As promised - here we are again in the Grote Markt, the centre of old Brussels.
Lillian : In the last post we concentrated on the Town Hall which is on the Southern side of the square - directly opposite is La Maison du Roi (King's House) aka Het Broodhuis (the Breadhouse).
Audrey : It is between Rue Chair et Pain (street of flesh & bread) & Rue des Harengs (street of herrings) ... sandwich anyone?
Lillian : Perhaps some salade d'harengs - our stylist ate lots of that! Well here is a photo, The Breadhouse is the pretty grey building ...
Audrey : Yes it is very fancy - there are copper statues along the top and all sorts of stuff.
Lillian : It now houses the Museum of the City of Brussels - well worth a visit.
Audrey : They have all the Manneken-Pis' costumes there. He is such a Wude Little Boy but he has a lot of clothes.
Lillian : Yes, even Louis XV of France gave the Manneken a suit & gloves in 1698
Audrey : Lillian, those gwoves are a far too big!
Lillian : The rude boy is rather difficult to find and he is quite small, so back to the quite large Grand Square. The Eastern end is all restaurants and bars now - but they were Guild Halls ...
Audrey : Le Cygne does have a nice Swan ...
Lillian : More Guild Halls at the other end of the Square -
Audrey :Why is it called a square Lillian? It is weally more like a wectangle.
Lillian : Well, there is a listing of all these buildings on this web site. The 2nd from the left is called Le Cornet or Den Horen, it was built by Les Bateliers or boatmen.
Audrey : I thought it was Les Fat Lions.
Lillian : Yes, but look at all the other stuff - zoom in - there are men in work clothes ...
Audrey : Ooo the one on the left looks quite handsome.
Lillian : ... and putti blowing - being the wind for the sailing ships ...
Audrey : You mean those babies vomiting gold!
Lillian : and below the balcony - that is all very "marine" ...
Audrey : Oh! those are mer-horses! Even their front feet are sort of fins.
Lillian : Now look at the gilded things beside the windows - there are ropes, oars, anchors ...
Audrey : You have to look closely at these old buildings. Bit hard at the time though - they are quite over-whelming!
Lillian : The building to the left of that was our photographer's favourite - it was built by the drapers' guild.
Audrey : Ooo! fabric and nice things ...
Audrey : He is why they call this building Le Renard ... here he is with his lovely fluffy tail and behind him a refwecktion - is that the gold man-on-horsey on top of the Bwewer's building?
Audrey : Lots of buildings in Bwussels had hard-working babies on them, I don't think that babies should have to work!
Lillian : It is just decoration Audrey - they are rather cute.
Audrey : And fat! There were more of those panels of working babies on the drapers' building.
I think these babies are selling / buying nice things like gloves & beads & tassels.
Audrey : But what is going on there Lillian - it looks violent!Lillian : I think they are fulling - the process of felting up woolen fabric slightly to make it thicker, warmer & shower-proof.
See, the putti on the right is boiling the cloth - then one has twisted some fabric which the other one is ...
Audrey : He is going to hit the baby!
Lillian : Well this panel is non-violent -
Audrey : Looks like they are busy unfolding all the fabric and making a mess. Babies like making a mess.
Audrey : Have we told them ALL about the Grote Markt now? Because I was quite tired after all of those buildings.
Lillian : And hungry ...
Audrey : Oooo I remember now - that ENORMOUS waffle! And you are always saying that ...
"You should never eat anything larger than your head!"