum of Musical Instruments. We went there and it was great. It is in a wonderful Art Nouveau building and they give you head-phones so that when you stand in front of an instrument, you can hear it being played.
Audrey : Yes, that was a gweat place, wonderful to be able to hear all the instwuments - not just look at them. But, back to the Grote Place Lillian ...
Lillian : OK. Our photographer has a bit of a 'thing' for gargoyles
Audrey : Yes I know, have you met her husband?
Lillian : Don't be naughty Audrey. Gargoyles traditionally serve as rain water-spouts ... like this one on that Town Hall
Audrey : Well I think he drank far too much black Belgium beer and has a bad hang-over!
This guy is much nicer to look at - ain't he cute!
Lillian : Oh yes, that's round the corner from the Town Hall, it is a memorial to Karel Buls, he was a Mayor of Brussels.
Lillian : Well, let's leave you with some more photos of The Town Hall - and we'll save the photos of the rest of the buildings in the Grote Markt for our next post.
This is the spire of the Town Hall - with St Michael & Demon on the top.
And a night-time photo.